Navigate Your New Reality

The frozen food industry and all of it’s essential workers have been hard at work in 2020 keeping grocery shelves stocked and people fed. The supply chain has been resilient but the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored some new challenges for frozen food companies. We are convening this virtual summit to discuss the new reality frozen food companies face so that they are prepared for the future. 

Post Event Update: It was great seeing everyone at the Summit. We will post recordings of the education sessions on this page as soon as they are available. Thanks again to all our attendees, speakers and sponsors for your participation!

Networking Opportunities

Does your company have a product or service that frozen food companies could benefit from? Then secure a FREE networking table in our virtual exhibition hall so that attendees can drop in and learn more about what your company has to offer. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Agenda

Wednesday, September 23 (EST)

12:15 – 1 p.m. 
Networking in Virtual Exhibit Hall

1 – 1:15 p.m. 
Summit Welcome from Alison Bodor, President & CEO, AFFI

1:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Education Sessions

1:15 – 2 p.m. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge disruptor for the food industry in 2020. During this session we will explore the latest developments on emerging technologies like traceability, transparency, blockchain and more that can help companies operate more efficiently now and into the future. 

Speaker: 
Scott Likens, New Services & Emerging Technology Leader, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

2:05 – 2:45 p.m. 

Buying online has only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all experiencing longer than normal shipping times as the demand is higher than ever for most third-party logistics (3PLs) companies. This panel discussion will provide insights from companies that are on the front lines in the ever growing direct to consumer marketplace.

Speakers:
Matt Davis, CEO, Mosaic Foods
Julian Corash, VP of Operations, Splendid Spoon
Bobby Bailey, VP of Marketing, Burris Logisitics
Megan Caruso, Account Executive, Burris Logistics

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break

3:00 – 3:35 p.m. 

Forecasting your raw material packaging needs can be a challenge, especially when you are at the mercy of your vendors. COVID-19 exemplified that challenge for many manufacturers the last few months. This session will provide information on how to properly forecast and prepare for the future, like a second wave, and will share key takeaways you can use with your own supply chain partners. 

Speakers:
Mike Dennis, Chief Commerical Officer, Garlock Printing & Converting
Skye Wellington, Sales & Marketing Manager, Garlock Printing & Converting

3:40 – 4:15 p.m.

Find out how coronavirus has affected cold storage construction and renovations in 2020. Our panel of experts will discuss changes to loading docks and other points of entry, reconfigured warehouse footprints and staff social areas to accommodate social distancing, how automation is being implemented to reinforce pandemic precautions, plus much more.   

Speaker: 
Michael Costa, Editor-in-Chief, Refrigerated and Frozen Foods
Steve Tippmann, Executive Vice President, Tippmann Group
Josh Currie, Senior Project Manager, Fisher Construction Group
Forrest D. McNabb, President of National Food & Beverage, Big-D Construction

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Networking in the Virtual Exhibit Hall