Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
October 1-3rd, 2017

This event is co-located with

Renaissance Schaumburg
October 1-3rd, 2017

Educational Program

IMPACT brings its attendees a comprehensive  program that is 100% peer-driven and developed by 24 steering committee members. The program addresses the major challenges seen in today’s food and beverage industry, from keeping up with food trends and customer demands, to regulatory compliance, packaging and logistics and distribution management. 

Paired with full access to the co-located manufacturing summit tracks which include sessions on maintaining a successful continuous improvement system, plant administration, and managing innovation, technology and workforce, IMPACT is a must-attend event for all manufacturing executives.

Attendees are also able to customize their schedule and choose topics from 4  different tracks to fit their specific needs.

                                                                         PROGRAM KEY THEMES/TRACKS

Product Development and Innovation to Keep Up with Food Trends

This track was designed for leaders and innovators in the food industry. As consumers keep pushing towards trends like clear labelling, plant-based products, reduced sugar, and healthy options, it has become pivotal for food companies to stay-up to-date, innovate, and develop products that will keep up with the ever-changing landscape. In this track leaders will discuss challenges, opportunities and winning strategies to stay ahead and remain successful in a highly competitive industry. 

Food Safety and Regulatory Requirements

Food safety and regulatory compliance is at the forefront of the food industry.  There is no doubt on the great challenge that food & beverage companies undertake in terms of keeping up with recent standards and regulations. Recent regulations such GHS and FSMA can be complicated and intricate to understand and implement into current operations. During the track speakers will discuss leading approaches on how to keep up and stay compliant with food safety regulations.

Logistics and Distribution Challenges in Manufacturing

Sustainable packaging is no longer a want for food and beverage manufacturers, it is now essential. To stay competitive in the current market and to thrive in the future, food and beverage companies must become sustainable.  During this track, subject matter experts will discuss sustainable packaging and leading practices that will satisfy consumer demand and will contribute to a significant competitive advantage.

Packing and Sustainability 

Food and beverage manufacturers continue to devote considerable efforts into efficient warehousing and transportation. An effective and strategic distribution channel is crucial for many manufacturers and can enable F&B companies to reduce cost and risk.  During this track, leaders will discuss some long-term and strategic supply chain initiatives to optimize network operations.

 

Keynote Presentations

Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

SPEAKERS

Jon Sobel
CEO & Co-Founder, Sight Machine

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Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

By 2022 Smart factories will deliver an estimated $500B in value and a 7x increase in overall productivity. What can manufacturing leaders do today to ensure short-term investments support the capabilities required for near and long-term Digital Manufacturing success?

Key Take-Aways 

  • How can companies identify their current level of Digital Readiness?
  • What use cases become available as a company increases their Digital Readiness?
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementations?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world's most advanced Digital Manufacturers?
Building Smarter Manufacturing With The Internet of Things

SPEAKERS

Stephen Engel
Senior Vice President, Practice Lead, Hitachi Consulting

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Building Smarter Manufacturing With The Internet of Things

Are you pleased with your current margins?  Does your revenue grow by single digits?  Is 2017 another year of “trimming costs” to be more efficient with the result being mediocre at best?
Hitachi has 100+ years of manufacturing experience.  Today, convergence of operational technology and information technology enables manufacturers to be more efficient, agile, and profitable.   Learn how Hitachi has employed IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve internal manufacturing challenges and address customer pain points, to realize real operational savings.
Key Take-Aways 
  • Where is manufacturing headed? IoT will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold
  • With IoT, IP networks and analytics, manufacturers can become more efficient, improve worker safety and offer new business models
  • IoT will help manufacturers improve resource efficiency, safety and return on assets
  • Manufacturers that master this new dynamic will have a variety of new opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings

 

Breakout Presentations

Leading Faster, Better and Sustainable Product and Supply Chain Innovation in today’s Changing World

SPEAKERS

Pietro Di Pilato
Senior Vice President North America Manufacturing and Distillation, Diageo

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Leading Faster, Better and Sustainable Product and Supply Chain Innovation in today’s Changing World

