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7:00 am Registration & Networking

7:45 am Opening Remarks

8:00 am Preserving the Food Chain

Synopsis

Protection and preservation technologies form a key piece of the puzzle of combating food loss and waste, pressing issues contributing to significant financial losses, especially in times of supply chain disruptions or demand variability.

In this presentation you will:
• Explore how preservation technologies can play a major role in various segments of the value chain
• Discover key trends and opportunities spanning these segments
• Examine how to improve food supply chain resiliency and build consumer trust

8:25 am Overview of Produce Loss & Waste: Drivers, Challenges & Importance of Innovation

Synopsis

Annually, food loss generates a trillion-dolar losses for the fresh produce industry. New advances in food packaging, handling, and tracking technologies, show promise in reducing this issue.

In this presentation you will:
• Hear an overview of the problem of food loss and waste in fresh produce, the drivers of produce loss, and the importance of innovation in reducing food loss and waste
• Evaluate examples of innovations relevant to produce coming out of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

8:50 am CASE STUDY: Successful Integration – A Producer’s Perspective – Avocados

  • Patrick Cortes Senior Director of Business Development, Mission Produce

Synopsis

Mission Produce, the world’s largest supplier of avocados will share how investing in state-of-the-art technology and avocado-specific infrastructure can help to expertly serve customers, growers, and partners.

In this presentation you will:
• Examine how to keep avocados at an optimal level of ripeness for three extra days on average
• Evaluate and validate efficacy of novel shelf-life extension technologies
• Learn lessons from implementing shelf-life extension innovations into the
avocado supply chain

9:15 am Live Q&A – Ask the Speakers Your Burning Questions

9:25 am Virtual Speed Networking

Synopsis

Recreating the face-to-face networking in the virtual world. We will pair you up with fellow attendees to break the ice and make new business relationships!

9:50 am CASE STUDY: How to engage the world toward natural alternatives in agriculture

Synopsis

In this presentation you will:
• Discover different useful and environmentally friendly alternatives for extending shelf-life of fresh fruit
• Explore how to increase awareness through accessible tools.

10:00 am PANEL: Accelerating the Adoption & Integration of Shelf-Life Extension Innovations in the Fresh Produce Industry to Reduce Food Waste

  • Takashi Nakamura VP Corporate R&D & Food Safety, Del Monte Fresh Produce
  • Amanda Horney Business Development Manager, London Fruit Inc.
  • Garland Perkins Senior Manager - Insights, Innovation & Retail Solutions Specialist, The Oppenheimer Group

Synopsis

• Overcoming key hurdles and challenges in technology integration and achieving ROI
• Evaluating and validating the best innovations for your supply chain
• Measuring shelf-life improvements accurately and objectively
• Exploring the importance of benefits beyond reduction of food waste and loss
• Creating a sustainable and profitable future for the fresh produce industry

10:50 am Networking Break

Synopsis

• Live Demo in Virtual Exhibition Hall
• 1-1 Meetings

11:25 am Consumer Perceptions of Shelf-Life Extension Packaging Technologies

Synopsis

Consumers are showing a growing readiness to use innovative solutions in the food packaging industry, according to extensive research carried out by the EU-funded NanoPack Project.

In this presentation you will:
• Discover the level of acceptance of new active food packaging technologies among consumers and retailers
• Learn how consumer perception of innovations impacts the fresh produce industry

11:50 am Understanding the Underlying Biology to Extend the Shelf-Life of Fresh Produce

  • Carol Wagstaff Co-Director: Horticulture Quality & Food Loss Network, University of Reading

Synopsis

A significant proportion of food loss relates to the inherent physiology of the crops, poor control of post-harvest biology, and the efficacy and
appropriateness of the control systems applied.

In this presentation you will:
• Discuss how researchers can be linked with industry to tackle food waste across the supply chain, and the importance of collaborations
• Uncover key research into the underlying biology of crops to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce

12:15 pm CASE STUDY: Extending Shelf-Life of Fresh Produce – A Retailer’s Perspective

  • Price Mabry Director of Produce & Floral, HAC, Inc. dba Homeland Stores, Country Mart, & United Supermarkets

Synopsis

HAC, Inc., a grocery chain operating 80 stores in the USA with multiple banners including Food World, Piggly Wiggly, Country Mart, United, Cash Saver, and Homeland, will share how prioritizing shelf-life extension to reduce food waste has increased profits and built consumer quality confidence.

