Colutions for Today, planning for tomorrow

May 7-10, 2018

Rosemont, Illinois

Donald Stephens Convention Center

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Attend our FREE Solutions Stage Theater presentations, located on the Exhibit Hall floor, to hear subject matter experts educate on food safety issues and technologies and provide insight into potential solutions.  Open to all registered attendees, no additional cost to attend.


Wednesday • May 10, 2017

Time/Location Company Presenter Presentation Information 
Theater 1

Mark Haydon
Strategic Manager, Building Drainage
ACO Polymer Products, Inc.

Reduce Risk of Food Contamination with Hygienically Designed Drainage Solutions
Did you know that drains can contribute to up to 30% of total bacteria contamination risk within a food preparation area? Drainage is a critical component affecting the hygienic performance of food production. Effective, hygienically designed drainage systems help mitigate hazards from the external environment and are central to safe and sanitary food production. So often, drainage can be the source of ongoing operational or maintenance issues, but easy to be ‘out of sight and out of mind’. There are easy to clean, hygienic options available on the market that require no increased up-front costs, and provide lifetime cost of ownership benefits.

Theater 2
lubriplate Ellie Girard
OEM Marketing Analyst
LUBRIPLATE Lubricants Co.
NSF/H1 Food Machinery Lubricants: Understanding the Basics
Using NSF/H1 registered food machinery lubricants is the new standard at food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging facilities. During this presentation, attendees will be provided with a background on the regulatory history of food machinery lubricants and details about each of the NSF lubricant product category codes. In addition, attendees will learn about the many features and benefits that NSF/H1 food machinery lubricants offer as well as discuss the importance and ease of converting to a 100% NSF/H1 lubrication program.
Theater 1

Ted Andrew
Sr. Director, Marketing
Roka Bioscience 

Why Does a Better Pathogen Test Matter?
Choosing an appropriate pathogen test method is important. In today’s regulatory environment it is important to be proactive and use a highly accurate test method. If are unsure what method you are currently using for environmental testing or know that you are using an outdated method, now is the time to evaluate your current test method’s effectiveness. You will learn how the right technology, paired with the right processes, can drive better outcomes. Roka Bioscience has partnered with other industry leaders to help you understand your environment and the effectiveness of your preventative controls.
Theater 2
ReposiTrak Shelly Stegner
Director of Food Safety
Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG)

Your Approved Supplier Program is the Key to FSMA Compliance
FSMA Compliance is the new floor, not the ceiling. It’s difficult to manage your own FSMA compliance if you aren’t sure that your suppliers are meeting FSMA guidelines. How can you be sure? Join Shelly Stegner, Director of Food Safety for AWG (Associated Wholesale Grocers) as she talks about how they designed their Approved Supplier Program to ensure their 3,000+ vendors are complying with food safety, business and regulatory requirements, and how they have been able to scale their program and automate it with ReposiTrak.
Theater 1

mettler toledo

Robert Rogers
Senior Advisor Food Safety & Regulation
Mettler Toledo 

Want to Validate Your Metal Detector Now What?
Validation is a requirement for any food safety program yet guidance as to how to validate is difficult to find particularly when it comes to validating metal detection systems. We will discuss different validation methods including validating detection capability and validating system reject operation with this informative presentation.

Theater 2
arts way Karl Arend
Project Manager 
Art's Way Scientific Inc.

Onsite Laboratories – Mobile and Modular Solutions
No longer considered “job site trailers”, the modular construction of aesthetically pleasing yet highly functional food safety labs has significantly changed. This presentation showcases the benefits of modular solutions when quality, cost and timing are critical for food safety testing. Save up to 50% of the construction time while building a “high containment” laboratory to your specifications. We focus on providing the correct lab space needed to support your work flow. We consider all aspects of construction from support space, the number of personnel, to the HVAC system installed. We will illustrate how Art’s Way can provide a “Turnkey” solution that can be either a permanent structure or temporary facility.
Theater 1
brother Nick D’Alessio
Senior Business Development Manager
Brother Mobile Solutions

Executing a Cost Effective Food Labeling Solution for Grocery & Convenience Stores
Fresh and made to order foods have become a much larger part of the convenience and grocery store menu offering. Correctly labeling these foods has become a critical requirement, not only because state and federal regulations require it, but health conscious customers demand it. This does not need to be another technical challenge heaped upon the IT department or store owner. This presentation discusses how Brother Mobile Solutions has uniquely developed a simple, self-contained food labeling solution that works for both a single store and large multi-store enterprises.

Conference Center room 26
tegam Greg Tolentino
Product Manager

Temperature Data Integration for Existing Food Safety Management Systems
Temperature data collection and documentation is a major component of the FSMA. However, integrating temperature data into an existing food safety system can be challenging, costly, and require significant changes to current processes. Stop by and listen as we explain how TEGAM’s new 930 series Data Collection Thermometers are designed to fit into your processes, and can be easily integrated into your existing food safety system. Reduce risks and costs with TEGAM’s Temperature Data Collection Thermometers.

Conference Center room 26
verse Eric Dano
Sales Engineer
Verse Solutions 

Simplifying your Quality and Safety Management with Automation
There are plenty of reasons to be thankful for quality and safety management. A good Quality Management System (QMS) is going to automate all of your many processes for you—from the way you manage your documents, to the way you manage your risk, to corrective actions, to sending emails, training and more. It does a lot to help simplify your everyday tasks to take the brunt of the work out of your hands—literally. Automated QMS allows you to step away from the desk and the process, knowing that quality won’t suffer.

