Agenda

Monday, May 17th

Virtual reCONNECT Welcome Day
Tracks: General Sessions

12:30 PM ET
General Session

Welcome to Virtual reCONNECT 2021!

Sean O'Leary
CEO
FoodLogiQ

Katy Jones
COO
FoodLogiQ

Live Session

Join us for the opening keynote presentation as COO Katy Jones and CEO Sean O’Leary kick off our 4th annual reCONNECT event.

1:00 PM ET
General Session

Keynote: Crystal Washington

Crystal Washington

Live Session

Technology strategist and futurist Crystal Washington will be joining FoodLogiQ to deliver this year’s annual reCONNECT Keynote. Don’t miss Crystal’s insights on how the complex world of social media, apps, and web-based living apply to the food industry’s most pressing challenges.

Tuesday, May 18th

Industry Talks and Intro to FoodLogiQ Connect
Tracks: General Sessions, Guest Sessions

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Guest Session

Creating Value Through Cloud-Based Supplier Management

John Paul (JP) Gutierrez
VP of Client Solutions
FoodLogiQ

Live Session

Supplier Management is a multi-faceted function within every organization, often spanning across several teams including FSQA, procurement, strategic sourcing and risk. Learn FoodLogiQ’s approach to centralizing and streamlining key supplier management activities, from the daunting task of document compliance, to the ever-expanding developments around auditing, quality incidents, business requirements and more. Join this demo to learn how centralization on FoodLogiQ Connect can reduce the time it takes to manage your supplier network, increase the percentage of suppliers who are compliant to your QA, food safety and business standards by 30-50%, and increase credits request approvals by 25%.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Guest Session

Tech-Enabled Product Removals and Recall Modernization

Bryan Cohn
Food Safety Solutions Engineer
FoodLogiQ

Live Session

In the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, the FDA envisions product removals to take minutes, not weeks or days to execute. Not only does implementing removal systems of this caliber help protect consumers from tainted products, but centralized withdrawal technologies ensure you are protecting your brand and reducing costs. Discover how your business can leverage a broad spectrum of product withdrawal efficiencies to get recall times down to 2 hours or less, and establish more targeted and automated removal strategies. Join us for a demo of FoodLogiQ Connect Recall + Response and see how to launch configurable removals with the click of a button.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Guest Session

Tackling Traceability: a Manageable and Efficient Approach to Supply Chain Transparency

Bryan Cohn
Food Safety Solutions Engineer
FoodLogiQ

Live Session

With new traceability regulation taking form in 2021, many brands are preparing for more advanced food event recordkeeping requirements. With FoodLogiQ’s Trace + Trace product, traceability has never been more approachable. With our thoughtful approach to implementing and integrating centralized traceability technology into our client’s existing supply chain processes, along with our team of industry experts, it’s no wonder that FoodLogiQ Connect has handled over 60 million traceability events to date! Join this session to learn how FoodLogiQ can partner with your organization to optimize your supply chain and build efficiencies, increasing visibility that helps drive a smarter and more actionable supply chain program. For brands looking to start their journey with traceability, learn about FoodLogiQ’s introductory product: Track + Trace Receive – a suite within the Connect platform designed to position your team for longterm traceability success.

On-Demand: Tuesday, May 18th

General Session

Preparing for the Proposed FSMA 204 Rule with Chick-fil-A

Ryan Peters
Product Lead, Supply Chain Systems
Chick-fil-A

Julie McGill
VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Insights
FoodLogiQ

On Demand

Section 204 of the Food Safety Modernization Act instructs the FDA to develop additional recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. In the proposed rule, the FDA encourages firms to maintain required traceability information in a single electronic system. Learn how Chick-fil-A is preparing for the proposal, by leveraging GS1 Standards for identification, and utilizing FoodLogiQ Track + Trace for data capture, as well as operational efficiencies.

General Session

Interoperability in the New Era: Working Across Ecosystems, Speaking the Same Language

Gena Morgan
Strategic Consultant
GS1 US

Todd Dolinsky
CPO
FoodLogiQ

On Demand

The FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety represents a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system. This includes the exploration of interoperability across a variety of solutions. How will we get there? Hear about the GS1 US multi-phase proof-of-concept focused on supply chain visibility between FoodLogiQ, ripe.iO, IBM and SAP and how this collaboration removes the perceived barriers to full supply chain transparency.

General Session

Traceability 2.0 and the Adoption of RFID

Susan Flake
Global Director, Business Development Food and Logistics
Avery Dennison

Julie Vargas
VP, Commercial and Global Food
Avery Dennison

On Demand

Technology in food is ever-changing and RFID is enabling full product transparency across food systems. Inventory accuracy, product visibility, speed to market, and other benefits are realized. Hear how Avery Dennison and Zebra Technologies are paving the way, allowing brands to be connected, efficient and responsive to today’s supply chains, utilizing RFID technologies.

