Schedule

Four days of business-to-business meetings, professional networking opportunities, and education covering key industry issues.

All AFFI-CON events, unless otherwise noted, take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. You can find hotel maps here to help you navigate the hotel property. Please note, all AFFI events are accessible without passing through the hotel’s casino. All events will be monitored and non-members and non-registrants will be asked to leave.

*Please note that some AFFI-CON events are only open to AFFI members.

*Schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, March 3

9:00 am - 7:00 pm
The Hub Open
The Hub
8:00 am - 8:30 am
AFFI and Food Export USA-Midwest & Northeast Frozen Food Buyer’s Mission Orientation
Mont Royal 1
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
International Buying Missions

Food Export, in conjunction with AFFI, will conduct a Frozen Food Buyers Mission at AFFI-CON 2018. This is the perfect opportunity for suppliers of product with at least 50 percent U.S. agricultural origin to meet qualified buyers from around the world. These buyers of frozen food represent retailers, wholesalers, distributors and foodservice. Click more details below to register and see participating countries.

For more information, please contact Food Export USA – Northeast International Marketing Program Coordinator Andrew Haught at info@foodexport.org or Activity Coordinator Maureen Coughlin at (812) 877-1397.

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Mont Royal 1
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Timers Reception

Is this your first time attending AFFI-CON? Join AFFI staff and members of the Conferences & Member Services Council to learn more about what to expect and get AFFI-CON insider tips.

The Hub Education Room
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
AFFI Chair’s Reception

(Invitation Only)

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
AFFI-CON Welcome Reception

The AFFI-CON Welcome Reception kicks off the conference and sets the tone for four successful days of business meetings and education. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres and then head out to dinner with your current and potential clients.

The Hub

Sunday, March 4

7:00 am - 7:00 pm
The Hub Open
The Hub
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
International Buying Missions
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Mont Royal 1
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Morning Buzz Education Session
  • From Unpredictable to Possible: Competing in a World of Constant Change
    Larry Robertson, Founder, President Lighthouse Consulting
    Award-winning author of The Language of Man and A Deliberate Pause
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The Hub Education Room
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Business Meetings
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Meeting Rooms & Suites
9:00 am - 10:30 am
FPPI Board of Directors Meeting

(FPPI Members Only)

Belmont 4
10:00 am - 11:30 am
AFFI Logistics and Supply Chain Council Meeting

(AFFI Members Only)

Yaletown 4
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Afternoon Education Session
  • The Modern Frozen Consumer by the Numbers
    Gregory Hobby, Vice President, Sales & Emerging Brands, SPINS
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The Hub Education Room
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Reception

AFFI-CON’s Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Reception is the most highly attended reception of the conference. Dreisbach Enterprises brings us the highest quality wines, making you feel as though you’re wine tasting in Napa. Not a wine drinker? No problem. We’ve also selected the best craft beers in the area for you to try. This reception is a great place to continue those face-to-face business meetings and then head off to dinner.

The Hub

Monday, March 5

7:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Hub Open
The Hub
7:15 am - 8:45 am
AFFI Annual Meeting & Industry Spotlight
  • The State of Food Retail and What It Means for Frozen
    Leslie Sarasin, President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute
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Belmont 4
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
International Buying Missions
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Mont Royal 1
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Business Meetings
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Meeting Rooms & Suites
10:00 am - 11:30 am
AFFI’s Joint Public Policy Council & International Processors Council Meeting

(AFFI Members Only)

Yaletown 4
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
AFFI Scientific Advisory Council Private Lunch & Meeting

(Council members only)

Yaletown 4
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Afternoon Education Session
  • Big Data and Analytics Come to Frozen Manufacturing
    Timothy Freier, Division Vice President, Scientific Affairs & Microbiology
    Mérieux NutriSciences
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The Hub Education Room
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
AFFI’s NextGen Happy Hour at TopGolf Las Vegas

AFFI’s NextGen is a program designed to engage the next generation of leaders within the frozen food and beverage industry, creating a space to foster their professional development, provide exclusive networking and education while continuing to strengthen the relationship between the industry and AFFI. Hear more about AFFI’s NextGen program while enjoying drinks with your peers and viewing the beautiful sites of Las Vegas.

TopGolf Las Vegas - Signature Room East
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Frozen Food Foundation Fundraiser at TopGolf Las Vegas

Spend some extra time with AFFI-CON attendees enjoying food and drinks and a little friendly competition at TopGolf Las Vegas, while supporting the work of AFFI’s Frozen Food Foundation. $250 per player.

Foundation Fundraiser Registration Form

TopGolf Las Vegas

Tuesday, March 6

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Registration Open
The Hub
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Business Meetings
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Meeting Rooms & Suites
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
AFFI Conferences & Member Services Council Meeting
Jardins Boardroom

AFFI-CON Mobile App

The AFFI-CON 2018 mobile App is live right now and will kickstart your networking well before you arrive in Las Vegas. Register for AFFI-CON to gain access to opportunities to connect within the app.

Access the most up-to-date AFFI-CON 2018 pre-registration list. And—new this year— the app helps you schedule meetings. As you use it to connect with other attendees, all of your meeting requests and confirmed meetings will appear in “My Schedule” for easy reference.

Additionally, you’ll be able to view attendee contact information (and update your own), the AFFI-CON schedule, an interactive map of all meeting space, exhibitor listings and much more! After you register simply search CrowdCompass AttendeeHub in your app store. Once that is downloaded, search for AFFI-CON 2018.