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Thank you to the TraceGains Community for making NEXT a success. All the sessions are now available on-demand. Hear from the 20+ expert speakers, CPG professionals, and TraceGains leaders on how to prepare for what's NEXT in the CPG industry.

Sessions

No Walls
Gary Nowacki, CEO, TraceGains

No Walls

The CPG supply chain is the most fragmented on the planet, creating barriers across Quality, Procurement, R&D, Supply Chain, and Operations teams that become even worse when dealing with outside vendors and co-manufacturers. TraceGains is the only company addressing this through the concept of no walls. Hear about this revolutionary idea during the NEXT opening session from TraceGains CEO, Gary Nowacki.

Gary Nowacki

CEO
TraceGains

The Future of Food
Shelley Balanko, SVP, The Hartman Group

The Future of Food

Interrelated shifts like socioeconomic dynamics and the redefinition of quality are reshaping the world we live in. Learn how macro trends will influence the food and beverage, retail, and supply chain over the next five years. Discover how you can power this knowledge to identify gaps and opportunities for continued success.

Shelley Balanko

SVP
The Hartman Group

Getting Into the Consumer's Mind with Design Thinking
Susan Mayer, Innovation Advisor, RTI Innovation Advisors

Getting Into the Consumer's Mind with Design Thinking

A human-centered design perspective makes all the difference in innovation – it improves the product development process and leads to products with staying power. Join RTI Innovation Advisors Certified Food Scientist Susan Mayer to see how to bring design thinking concepts to life.

Susan Mayer

Innovation Advisor
RTI Innovation Advisors

Managing Food Safety and Quality with Co-manufacturers
Kenny Strine, FSQA Manager — External Manufacturing, Lassonde

Managing Food Safety and Quality with Co-manufacturers

Companies that leverage co-mans must coordinate quality control and compliance efforts across multiple companies, geographies, working with both the FDA and USDA. Not an easy task. Join Lassonde FSQA Manager Kenny Strine to gain actionable insights on working with your co-mans that you can put into practice immediately to improve overall collaboration and compliance and quality efforts.

Kenny Strine

FSQA Manager — External Manufacturing
Lassonde

Redefining the Protein Aisle
Lou Cooperhouse, CEO, BlueNalu

Redefining the Protein Aisle

Advancing technologies, decreasing cost curves, changing regulations, and increasing consumer adoption will lead to substantial gains in market share for alternative protein over the coming decade. As CEO with BlueNalu, and the leading global authority on food business innovation, Lou Cooperhouse, is uniquely situated to share how you can redefine product strategy and participation to capitalize on the growing alt-protein movement.

Lou Cooperhouse

CEO
BlueNalu

Vital Components of Effective Allergen Management Control
Gina Reo, President, Quality Assurance Strategies
Mark Park, Corporate Compliance, US Bakery

Vital Components of Effective Allergen Management Control

To protect consumer health, brand reputation, and avoid costly recalls, companies must establish rigorous allergen controls. Hear how leading brands are collaborating on a centralized system with multiple departments to ensure effective control. Learn how your business can be proactive with food allergen disclosures, discover new strategies for managing allergen risk, and get tips for preventing mislabeling incidents.

Gina Reo

President
Quality Assurance Strategies

Mark Park

Corporate Compliance
US Bakery

Dietary Supplements Industry Sales Outlook
Claire Morton, Sr. Analyst, NBJ

Dietary Supplements Industry Sales Outlook

The supplement market saw record growth of 14.5% in 2020, driven by obvious categories like immune health and multivitamins, but the story doesn’t stop there. Learn about the other pandemic-driven trends that led to this historic growth, including COVID-adjacent health conditions and a major disruption in sales channel dynamics. Most importantly, what does NBJ project will happen after record-breaking year?

Claire Morton

Sr. Analyst
NBJ

Effective Recall Strategy and Risk Management
Bryan Armentrout, President, The Food Safety Foundation

Effective Recall Strategy and Risk Management

A recall can spell disaster for your business - harming customers, losing money, and damaging your brand permanently. Join industry veteran and CEO of The Food Safety Foundation, Bryan Armentrout, as he reviews recent recall and warning letters and shares the tips and tricks you can ensure your business is protected from risk – without learning the hard way.

Bryan Armentrout

President
The Food Safety Foundation

Cooking Show with Tiffani Faison
Tiffani Faison, Chef, Bravo and the Food Network

Cooking Show with Tiffani Faison

You don't want to miss this! Grab your apron, sharpen your knives, and get ready to whip up a star-making dish. Award-winning Chef Tiffani Faison joins us to provide a step-by-step walk-through of a specially curated appetizer, meal, and delicious dessert. Follow along and learn tips and tricks to elevate your cooking, and then enjoy the fruit of your labor. Tiffani will be live and ready to answer your specific questions and share inside stories – come hungry! 