General Session

Democratizing Food and Building Diverse Businesses

Zoe Feldman
Head of Corporate Development and New Ventures
Chobani

Denise Woodard
CEO & Founder
Partake Foods

On Demand

Food is for everyone, but the industry is not always reflective of the diverse customer base impacted by the products and values driving the market trends across sectors. From brand marketing to product development and access, diverse leadership can help open the food industry to new possibilities, as well as better serve and feed a diverse public. Learn how food brand Partake Foods and Incubator Chobani Ventures have gone about fostering change from the inception and scaling of business.

General Session

Collaborate to Stay on Course for Supply Chain Optimization

Kathy Ramos
GS1 Traceability Program Manager
IPC/Subway

Hector Morales
VP, Strategic Partner Development
Aryzta

Caleb Carter
Enterprise Architect
Saladino's Foodservice

On Demand

Leveraging data to find operational and labor savings inside your business can be achieved – if the information is actionable and accurate. Speakers from Aryzta, Saladino’s and IPC/Subway will walk through the costs of insufficient data, and benefits that can be realized when trading partners work together to optimize their supply chains.

General Session

Using FoodLogiQ Data for Smarter Reporting and Agile Crisis Response with Whole Foods Market

Rima Issa
Data Analyst
Whole Foods Market

Victoria Goss
Team Lead and Program Manager
Whole Foods Market

On Demand

The use of data to make predictions or gather insights has a myriad of applications throughout the food supply chain. Advanced reporting can be applied to a diversity of food events to reveal inefficiencies, risks, product performance insights, food stability, and more. With over 60 million Critical Tracking Events within the FoodLogiQ Connect platform, hundreds of thousands of documents, incidents, and over a million products, FoodLogiQ data holds vast and growing potential for enabling a smarter food system. Learn how Whole Foods Market has leveraged the power of FoodLogiQ Connect data to innovate reporting across a number of datasets and new programs. Hear Whole Food Market’s Rima Issa speak to specific reporting use cases and wins, including building APIs to pull incident data and create Tableau dashboards for enhanced cleaning protocols at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Session

Operational Efficiency: Maximizing Food Safety Management in the 21st Century

Patrick McGrath
VP Solutions Sales & Marketing
Testo

Eric Moore
Director of Food Safety and Industry Outreach
Testo

Patrick Guzzle
Vice President of Food Science and Industry
National Restaurant Association

Benjamin Chapman
PhD
NC State University

On Demand

Food safety management in the 21st century is becoming increasingly characterized by automation and data-informed management decisions. IoT devices are either automatically generating the food safety data or advanced tools are enabling people to report data more accurately and quickly than ever before. These operational savings are compounded when management uses software to turn the data into actionable information. As businesses and regulators demand more data, the use of modern tools to easily create, collect, and process the data into actionable information is crucial. Consumers’ awareness and expectations has also changed around food safety and health and the industry is leveraging technology to communicate and support consumer confidence. See how data-driven, smarter food safety management can streamline operations and protect consumer health with technologies and innovative food safety solutions.

Wednesday, May 19th

Virtual reCONNECT Roundtable Discussions
Tracks: Customer and Guest Sessions

Live Roundtable Discussions

2:00 PM ET

Customer and Guest Session

Increasing Value Cross-Functionally with FoodLogiQ Connect

Jason Brown
Specialist, Quality Assurance
Dine Brands

Anna Ploegh
Director, Content and Growth Marketing
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

Food safety and supplier management systems are often managed and understood best by a handful of departments. However, the work and processes offered by a streamlined platform like Connect serves and impacts the goals of every business unit. Learn how some brands have lifted the curtain and brought in cross-functional teams—from operations to leadership—to understand and benefit from centralized supply chain management. What sorts of reports and processes have started in food safety or quality, and become essential workflows across organizations and locations? Join this session to learn examples and workshop your own ideas.

Customer and Guest Session

FSMA 204: Enhanced Traceability Record Keeping Q&A with the FDA

Andrew Kennedy
New Era Technology Team Leader
FDA

Julie McGill
VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Insights
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

In the Food Traceability Rule, FSMA 204, the FDA is proposing to establish additional traceability record keeping requirements. When finalized, the proposal would standardize the data elements and information that companies must establish and maintain to facilitate rapid and accurate traceability needed to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks. Learn about the proposed rule, and ask questions at this interactive roundtable.

