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Business Session

The Lens of Leadership

Presented by Kevin Paul Scott
February 24, 2019
7:15 – 7:45 a.m.

The way we view things changes how we do things. Discover the importance of perspective and how this pivotal principle will unlock and unleash your potential as a leader. In this session, Kevin will help you see things differently for your business, your role, and quite possibly the rest of your life.

About Featured Speaker

Kevin Paul Scott

Kevin Scott has traveled to six continents and spoken to leaders from more than 100 countries. Kevin co-founded the leadership consultancy ADDO, which is Latin for “Inspire.” Kevin works with businesses to develop leaders and build their brands, including Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, and the Atlanta Braves. Kevin is the author of three books, including his latest, “The Lens of Leadership.” In consecutive years, Kevin was named to the ’40 under 40′ lists for Georgia Trend and then the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kevin is a frequent guest on numerous media outlets, including Fox News, CNN, and CNBC. He lives with his wife and son in Marietta, Georgia.

Agriculture Session

Forecasting Agricultural Economics in 2019

Presented by Daniel Sumner, University of California Agricultural Issues Center
February 24, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Sumner, a leading agricultural economist in the state of California, will share an outlook on the agricultural economy affecting fruits, vegetables and grains used by the frozen food industry. Not only do changing weather patterns and access to labor impact the supply chain, but so do global trade and changing food safety requirements in the U.S. He will address the following questions:

  • How do consumers fit into the picture?
  • When consumers say they want organic produce and a sustainable agricultural system, how does this demand sync with growing capacities and practices?
  • How are these factors and others likely to affect the agriculture sectors on which AFFI members rely?

About Featured Speaker

Daniel Sumner

Daniel Sumner directs of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), an applied research and outreach program with associate directors on several campus. He is also the Frank Buck Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis, where his teaching and research focuses on the principle drivers of adjustment in food and agriculture, including domestic and global policies and market evolution. Before coming to Davis, Sumner was a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the Assistant Secretary for Economics at USDA. A native Californian, Sumner graduated in agricultural management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received his in economics from the University of Chicago.

Industry Spotlight Session

The Power of Frozen

Presented by Alison Bodor, American Frozen Food Institute; Sally Lyons-Wyatt; and Anne-Marie Roerink, 210 Analytics
February 25, 2019
7:15 – 8:45 a.m.

The frozen food aisle is in the midst of a strong comeback, featuring multi-year sales growth ahead of both center-store and the perimeter. To understand the why, where and who behind this growth, the Power of Frozen takes an in-depth look at our world through the eyes of the consumer. The study follows the entire path to purchase, from frozen food trip planning and store choice to purchase drivers, consumption and cooking habits. In today’s market, the frozen food industry has to cater to five distinctly different generations. Increasingly, one size fits no one. Shoppers’ frozen food buying decisions are influenced by larger shopping trends, such as health and wellness, convenience and transparency. By overlaying shopper attitudes with actual sales and consumption data, the Power of Frozen outlines important red flags and opportunities in the marketplace to help manufacturers and retailers further align innovation, products, merchandising, marketing and branding with how shoppers live, shop and cook.

About Featured Speakers

Alison BodorAlison Bodor is President and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), the member driven national trade association that advances the interests of all segments of the $50 billion frozen food and beverage industry. As president and CEO Bodor is working to deliver member value by ensuring that AFFI’s activities contribute to both the individual company and collective success of the industry. Bodor is leading efforts to deliver on AFFI’s strategic plan to advance food safety, advocate for frozen, increase consumption and grow resources. Her mission is to ensure that frozen foods and beverages are proudly chosen to meet the needs of a changing world.

Prior to her tenure at AFFI, Bodor served as Executive Vice President of the National Confectioner’s Association (NCA) where she provided strategic leadership across multiple disciplines while directly leading the association’s public policy and advocacy team. In this capacity, she oversaw NCA’s legislative, regulatory and research priorities around health, food safety, agriculture and trade policy, and the cocoa supply chain.

Bodor also held positions in domestic and international regulatory compliance at McCormick & Company and the U.S. Dairy Export Council before joining NCA in 2000. Early in her career, Alison worked for Technical Assessment Systems and then Environ International Corporation conducting dietary risk assessments for the food and agricultural industries.