Tiffani Faison

Chef
Bravo and the Food Network

TraceGains Roadmap
A.J. Dolan, CTO, TraceGains

TraceGains Roadmap

Discover what's next for TraceGains and the industry's largest network of suppliers during this special session with TraceGains CTO AJ Dolan. He's sharing a sneak peek at the TraceGains product roadmap as well as recent product release upgrades that you can put into action immediately. Enjoy a special look at our Formulator Connector and the revolutionary Smart Network, which will help you activate the power of the world's largest network of industry professionals.

A.J. Dolan

CTO
TraceGains

Transforming Your Business Through Specification Management
Tom Dubinski, VP FSQA, Arizona Nutritional Supplements
Michelle Macdonald, Corporate Quality Document and Data Systems, Reily Foods

Transforming Your Business Through Specification Management

Specifications are the universal language of the supply chain, serve as the binding contract between stakeholders, and enable companies to consistently provide customers with the products they love. Yet, the increasingly complex nature of products and supply chains makes spec management incredibly difficult. Hear how leading brands are overcoming challenges and using their networked specification programs to power speed, visibility, and transparency across the supply chain.

Tom Dubinski

VP FSQA
Arizona Nutritional Supplements

Michelle Macdonald

Corporate Quality Document and Data Systems
Reily Foods

Defining Sustainability Standards for NPD
Linda Eatherton, , Eatherton Consulting
Guiseppe Mora, Director of Sustainability, Barilla

Defining Sustainability Standards for NPD

Sustainability is no longer an optional add-on for the food industry – it is expected by consumers and presents an opportunity to drive innovation for new markets, revenue streams, and profits. Join industry veteran and consultant Linda Eatherton for a guided dialogue through defining attainable industry thresholds for sustainability and insider details on how leading brands are differentiating their brand through their efforts.

Linda Eatherton

Eatherton Consulting

Guiseppe Mora

Director of Sustainability
Barilla

FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint
Sharon Mayl, Sr. Advisor for Policy, FDA

FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint

The FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint outlines how technology and other tools are necessary for creating a safer, more traceable food system. But smarter food safety is about more than technology adoption. It demands more straightforward, effective approaches and processes, coupled with the leadership, creativity, and culture needed to drive transformation. Gain valuable insight from FDA Sr. Advisor for Policy, Sharon Mayl to learn practical steps for your team to proactively reshape operations to align with emerging requirements.

Sharon Mayl

Sr. Advisor for Policy
FDA

Disclosure Compliance Law: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Elizabeth Salvo, Director of Regulatory and Consulting Services, ESHA Research

Disclosure Compliance Law: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Undeclared allergens are the leading cause of food recalls by the FDA – costing manufacturers thousands of dollars each year and putting consumers at risk. The most common reason for allergen recalls? Labeling errors. Learn about FALCPA regulations and the new FASTER Act from Elizabeth Salvo, Director of Regulatory at ESHA Research. She'll share ways to help your business ensure due diligence is met and develop best practices for compliance, as well as provide examples of the most common labeling errors so you can avoid them.

Elizabeth Salvo

Director of Regulatory and Consulting Services
ESHA Research

Strategic Innovation to Accelerate NPD
Alex Sullivan, Quality Assurance, Daily Harvest
Brittney Britton, Supplier Quality Manager, Daily Harvest

Strategic Innovation to Accelerate NPD

The speed of innovation will make or break your company. Hear how challenger brand Daily Harvest has cultivated a new product development program that is agile, creative, and fast. Learn how their team has embraced new tools to help them overcome everyday innovation decelerators and drive unprecedented growth. Hear how your business can centralize product data, accelerate sourcing, and collaborate cross-departmentally and with your suppliers to achieve similar results. 

Alex Sullivan

Quality Assurance
Daily Harvest

Brittney Britton

Supplier Quality Manager
Daily Harvest

Driving Growth Through Sustained Food Safety Culture
Brian Perry, SVP FSQA, TreeHouse Foods

Driving Growth Through Sustained Food Safety Culture

A robust food safety culture is a company's best defense, preventing accidents that can harm consumers and reducing the likelihood of scandals and recalls. Leaders must align company policies, systems, and processes to incentivize this effort. Join Brian Perry, SVP for Food Safety and Quality Assurance at TreeHouse Foods, for a discussion on how small organizational shifts can nurture a strong food safety culture and drive revenue. 