Customer and Guest Session

Empowering Women in the Food Industry

Carla Hechler
Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety
Thrive Market

Willette M. Crawford
PhD, MPH, Principal Program Lead, Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Chick-Fil-A

Katy Jones
COO
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

FoodLogiQ is proud to bring you a session promoting and supporting women within the food industry. In this roundtable session, we will discuss the challenges facing women in the industry, while celebrating the leadership women provide in developing a stronger food system. Join peers, women and allies to discuss strategies for career advancement, while taking stock of the concrete value women bring to brand innovation and holistic market development.

Customer and Guest Session

Harnessing the Power of Tech-Enabled Audits

Ashley Wulf
FSQA Senior Manager
Tyson Foods

Marcus Puente
FSQA Supplier Manager
Tyson Foods

Emily Dunn
Customer Success Manager
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

Audits and assessments are powerful tools for maintaining compliance and telling a more sophisticated brand story. From maintaining compliance to enabling your brand to showcase the high globally recognized standards and accreditations your company adheres to, audits are the validation mechanism for a diversity of food safety, quality or sustainability directives. Using FoodLogiQ Connect, brands can manage internal, second and third-party audits from a centralized system. Join this roundtable session to learn how to see value from tech-enabled auditing across all your locations and suppliers.

3:00 PM ET

Customer and Guest Session

Transforming Your Business Through Global Certifications

Karil L. Kochenderfer
Principal
Linkages

Neil Marshall
Executive Leader

Katy Jones
COO
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

Global certifications enable industries to promote transparent, international, mutually-agreed-upon standards. At their best, they help modernize business practices, lower the barrier for innovation, and offer clearer, common-sense consumer protections reflective of the interconnected economies people participate in. Interoperability powered by consensus-based business and product standards promises a more well-oiled food supply chain. Join this roundtable session to learn the state of global food safety standards and certifications, and discuss how industry leaders can work towards a more cost-effective, innovative approach to recognizing quality and enabling transparency.

Customer and Guest Session

Connecting As An Industry: Building a Food Safety Network

Bryan Armentrout
Founder
The Food Safety Foundation

Michael Muraca
Enterprise Account Executive
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

How do we stay connected as an industry in the age of Zoom calls and leaner operations? Join us for a discussion on staying connected as food safety professionals. Engage with key topics affecting industry professionals today, and learn how to build a deeper involvement with the other like minded professionals. Connecting with peers has always been an essential piece of building a stronger and more creative industry. Learn how you can more effectively share ideas and mutually support the world of food safety as part of a network.

Customer and Guest Session

Getting Started with RFID

Pete Heinrich
Engagement Manager
Zebra Technologies

Amy Awe
Manager, Market Development
Avery Dennison

Todd Dolinsky
CPO
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

Whether you’re a foodservice operator, grocery retailer, distributor or a supplier, it’s important to have an understanding of what makes a successful RFID program. This technology has made great advances in the food sector over the past several years, removing the initial barriers to adoption. In this roundtable, we will cover the basics of RFID 101, highlight the efficiencies it brings, and the value to your business.

Customer and Guest Session

Challenges Carry Us Forward: Foodservice Reflections

John W Inwright
Chairman
GS1 US

Julie McGill
VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Insights
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

John Inwright has been a champion in the food industry throughout his career, which includes UFPC (YUM! Brands Co-op), US Foods, Wendy’s QSCC, and he is currently serving as the Chairman of the GS1 US Board of Governors. In this “fireside chat”, he’ll share his 2020 reflections, vision and insights for where the industry is headed, and how servant leadership shaped his perspective. Join us for this engaging and enlightening roundtable.

Customer and Guest Session

Food Safety Responding to Crisis

Bruce Reinstein
Partner
Kinetic12

Anna Ploegh
Director, Content and Growth Marketing
FoodLogiQ

Live Discussion

Food safety professionals are no stranger to responding to crisis. However, 2020 brought new and unfamiliar challenges to food businesses at every level of the organization. Join this session to discuss how food safety best practices paved the way for crisis response, as well as how the field has changed in light of lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic. Network with other quality and safety leaders on how they have reorganized and strategized to drive an even more responsive and intelligent organization.