Conference Center room 26
airtesting Jason Vandagriff
Associate Lab Director
TRI Air Testing, Inc.

Validating a Compressed Air System for a Food or Beverage Production Facility
The presentation will detail the steps that a food or beverage production engineer, facility engineer, or QA manager should take in setting up the compressed air/gas portion of their facility validation. This will include the steps taken at IQ,OQ, and PQ to validate the system and how to develop a road map for routine monitoring of the major analytes of concern involving the compressed air/gas system. We will detail some common analyte specs found industry wide and how those specs may or may not fit into a particular facility or production process, or how TRI can help to establish custom specs to fit the quality and business model of the organization.

Thursday • May 11, 2017

Time Company Presenter Presentation Information 
Conference Center room 26


Christina Kelley-Astorga
Food Safety & Quality Systems, LLC

Andrew Wolpe
President & COO
Magnifi Group, Inc.

Federal Compliance and Security – Mission Critical when it comes to Facility Access under the Food Safety Modernization Act
Under FSMA, your facilities are subject to mandated inspections by the FDA, including records access. Consequently, the ability to efficiently and effectively track vendors, contractors and visitors who frequent your facilities has become a vital component to operational compliance. Each non-employee who enters your facilities must also have successfully completed necessary documentation – required by the FDA or by GFSI. This presentation will discuss the FSMA and GFSI requirement and demonstrate a new technology – in the form of an APP – that meets criteria for facility access while seamlessly integrating with your company’s existing operational methodologies.

Theater 1

Matt Schiering
Sani Professional

Q&A discussion with the 2017 Sani Award™ Winners

Theater 2

Tom Dobrinska
Regional Technical Services Manager
Rentokil Steritech
Bug’s Eye View: A Day in the Life of an Ingredient
The ingredients you use can play a significant role in your facility’s attractiveness to pests. In this session from one of the country’s top urban entomologists, learn how integrated pest management impacts the entire supply chain, how you can work with your provider to develop a proactive program that helps bolster your FSMA efforts, and about the coming revolution in pest control with the Internet of Things and how it will modernize your pest control program with an ultra-targeted, risk-based approach.
Theater 1

John Ginascol
VP Nutrition Supply Chain

Creating a Culture of Food Safety
Food safety isn’t just the responsibility of those with quality or safety in their titles; it is every employee’s responsibility. It takes a coordinated, consistent effort to ensure employees understand that the work they do every day matters and impacts the quality and safety of the food they make for our consumers. At Abbott we’ve developed a company culture, through behavior-guiding principles and programs, that helps keep what’s most important top of mind – safe, quality products for the people who use our products. We’ll provide insights into how we’re creating our culture of food safety.
Theater 2
spirax sarco

Bernie Sapp
National Account Manager – Food & Beverage
Spirax Sarco 
How Healthy is Your Steam System?
This presentation will discuss the top five ways food and beverage companies can improve their plant’s efficiency, safety, and sustainability goals. Spirax Sarco, experts in steam system solutions, will discuss how companies in the US and across the globe are optimizing production, reducing waste and removing hazards.
Theater 1
compliance metrix

Mitch Porche

Supplier & Product Performance - Key Metrics
This track will provide practical insights and examples on how you can lower supplier risk, drive product quality, and improve the overall effectiveness of your Food Safety and Quality programs. Learn how world’s leading brands are leveraging data, processes, and key metrics to build and manage high-performing Supply Chains.

Theater 2

Helen Littie
Director of Marketing and Operations

Laura Tomlinson
Director of Project Management

Utilizing Tech for Hazard Analysis, Preventive Controls and Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Learn how CompWALK helps you better establish and implement a food safety structure that focuses on analyzing hazards and risk-based preventive controls through the use of advance technology and online inspections. Not only will your documentation be accurate and easily accessible, but the platform automates a pattern of continuous monitoring, corrective actions and verification across your organization's operations. See how continuous monitoring of temperature is tied directly into the platform utilizing our Internet of Things (IoT) temperature device with configurable alerts and emails.
Theater 1
siemens  Peter De Moerloose
R&D Presales Director – Consumer Products and Retail
Siemens PLM Software, Inc.

Michael Schroeder
Portfolio Development Exec. – Consumer Products and Retail
Siemens PLM Software, Inc.

Opportunities for Realizing Transparency
Transparency is driving growth. Traceability, safety and experience are new additions to the traditional drivers of price, taste and convenience. Over half of consumers say decision making is more heavily weighted in these new areas. Complexity only increases as the industry chases profitable growth. According to IRI: Fresh Categories see 50% more growth than other categories 1. The New Normal stresses people and traditional processes. The threat stands in the way of delivering the necessary innovation while increasing risks to time, cost and quality. Is your company prepared to be as connected as your consumer?

Conference Center room 26
detectamet James E. Farmer Jr.
International Sales Director
Detectamet Inc

Why Detectables are a Preventable Control in Food Safety
Today’s food consumers have been pushing the food manufacturing industry into making food safely and with high quality. Manufactures are making food faster and faster with more automation but with many tasks still requiring human interaction. This causes for many points of entry for foreign contamination or the operator purposely adulterating the product. There are many points in automation equipment that create potential foreign matter due to machine breakage and maintenance work. Currently, the scrutiny that mass produced food is unsafe is not the reputation the industry needs, nor does the high cost of recalls due to foreign contamination. Detectable products show to be a preventive measure of foreign matter contamination allowing even plastics to be detected in the most commonly used inspection device, the metal detector.