In this session, attendees will learn how Diageo North America has achieved success by identifying and implementing innovative approaches throughout its supply chain. From planning and manufacturing to liquid development and packaging, Pietro Di Pilato will share innovative approaches that :  In this session, attendees will learn how Diageo North America has achieved success by identifying and implementing innovative approaches throughout its supply chain. From planning and manufacturing to liquid development and packaging, Pietro Di Pilato will share innovative approaches that have increased the company’s ability to execute faster, better and more sustainably in today’s rapidly changing world. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Using data analytics to improve inventory management
  • Driving faster product development and achieve speed to market
  • Improving improve environmental sustainability across the supply chain
  • Transforming packaging through innovation
  • Inspiring your people to experiment and unlock opportunities for growth

 

People: Still our Most Valuable Resource? – Challenges and Opportunities to Increasing Engagement

SPEAKERS

Justin Kobler
Vice President of Manufacturing, Land O'Frost

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People: Still our Most Valuable Resource? – Challenges and Opportunities to Increasing Engagement

This growing Food & Beverage company's insights based approach to investing in their people to generated revenue growth.  This presentation will address how you can achieve success by focusing on your people by providing education, practicing servant leadership and building systems to support behaviors. 

Key Take-Aways 

  • Realizing the value of retained employees
  • Mgmt committed to applying
  •       a. Transformational leadership approach
  •       b. New technologies that support people as operators and leaders
  •       c. Training and development to supplement skills at all levels
  •  Automation as an alternative to increasing labor to support growth
 
What Does it Take to Create Innovation that Wins?

SPEAKERS

Andria Long
Vice President of Innovation, Johnsonville Sausage LLC

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What Does it Take to Create Innovation that Wins?

This Food & Beverage industry's leading best in class insights based approach to innovation has generated significant organic revenue growth for a  diverse  range of companies in terms of size, ownership (private/family run/public), cultures, innovation capabilities and business stage (during & post acquisition, transformation, turnaround) as well as brands in terms of market position, size, budgets & categories.  This presentation  will address  how you can achieve  success rates well above industry norms  both in terms of revenue generated,  and sustainability – staying power in market. 

Key-Takeaways 

  • Penetrate a crowded marketplace
  • Techniques on how to ensure you are only pushing the best ideas forward
  • Best practices to using innovative approaches for revenue growth
Servant of the Customer; Driving Sustainable Competitive Advantage by Actively Leading a Quality Culture and Production of a Great Widget

SPEAKERS

Mike Davis
Director of Quality, Baldwin Richardson Foods

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Servant of the Customer; Driving Sustainable Competitive Advantage by Actively Leading a Quality Culture and Production of a Great Widget

This presentation will address the principle objectives are to drive engagement with each other and encourage serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives. Humble Pie – Lessons in Leadership through Humility (a modest view of one’s own importance)

Key Take-Aways

  • Act with Humility
  • Be a Giver
  • Challenge yourself to be a better leader
  • Listen and Learn
Allergies: The Power of QR Codes to Protect your Customers and Your Company

SPEAKERS

Colleen Kavanagh
CEO, Founder, ZEGO Snacks

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Allergies: The Power of QR Codes to Protect your Customers and Your Company

Food allergy awareness and prevalence are on the rise and FALCPA raises companies' liability for cross contamination. Learn how ZEGO has revolutionized allergy transparency for better consumer AND company protection.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Companies are increasingly being held responsible for cross contact.
  • Most of cross contact comes in as contamination in your other ingredients.
  • Batch testing the final product gives you constant feedback on your supply chain and operational effectiveness.
  • Tying the batch test results to the QR code on your packaging gives your customers the information they need to decide if eating that particular product is safe for them.
  • Costs of testing are minimal compared to cost of recall and could prevent a consumer having a reaction, hospitalization or fatality. You protect your customer and your brand
Industrialization of New Products

SPEAKERS

Joaquin Anon Suarez
Performance Manager, Danone Wave

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Industrialization of New Products

In the F&B industry, we are in a time of continuous innovation, as our portfolio changes all the time. Speed to Market and Costumer Service Level are key to survive in this environment. In the INDUSTRIALIZATION OF NEW PRODUCTS a clear and detailed VSUP  (Vertical Start Up Process) is required. This presentation will walk you step by step through this process. This process allowed me to manage multiple successful projects, meeting the launch windows on time with quantity and quality. Practice, Rigor and Discipline of this process is a competitive advantage you can not ignore. 