Brian Perry

SVP FSQA
TreeHouse Foods

Top Reasons Companies Fail Audits and How to Avoid Them
Jesse Leal, Food Safety Professional — Operations, AIB International

Top Reasons Companies Fail Audits and How to Avoid Them

Passing audits is no easy task. Whether for GFSI, the FDA, or a customer-required check - the consequences of failing can be costly. When companies pass their audits, they celebrate the entire staff, but failure tends to rest solely on the shoulders of the FSQA team. Prevent future failure by learning about the top five most common mistakes and what steps your business can take to avoid them.

Jesse Leal

Food Safety Professional — Operations
AIB International

Managing Label and Claim Regulation
Shelley Sapsin, Director, MarketReady Insights (Informa)

Managing Label and Claim Regulation

There’s nothing simple about researching, substantiating, and documenting health-related claims. Not only are the FDA and FTC both watching, state attorneys general and potential class action plaintiffs are too. The stakes are high, so it’s crucial to get it right the first time. But when R&D, legal, and marketing departments are out of sync, it can expose your business to risk. Hear insights from Informa on what trending claims are driving sales and how supplement companies can ease the burden of claims management to drive time to market while protecting their business from unnecessary risk.

Shelley Sapsin

Director
MarketReady Insights (Informa)

Improving Supplier Relationships to Drive Efficiency
Trish Higgins, Manager FSQA, OSI
Sydney Brock, Procurement Quality Manager, Red Collar Pet Food

Improving Supplier Relationships to Drive Efficiency

In the unprecedented fluctuation and uncertainties of today’s global supply chain, robust supplier relationship management is crucial. You can't choose a supplier solely based on price and location and call it a day – you must cultivate a professional and reliable relationship. Open and honest communication. Transparency. Mutual support. These are the qualities of a healthy relationship and the signs of an effective supplier relationship management strategy. It doesn’t just happen accidentally; it requires deliberate and thoughtful action. Hear how leading brands have connected with suppliers and streamlined communication for a more robust supply chain.

Trish Higgins

Manager FSQA
OSI

Sydney Brock

Procurement Quality Manager
Red Collar Pet Food

Source Trending Ingredients to Create Winning Products
Liz Moskow, Food Futurist, Bread & Circus

Source Trending Ingredients to Create Winning Products

What are the hot ingredients for 2022? How can you incorporate them into your reformulations or new products? How do you find the right suppliers to source them? Join this interactive session to discover how leading brands use the top trending ingredients in innovative ways to create winning products. Hear how you can source from qualified suppliers immediately and easily update your formulations for accelerated time-to-market.

Liz Moskow

Food Futurist
Bread & Circus

Speakers & Sponsors

AIB International

AIB International

Arizona Nutritional Supplements

Arizona Nutritional Supplements

Barilla

Barilla

BlueNalu

BlueNalu

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Eatherton Consulting

Eatherton Consulting

ESHA Research

ESHA Research

FDA

FDA

Food Safety Foundation

Food Safety Foundation

FSMA International

FSMA International

The Hartman Group

The Hartman Group

Informa

Informa

Lassonde

Lassonde

Medifast

Medifast

Mountain Main Nut & Fruit Co.

Mountain Main Nut & Fruit Co.

NBJ

NBJ

OSI

OSI

QAS

QAS

Red Collar Pet Foods

Red Collar Pet Foods

Reily Foods

Reily Foods

RTI Innovation Advisors

RTI Innovation Advisors

TreeHouse Foods

TreeHouse Foods

Gary Nowacki

CEO

TraceGains
Gary Nowacki

Gary Nowacki is the CEO of TraceGains, which was launched in 2008. Prior to TraceGains, Gary spent 13 years in a variety of software industry executive positions in the ERP (enterprise resource planning), supply chain management, and quality space for food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, and other process industries. Gary has also held management and individual contributor positions in programming, implementation services, and sales in the ERP software business. Gary’s prior work experience includes serving in senior management roles at CDC Software – Ross Systems, a leading ERP supplier to the food industry.

 

About TraceGains: Founded in 2008, TraceGains connects people and information so teams can work smarter. As a global technology company, TraceGains provides networked innovation, quality, and compliance solutions to consumer brands that want to reduce supply chain risk, speed up business processes, and take control of data. On average, companies find 80% of their suppliers already on TraceGains Network, allowing them to connect and collaborate instantly

Shelley Balanko

SVP

Hartman Group
Shelley Balanko

With a first love in understanding people, Shelley relishes her role in guiding business development efforts, fostering client relationships across the food and beverage industry landscape and matching clients' business needs to The Hartman Group's customized solutions-oriented offerings.