In this presentation you will:
• Evaluate the ROI of implementing new innovations
• Discover lessons learnt from integrating shelf-life extension technology from Apeel and Food Car

12:40 pm Networking break & Round Table Discussion

Synopsis

ROUNDTABLE: How Should Innovations be Positioned by Retailers to Ensure Consumers Respond Positively?
• Selecting your value proposition (sustainability vs quality improvement)
• Choosing terminology to communicate effectively with the consumer
• Deciding how transparent to be with your consumer

 

Networking Break
• Live Demo in Virtual Exhibition Hall
• 1-1 Meetings

1:30 pm Using Data to Optimize the Fresh Produce Supply Chain

Synopsis

Strella Biotechnology will share how the use of actionable data can predict produce maturity traveling the supply chain to deliver better produce and reduce food waste.

In this presentation you will:
• Learn how reducing losses in storage by always knowing which fruit is most mature
• Examine how to produce for optimal freshness while maintaining shelf life
• Understand how monitoring produce conditions in transit to optimize the supply chain
• Evaluate how pallet level data can be used to optimize produce quality and reduce shrink

1:55 pm Hazel Technologies – Increasing Shelf-Life, Decreasing Waste

  • Aidan Mouat Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Hazel Technologies Inc.

Synopsis

Hazel’s® will share how biodegradable and non-toxic packaging inserts, as well as new technologies to improve storage conditions, can allow farmers and distributors to extend the sale-ability of their produce without having to spray on any chemical solutions.

In this presentation you will:
• Learn how to tailor shelf-life extension innovation to crops unique respiration rates and ethylene production levels
• Evaluate key case studies illustrating how to ship food further, enter new
markets, extend the growing season, and have less food rejected at the retail level

2:20 pm CASE STUDY: Successful Integration – A Producers Perspective – Tropical & Speciality Fruit

Synopsis

Seasons Farm Fresh, a vertically integrated grower and packer specializing in exotic and tropical fruits, vegetables, and roots, and the largest importer of soursop into the USA, will share how to extend the shelf life of tropical fruits, especially extremely sensitive and perishable items.

In this presentation you will:
• Explore how to extend the shelf life of tropical fruits such as soursop, an extremely sensitive and perishable item
• Discuss how to balance quality improvements with sustainability goals
• Uncover key lessons learnt from implementing shelf-life extension innovations into the tropical fruit supply chain

2:45 pm Live Q&A – Ask the Speakers Your Burning Questions

2:55 pm Networking Break

Synopsis

Virtual Speed Networking
Recreating the face-to-face networking in the virtual world. We will pair you up with fellow attendees to break the ice and make new business relationships!

Networking Break
• Live Demo in Virtual Exhibition Hall
• 1-1 Meetings

3:25 pm The Power of Silk Protein

Synopsis

The protein from natural silk, extracted with just water and salt, can create a protective layer that slows down the spoiling process of food.

In this presentation you will:
• Examine how to reduce the need for single use plastic, wax, fungicides, or chemicals whilst extending shelf-life
• Hear how to slow the natural spoiling process across multiple points in the supply chain by reducing oxidation, dehydration and microbial growth

3:50 pm Catalyzing Critical Funding to Fight Food Waste

Synopsis

Advancing data-driven solutions promise to play a key part to help to end the food loss and waste problem and achieve a 50% food waste reduction in accordance with the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

In this presentation you will:
• Gain a deeper understanding of the problem of food waste, how much investment is needed into what areas of innovation, and progress made so far in the space
• Examine how to bring together non-profit and for-profit organizations with funders to create strategic impact, reduce food waste, and develop solutions

4:15 pm Live Q&A – Ask the Speakers Your Burning Questions

4:25 pm Closing Remarks

4:30 pm Close of Conference Day 1