Key Take-Aways 

  • New innovation industrialization time lines
  • Detail Vertical Start Up Process
  • Resources need it for implementation of the process
  •  Results and examples
 
Making Natural Products Work in Your Operation

SPEAKERS

Mark Novak
Director of Operations, Global Organics

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Making Natural Products Work in Your Operation

Production operations are increasingly asked to use less processed materials as part of a sustainable initiative. Recognizing the functional differences in the way materials perform is essential to project success. We adapt the R&D commercialization process to explicitly identify differences, and in partnership with Operations, develop solutions consistent with the sustainable values a new product represents.This presentation will walk you through some essential basic understanding needed to work with less processed natural and/or organic raw material.This process makes expected costs realistic. Your organization then goes to market with confidence and meets consumer expectations. 

Key Take Aways

  • The Sustainable Difference:  Implications for sourcing and use of more natural Raw Materials
  • Identifying where costs are different: Accurate assessment of cost of production for sustainable products
  • Cost Control: Developing solutions to maintain throughput and yield
  • Walking the Walk : Meeting customer expectations consistently 
Product Development and Innovation

SPEAKERS

Michael Armstead
Regional Director of Safety, Bimbo Bakeries

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Product Development and Innovation

During this presentation, we will touch upon OSHA’s Regulatory Standards that define the bases for all organization to establish a safe work environment for your employees and a simple method to help your team identify concerns; the pros/cons of establishing a development team to investigate innovation in the workplace and how it can affect labor relations, and determine pros/cons of investing into innovation; how will it affect your team? Can you afford it, can you afford not to do it?

Key Take-Aways 

  • Employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees in the eyes of OSHA
  • How product development and innovation can directly affect Labor Relations
  • Workstation ergonomic considerations when developing, or improving, work areas or changes to a facility layout
  • Some of the advantages and pitfalls of being proactive with product development and a forward-thinking innovator
Food Safety and Regulatory Requirements

SPEAKERS

Jessica Campbell
Senior Counsel, Tyson Foods

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Food Safety and Regulatory Requirements

Ensuring that companies are manufacturing food that is safe for sale while working in the confines of regulatory requirements.  Understanding the importance of FSQA and operations working together to ensure this safety while meeting the demands of the customer.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Strong FSQA team
  • Close working relationship with Operations
  • Strong HAACP program
  • Strong pathogen testing program
From P&L to Artificial Intelligence

SPEAKERS

Maya Gal
Co-Founder, Okapi

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Iris Tsidon
Co-Founder, Okapi

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From P&L to Artificial Intelligence

Experience Artificial Intelligence for Operational Excellence in this hands-on workshop. We have transformed a real-life business challenge into an interactive game. Get ahead of the curve, and experience for yourself how cutting-edge technologies are transforming the way people manage their businesses.

Key Take-Aways

  • Key concepts in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Collective Intelligence
  • Real-life example of how they can be implemented to improve Operational Excellence
  • Key Performance Indicators and Business Notification samples
  • Have fun while learning about innovative technologies
Increasing Employee Engagement in the Current Food Manufacturing Environment

SPEAKERS

Sean Maroney
Plant Manager, Weston

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Increasing Employee Engagement in the Current Food Manufacturing Environment

As regulatory scrutiny continues to increase across the food manufacturing industry, it directly impacts the environment in which our associates operate.  Effective planning and proactive communication aid in helping our employees distill the complexity of their daily responsibilities.  What strategies can operations professionals employ to keep their workforce engaged.

Key Take-Aways

  • Values vs. priorities - how to communicate what's most important
  • Begin and end with the consumer - where quality and food safety intersect
  • Cultural barriers to employee engagement and how to counter act
  • Are you engaged ?
  • Leveraging engagement to drive organizational performance