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7:00 am Registration & Networking

7:45 am Opening Remarks

8:00 am The Future of Next Generation Active Packaging

  • Claire Sand Founder, Owner & Global Food Packaging Expert, Packaging Technology & Research

Synopsis

Active packaging employs technology that intentionally releases or absorbs compounds from the food. This extends the shelf life of products by stalling the degradative reactions of lipid oxidation, microbial growth, and moisture loss and gain better than traditional food packaging.

In this presentation you will:
• Hear key trends and business examples to show the current status of active packaging and where the field is going
• Uncover active packaging including beta-packaging, XR, artificial intelligence, big data, and their thoughtful application in food packaging

8:25 am Ethylene – The Shape of Things to Come

  • Leon Terry Professor of Plant Sciences, Director of Environment & Agrifood | Co-Director, Cranfield University | Horticulture Quality and Food Loss Network

Synopsis

In this presentation you will:
• Examine the role of ethylene in ripening and dormancy regulation across various fresh produce commodities
• Discuss how to preserve and maintain the quality and safety of fresh produce by better understanding the physiological, biochemical and
molecular changes which occur after harvest
• Learn how to reduce food losses using innovative post-harvest technologies

8:50 am Live Q&A – Ask the Speakers Your Burning Questions

  • Claire Sand Founder, Owner & Global Food Packaging Expert, Packaging Technology & Research
  • Leon Terry Professor of Plant Sciences, Director of Environment & Agrifood | Co-Director, Cranfield University | Horticulture Quality and Food Loss Network

9:00 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!

9:30 am CASE STUDY: Extending Shelf-Life of Fresh Produce – A Retailer’s Perspective

Synopsis

Keells, one of Sri Lanka’s largest supermarket chains with 116 stores located across the island, will share how collaboration with farmers has ensured the crops reach the stores in 24 hours after harvesting, keeping the promise of freshness.

In this presentation you will:
• Discover how empowering farmers to reduce post-harvest damage to keep waste to only 5%
• Hear key lessons learnt from integrating shelf-life extension technologies in the retail setting

9:55 am It’s Fresh! The Next-Generation of Purposeful Packaging

Synopsis

Ethylene, the major cause of premature ripening, has been detected in a very wide range of fresh produce, and is further implicated in the propagation of rots and moulds.

In this presentation you will:
• Learn how to remove ethylene from around the fruit to help slow the maturation process and therefore the fruit quality deterioration
• Discuss key case studies that show how this technology can extend the freshness, shelf life and quality of fresh produce

10:20 am CASE STUDY: Extending Shelf-Life of Fresh Produce – A Retailer’s Perspective

  • Jeff Cady Director of Produce & Floral, Tops Markets, LLC

Synopsis

Tops Markets, a leading grocery retailer with 157+ stores in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, will share how to provide customers with sustainably sourced, high-quality products.

In this presentation you will:
• Uncover how to minimize shrinkage and food waste with innovative technologies
• Outline how to run successful trials to measure effectiveness and ROI of innovations
• Share key lessons learnt from integrating shelf-life extension technologies in the retail setting

10:45 am Sustainability Metrics for the Food Supply Chain

  • Isaac Emery Founder & Principal, Informed Sustainability Consulting

Synopsis

What are the sustainability benefits of improvements to the produce supply chain and how can we measure the environmental impacts of storage and packaging innovations? Briefly explore the state of food sustainability science and discover how tools like carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment can help innovators design and market truly ecofriendly products.

In this presentation you will learn:
• Life-cycle thinking: picturing the full supply chain
• How big a difference can packaging make
• How to avoid burden-shifting and other sustainability mistakes
• International standards for sustainability marketing claims

11:10 am Live Q&A – Ask the Speakers Your Burning Questions

  • Justin Creasy Technical Sales Director, It’s Fresh
  • Jeff Cady Director of Produce & Floral, Tops Markets, LLC
  • Isaac Emery Founder & Principal, Informed Sustainability Consulting

11:20 am Networking Break

Synopsis

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

11:50 am ROUNDTABLE: Successfully Extending the Shelf-Life of Fresh Produce

A series of breakout sessions assessing the most promising novel technologies in each commodity type & supply chain

Breakout Discussion – Avocados


Successfully integrating novel technologies into the avocado supply chain


Breakout Discussion – Berries & Grapes

Successfully integrating novel technologies into the berries & grapes supply chain


Breakout Discussion – Citrus & Specialty

Successfully integrating novel technologies into the citrus & specialty fruit supply chain


Breakout Discussion – Novel Technologies

The future of shelf-life extension technologies & encouraging cross collaboration to advance the field

12:50 pm Networking Lunch

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

 

1:50 pm FLASH TALKS – Innovative Shelf-Life Extension Research

Synopsis

A series of 10-minute flash talks presented by early-career scientists outlining some of the most cutting edge, unpublished data in the fresh produce shelf life extension technologies field.

If you would like to be considered for a flash talk, please email your abstract to info@hansonwade.com before April 1st, 2021

2:50 pm Shortening the Supply Chain – Urban Farming

Synopsis

Agritecture, a thought leader in urban agriculture, will share how to best to farm in urban environments—from vertical gardens to hydroponic solutions.

In this presentation you will:
• Hear common mistakes and how to overcome hurdles in urban farming
• Discover the intersection of sustainability, urban agriculture and technology
• Evaluate urban farming and vertical farming as a way to shorten the supply chain

3:15 pm The Untapped Impact Potential of Edible Coatings

Synopsis

Innovative and tailor-made formulations (film- and emulsion-types), alongside easily implemented application techniques for fruit and vegetable edible coatings have proven effective to increase the shelf-life of fresh produce.

In this presentation you will:
• Examine how to preserve product quality, decreasing fluid exudation during storage, and replacing the need for plastic packaging
• Learn how to support the natural abilities of fruits and vegetables to protect against environmental stressors

3:40 pm Live Q&A – Ask the Speakers Your Burning Questions

3:50 pm Closing Remarks

4:00 pm Close of Conference Day 2