Thursday, May 20th

Industry Talks
Tracks: General Sessions, Customer Sessions, Supplier Sessions

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Customer Session

Tips and Tricks: Making the Most of the FoodLogiQ Connect Spring Release

Courtney Cucchiara
Director of Customer Success
FoodLogiQ

Live Session

Join the FoodLogiQ Customer Success Team for a live session on the FoodLogiQ Connect Spring Release, and how to make the most of new functionality. Dive into our newly added features and learn best practices for navigating the latest iteration of the platform. We’ll walk through what’s new in FoodLogiQ Connect, including primary use cases, and provide training on how to configure and update processes at your organization.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Supplier Session

Mastering Business Requirements as a Supplier

Troy Coll
Tech Support Team Lead
FoodLogiQ

Live Session

Ever wonder why To-Dos appear on your Connect Supplier Dashboard? Our Implementation Team is here to help! This live session will offer guidance to suppliers on our platform to better understand the Connect onboarding experience. Get an inside view into how requirements are configured by Community Owners, and gain a deeper understanding of what triggers To-Dos. Join this session to learn how to best engage with your clients and build closer working relationships.

On-Demand: Thursday, May 20th

General Session

Importance of the Digitization of the Food Supply Chain

Professor Morgan Swink
TCU Professor, Eunice and James L. West Chair of Supply Chain Management, Executive Director
Center for Supply Chain Innovation

On-Demand

As suppliers, distributors and food brands adopt shared data standards and digitize their records, the industry will transform from farm to fork through the insights and efficiencies gained using a variety of advanced technologies like machine learning. However, to reap these benefits a strong foundation in digital records and interoperable standards usage is key. Learn about establishing a program for supply chain digitization, as well as the short-term and long-term benefits of laying this foundation.

General Session

Getting Started with Traceability

Amber Engebretson
Senior Manager of Supply Chain
Chipotle Mexican Grill

On-Demand

Looking for insights on establishing or enhancing your traceability program? Need help decoding the “alphabet soup” of acronyms, including GLN, GTIN and GS1-128? Learn how to build your program, manage implementation, and how tech enabled traceability can enhance your operations. Amber Engebretson, Senior Manager of Supply Chain at Chipotle Mexican Grill, will share how FoodLogiQ Track + Trace improved their business processes and enhanced supply chain visibility.

 

General Session

The Future of Food Engineering

Tom Mastrobuoni
Chief Investment Officer
Big Idea Ventures

Jessica Almy
Director of Policy
The Good Food Institute

Scott Stillwell
PhD, President and CEO
Stillwell Consultative Service

Katy Jones
COO
FoodLogiQ

On-Demand

Engineered foods have achieved a new level of public awareness in recent years. Consumers have proved that they will welcome scientific intervention in food if there are clear environmental, economic or nutritional benefits. From comprehensive meal replacements to plant-based alternatives, engineered foods will continue to bring creative solutions to complex issues throughout the industry. Learn more about this developing product category, the market supporting it and why more brands and businesses are considering these products an essential offering.

General Session

The Future is Emerging – What You Need to Know

Melanie Nuce
SVP, Corporate Development
GS1 US

On-Demand

Technology changed the way we eat, shop and live in 2020. Hear about new and emerging technologies that will enable consumers and businesses in the future. Learn about digital identity, digital reputation, IoT, ML, AI, omnichannel, and other exciting innovations that are just on the horizon. Join Melanie Nuce, GS1 US SVP, Corporate Development on this tech journey.

General Session

Establishing a Robust Quality Assurance, Food Safety and Recall Management Program with First Watch

Jasmine Hagan
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance
First Watch Restaurants

Rachel McDowell
Customer Success Manager
FoodLogiQ

On-Demand

There are many elements to developing a solid QA & food safety program, from efficient supplier approval and onboarding, to effective document and task management, to swift and successful recall execution. Join First Watch’s Senior Manager of Quality Assurance Jasmine Hagan as she discusses how the popular breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant brand has established a QA & food safety program that prioritizes freshness, quality and consumer safety, even through the disruption brought on by COVID-19.

 

General Session

The Evolving Definition of Food Safety

Alison Grantham
PhD and Founder
Grow Well Consulting

Katy Jones
COO
FoodLogiQ

On-Demand

Join Grow Well Consulting Founder and Principal, Alison Grantham, PhD and FoodLogiQ COO Katy Jones for a lively discussion on the convergence of new tools and desires within the food industry. Learn how industry leadership is reconciling narrow regulatory definitions of food safety with broader consumer pressure for better food quality, more functional foods, concerns about long-term health, and socially just and responsible production. Gain a deeper understanding of the intersections between food safety, climate accountability and sustainability, as well as how modernized frameworks for verification like food traceability offer a more robust model for verification to accelerate change and improve our food system.

Friday, May 21st

Conference Closing 
Tracks: General Sessions

On-Demand: Friday, May 21st

General Sessions

Virtual reCONNECT 2021: Lasting Thoughts and Conference Closure

Katy Jones
COO
FoodLogiQ

On-Demand

As we close the books on this year’s gathering, FoodLogiQ COO Katy Jones will share remarks with our attendees at the end of the week.