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Leveraging Technology: Implementing a Digital Transformation to Simplify Compliance Processes and Improve Quality
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Leveraging Technology: Implementing a Digital Transformation to Simplify Compliance Processes and Improve Quality

— Valérie SieurinChief Quality OfficerUnilever Valerie Sieurin heads up Unilever’s Quality team and is a part of Unilever’s Business Operations Leadership Team. Valerie started her career in Research and Development (R&D) at Cadbury Schweppes Bottling Group. From to 2003 to 2012, Valerie covered various R&D roles in Danone Beverages and Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition when in 2012 she was appointed to Vice President of Quality and Food Safety at Danone. Valerie joined Unilever from Reckitt, she started as Global Health Quality Director and was promoted to Senior Vice President Global Head of Quality. In this role, she initiated the…

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Leveraging Digital Solutions to Enhance Food Safety at PepsiCo, Globally
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Leveraging Digital Solutions to Enhance Food Safety at PepsiCo, Globally

— Mahir BhagiaChief Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) OfficerPepsiCo Mahir is currently Vice President of Food safety at PepsiCo Inc( $80B annual revenue). He leads global food safety organization, which is responsible for setting the standards and governing the processes for delivering right food safety standards for all categories (Foods & Beverages) with every pack and every bottle produced by more than 1100 manufacturing plants in PepsiCo portfolio globally. He has been working at PepsiCo for more than 25 years with gradually increasing responsibilities. He started in India, worked in various Operations/supply chain roles including plant manager of the…

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Harnessing Big Data for Enhanced Food Safety and Quality in the Digital Age
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Harnessing Big Data for Enhanced Food Safety and Quality in the Digital Age

Howard PopoolaVP – Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory ComplianceKroger In his role as the Vice President of Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory Compliance for The Kroger Company, Cincinnati, OH. Howard has the overall strategic responsibility and direction for food safety, quality assurance and product development for the entire Kroger company, this includes approximately 2500 retail stores, 42 Warehouses, and Kroger’s 32 own manufacturing facilities – Dairy, Bakery, Pet Food and Grocery plants. Prior to joining Kroger, he led product integrity and regulatory compliance functions as Vice President at Topco Associates – a private label procurement company in Elk Grove Village,…

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Risk Management and Governance Approaches in a Rapidly Changing World
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Risk Management and Governance Approaches in a Rapidly Changing World

Alan LittlechildGlobal VP Quality & Food SafetyMars Alan is Global VP of Quality and Food Safety for Mars Wrigley, based in Chicago. Through his career to date, he has worked in Manufacturing, Procurement and across R&D and leading all aspects of quality and food safety internally and through supply and distribution chains across the world. Alan is originally from the UK, having relocated to the US almost 9 years ago. Fortunate to work with many global food manufacturers, along with many smaller organizations and startups, Alan has spent the last few years embedding foundational shifts in quality and food safety…

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An Alternate View of the Importance of ‘AI’
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An Alternate View of the Importance of ‘AI’

Dan FoneSr. Director II – US Food Safety SMEWalmart Dan Fone has been in the food industry for more than 30 years and has worked internationally across various food safety and environmental compliance programs as a regulator, a systems assessor and consultant/advisor. Dan joined Walmart in 2017 as Senior Director for International Food Safety and was promoted to Senior Director II – US Food Safety SME for Walmart US in 2019 where he currently leads the Walmart US food safety team in all aspects of store/club and supply chain food safety. Dan has worked extensively in the field of behavior,…

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Global Food Safety Leadership: “Being Right is Not Enough”
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Global Food Safety Leadership: “Being Right is Not Enough”

Mary Weaver GertzChief Food Safety & Quality Assurance OfficerYum! Brands Mary has been a Food Safety and Quality leader in the retail and restaurant space for over 25 years. She has been with YUM! brands as a Food Safety leader for almost 10 years and was elevated to Chief Food Safety & Quality Officer in 2020. YUM brands includes KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger grill  and Mary’s accountability spans over 50,000 restaurants and 9,000 suppliers across 140 countries.  Mary leads Yum!’s Food Safety governance and restaurant Food Safety vision and is defining the next generation ecosystem…

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Nourishing the Future: Exploring the Symbiosis of Food Quality and Sustainability Development
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Nourishing the Future: Exploring the Symbiosis of Food Quality and Sustainability Development

Delving into the intricate relationship between food quality and sustainability; how they complement and reinforce each other to create a more responsible food system How ensuring food quality inherently supports sustainable practices? Why we need to utilize resources efficiently, to enhance food quality and business acumen? How quality plays a role in downstream, own company and upstream practices? Showcasing examples of cross functional relationships to develop a sustainability baseline Ray Kosmicki VP, Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Prinova USA Raymond joined Prinova USA in 2016 and leads the Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory departments. He also leads Prinova’s Global…

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From Seed to Sip: Achieving Consistent and Sustainable Quality in World-Class Brewing
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From Seed to Sip: Achieving Consistent and Sustainable Quality in World-Class Brewing

Kristopher SchollGlobal VP Brewing, Quality, & Raw Material OperationsAnheuser-Busch InBev Kristopher Scholl is currently the Global VP – Brewing, Quality, & Raw Material Operations for AB-InBev. He started his brewing career at Anheuser-Busch in 1995 and has worked in various roles from a brewing intern to Sr. Brewmaster at the St. Louis, MO, Jacksonville, FL, and Baldwinsville, NY breweries. Additionally, Kris served as the Sr. General Manager for the Merrimack, NH and Newark, NJ breweries. He also worked as Director of Supply Performance Management for North America and as Global Director of Brewing & Quality. In 2013, Kris left ABI…