She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Cornell University.

Sally Lyons-WyattSally Lyons Wyatt, EVP and Practice Leader at IRI, is a recognized thought leader in the CPG and retail industries and is a frequent keynote speaker and an authority on consumer eating and shopping trends. She is frequently quoted in national business and trade media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Supermarket News and Candy and Snack Today. She has more than 25 years of industry experience and partners with clients to leverage big data, technology and cutting-edge ideas to help achieve better results and drive growth.

As an executive and practice leader for IRI’s Client Insights division, Sally is responsible for driving integrated initiatives as well as measuring their success within consumer strategy, consumer/customer insights, media, and personalization practice areas. Her vast experience includes managing and developing global account teams that service Fortune 500 companies.

Anne-Marie RoerinkAnne-Marie Roerink is a Principal at 210 Analytics, LLC — providing customized research with a specialty in food retailing for clients such as the North American Meat Institute, Food Marketing Institute, National Grocers Association, National Confectioners Association and many others. Through countless consumer studies, Anne-Marie has developed an excellent perspective on the ever-changing wants and needs of the grocery shopper in a one-size-fits-no-one world. Additionally, Anne-Marie offers a diverse and in-depth view on food retailing strategies, financials and operations. She understands the challenges and opportunities in the grocery retailing business today as well as the drivers of success tomorrow. Prior to founding 210 Analytics, Anne-Marie was the Head of Research for the Food Marketing Institute. Anne-Marie designed and authored the Power of Frozen study, along with similar studies in meat, produce, deli prepared, SmartFood, bakery, candy and other categories.

Logistics Session

Global Supply Chain Challenges & Opportunities

Presented by Rick Blasgen, President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
February 25, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

The president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Rick Blasgen, recognizes today’s supply chain professionals as a “powerful weapon in modern global business”. That includes knowing and understanding how the changing environment is impacting supply chains around the world and within various industries within the supply chain. CSCMP’s Annual US State of Logistics Report™ identifies not only the cost of logistics in the US, but the driving factors and trends we should all be aware of. There are challenges and opportunities in 2019. Key highlights will include: Global supply chain challenges, a conversation about transportation and collaboration, talent and labor, emerging trends in ecommerce, and potential market disruptions and their impact on supply chains.

About Featured Speaker

Rick BlasgenRick D. Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA.

Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics.

Blasgen has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of company’s supply chain management programs and initiatives. This experience has given him a solid foundation for his role at CSCMP where he has responsibility for the overall business operations and strategic plan of the organization. His efforts support CSCMP’s mission of leading the supply chain management profession through the development and dissemination of supply chain education and research.

Blasgen was designated by the US Department of Commerce in 2011 to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) providing the Administration advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. He continues to chair that committee. He is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and a past chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee, and a past president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). Blasgen is a graduate of Governors State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.

Food Safety Session

Recall Readiness

Presented by Gene Grabowski, Partner, kglobal & Elizabeth Fawell, Hogan Lovells
February 25, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Worried about getting that phone call from FDA at 4:45 p.m. on a Friday afternoon alerting you to a positive Lm finding in the marketplace? Even if you’ve already implemented AFFI’s best food safety practices, a food safety breach may still occur. You must be prepared so that you and your team are ready and can react calmly and wisely to assure the most favorable outcome for your company and your customers. Come learn from leading crisis manager Gene Grabowski of kglobal, and Hogan Lovells attorney Elizabeth Fawell.

About Featured Speakers

Gene GrabowskiGene Grabowski has extensive experience helping companies manage recalls and has worked with Bluebell Ice Cream, Chipotle, Dole Foods and most recently on the romaine lettuce recall. He has also worked directly with AFFI member companies on Lm recalls. Learn what you need to do in advance of a recall, during the process, and afterward. Being prepared will help you and your organization perform at your best, even under the most difficult circumstances.


Elizabeth Fawell

Elizabeth Fawell has worked with every segment of the food industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and food service operators, as well as their trade associations. Her work on behalf of food industry clients with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) since its inception and her understanding of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems provides her with the experience and perspective needed to counsel clients on how to comply with new requirements under the law. Elizabeth understands how laws, regulations, and guidance documents are developed, interpreted, and enforced.