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Panel: Understanding the Interconnected Ecosystem of Food Quality, Regulatory, and Safety
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Panel: Understanding the Interconnected Ecosystem of Food Quality, Regulatory, and Safety

Julie RamseyDirector, FSQAImpossible Foods Julie Ramsey is the Director of FSQA at Impossible Foods. Impossible Foods was founded to transform the global food system and reduce the impact of climate change by making the world’s most delicious, nutritious, and sustainable meat, fish, and dairy — from plants. At Impossible Foods, Julie is responsible for food safety and quality at the manufacturing sites and throughout distribution. Her scope includes creating systems and procedures to ensure successful product launches and manufacturing, product specifications,food safety systems, continual improvement in product quality and performance, and monitoring the product throughout the supply chain. Julie previously…

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Creating a Sustainable FSQ Culture of Connectivity, Clarity, and Consistency
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Creating a Sustainable FSQ Culture of Connectivity, Clarity, and Consistency

Maria WedelVP, Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory AffairsCargill Inc. Maria Wedel currently holds the position of VP, Quality & Regulatory (FSQR) for Cargill Protein North America. Maria joined Cargill in August of 2000 in their Protein Egg Segment and worked in a variety of roles within the business prior to moving to the Turkey & Cooked Meats Segment. Throughout her time with Cargill she had a variety of roles spanning the multiple functions of FSQR, Operations and General Management. In 2014, she left Cargill and worked for a small baking company, Legendary Baking, as the business FSQR Lead and also…

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Reshaping the Process: How to Enhance Food Safety & Quality through Performance Metrics and Digital Transformations
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Reshaping the Process: How to Enhance Food Safety & Quality through Performance Metrics and Digital Transformations

Spir MarinakisVP of Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Technical Services & SanitationMaple Leaf Foods Spir is currently serving as Vice President, Food Safety, Quality and Technical Services for processed meats, further processed poultry, fresh poultry, fresh pork at Maple Leaf Foods (MLF).  As overall leader of this function Spir is accountable for the strategic direction to deliver on MLF’s Food Safety & Quality (FS&Q) strategy, Food Safety Promise, Quality Vision, day-to-day operations of the FS&Q Management Systems and Microbiology and Chemistry labs that service all MLF’s plants. Spir began her professional career at Unilever Canada, one of the world’s largest CPG…

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Advancements in Contamination Detection: Safeguarding Our Food Supply
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Advancements in Contamination Detection: Safeguarding Our Food Supply

Sonny Brar, MBAGlobal VP, Food Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Quality Assurance and Regulatory AffairsFiera Foods Sonny is the Global Vice President of Quality Assurance and Occupational Health & Safety for the second largest manufacturer of baked goods in North America-Fiera Foods. His role ensures overall compliance with quality assurance, food safety and workplace health, safety and law regulations. Sonny oversees regulatory compliance for North America, Japan, and Mexico. While also teaching Food Safety at the Centre for Disease Control at York University. Previously to this, he held similar leadership and executive roles for IKEA, Maple Leaf Foods, ToysRUs/BabiesRUs and…

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How to Use AI and Intelligent Automation to Drive Supplier and Product Compliance
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How to Use AI and Intelligent Automation to Drive Supplier and Product Compliance

Do you want to know how to drive the business of today and tomorrow with more speed, experimentation, and cost efficiency while continuing to provide consumer safety and maintain brand dedication? This session is for you! — Sara Jane BellocchiNetworked Ingredients Functional ConsultantTraceGains Sara Jane has led R&D, quality, and regulatory teams throughout the NPD lifecycle from innovation to commercialization. She has over 10 years of experience in the natural foods industry and an educational background in Nutrition Science and International Food Law and Regulations. Her professional designations include Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI), BRCGS…

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Item-Level Traceability and Visibility in Food Safety – The New Normal
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Item-Level Traceability and Visibility in Food Safety – The New Normal

— Moderator: Bart De MuynckStrategic AdvisorMojix, Inc. Bart De Muynck is an Industry Thought Leader with over 30 years of Supply Chain and Logistics experience. Bart has worked for major International companies such as EY, GE Capital, Penske Logistics, PepsiCo as well as several Tech companies. Bart spent 8 years as a VP of Research at Gartner and most recently served as the Chief Industry Officer at project44. Bart is a sought-after speaker who is currently advising multiple companies and industry organizations in Logistics. Bart is also a writer for FreightWaves, a member of the Forbes Technology Council and CSCMP’s…

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Digital Transformation of HACCP: Same Principles, Better Outcomes
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Digital Transformation of HACCP: Same Principles, Better Outcomes

Geert Van KempenHead of Food & Beverage StrategyVeeva Systems After receiving his PhD in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, joined Unilever R&D in 1998. He has 20+ years of experience in Foods, R&D, innovation, Quality and Quality systems. Geert has spent most of his R&D career working for Unilever’s Spreads Division, developing expertise in oils & fats, and product & processing development. As a member of Unilever’s global Quality group, initially responsible for Spreads & Dressings, including the development of several Foods GMPs, and later responsible for Unilever’s supplier & manufacturing Quality systems, and led Unilever’s global digital…

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Digital Transformation With Cloud-Based Software Solutions Ensures FSMA Compliance – It All Starts With Data
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Digital Transformation With Cloud-Based Software Solutions Ensures FSMA Compliance – It All Starts With Data

Vikram MankarPrincipal Product ManagerGE Digital Vikram is the Principal Product Manager for GE Digital with a focus on Process/CPG/F&B industries. Vikram brings 19 years of experience in product management, delivery and sales of manufacturing software systems. He started his career with EDS at GM’s Linden Truck plant. In 2006 he joined GE and has spent the last 17 years in different roles focused on Manufacturing Operations Management across multiple industries.

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