Shelley graduated from the University of Windsor with a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology. She has a MA in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.


About The Hartman Group: Since 1989, The Hartman Group’s anthropologists, social scientists and business analysts have been immersed in the study of American food and beverage culture, using ethnographic observation, quantitative tracking surveys and deep study of trends. What we have learned and continue to uncover allows us to upend many notions of our traditional American eating and drinking patterns, thereby identifying unique opportunities and winning strategies for our clients.

Tiffani Faison

Chef

Bravo & the Food Network
Tiffani Faison

Chef Tiffani has made a name for herself nationwide for her dynamic personality, culinary prowess, and fierce work ethic. Under Big Heart Hospitality, her Boston based restaurant group, she creates restaurants that are warm, inspired, and instantly lovable.

Tiffani began her career working under such renowned chefs as Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, and Todd English. In 2006, early into her career, she was cast on the very first season of Bravo’s Top Chef, and placed as runner-up. From there, she worked in prestigious kitchens in Nantucket, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco before returning to Boston in 2010 to become Executive Chef of Southern Italian restaurant, Rocca Kitchen & Bar. After transforming Rocca into a critically acclaimed dining destination with a three star review from The Boston Globe, Tiffani set her sights on creating her own restaurant.

Susan Mayer

Innovation Advisor

RTI Innovation Advisors
Susan Mayer

Susan Mayer provides technical and strategic leadership to clients in the food industry. As a member of RTI’s Innovation Advisors team, she has worked with clients and partners in business, government, and education to implement innovative technologies and practices.

Ms. Mayer, a Certified Food Scientist, is a creative problem-solver with strong communication skills to complement her technical expertise in food science, technology and manufacturing. Notable projects of hers include leading innovation landscapes on food processing technologies, assessing technologies that enhance food safety, building an external expert panel for a food company looking to expand its product reach, and developing a manufacturing and food safety framework for food companies to evaluate and select co-manufacturers.


About RTI Innovation Advisors: For over 50 years RTI Innovation Advisors has worked with innovation-driven organizations—Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global foundations—to produce sustainable results. We help our clients turn our insights into new products, services, and technologies that have meaningful business and human impacts. As a business unit of RTI International – a global research institute – we have access to experts in a range of technologies and innovative leaders with extensive industry experience.

Kenny Strine

FSQA Manager

Lassonde
Kenny Strine

Kenny is a Food Safety and Quality Professional that specializes in change management and operational excellence. He currently holds the Corporate Quality Assurance Manager - External Manufacturing role at Lassonde Pappas, a private label and branded beverage manufacturing organization which includes brands such as Apple & Eve and Switch. He is responsible for developing food safety and quality systems that support the organization's innovation and branded business strategies within the external network of manufacturers and warehouses. 


About Lassonde: Founded in 1918, Lassonde is the North American leader in the development, manufacture and sale of fruit and vegetable juices and beverages marketed under brands such as Oasis, Rougemont and Fruité.

Lou Cooperhouse

CEO

BlueNalu
Lou Cooperhouse

Lou Cooperhouse is President & CEO of BlueNalu, with a mission to become the global leader in providing great tasting, cell-cultured seafood products that are healthy for people, humane for sea life, and sustainable for our planet. As a result, BlueNalu is able to support a more stable and secure global supply chain of seafood, and help to preserve the health, sustainability, and biodiversity of our ocean. Lou is recognized as a leading global authority in food business innovation and technology commercialization, with extensive leadership experiences throughout his 35+ year career in the food industry. 


About BlueNalu: BlueNalu is the pioneer in creating whole muscle, cell-cultured seafood products, in which living cells are isolated from fish tissue, placed into culture media for proliferation, and then assembled into great-tasting fresh and frozen seafood products.

Gina Reo

President

Quality Assurance Strategies
Gina Reo

Gina is the President, at QAS, (Quality Assurance Strategies, LLC), private consultation for the Food and Beverage Industry specializing in Global Food Safety and Quality with expertise in Regulatory Compliance, Prop 65, Crisis Management, Business Integration and Due Diligence M & A Compliance Risk Assessments. Specialty aiding organizations fast tracking toward compliance on pending regulatory, or potential crisis/food safety issues.

Claire Morton

Sr. Analyst

NBJ
Claire Morton

Claire Morton Reynolds, Senior Industry Analyst, Nutrition Business Journal, NBJ's Senior Industry Analyst, Claire informs the nutrition industry on trends across the dietary supplement, natural and organic food & beverage, personal care, and hemp CBD categories. She models and manages data and insights for Nutrition Business Journal, including market sizing, forecasting and trend analysis.


About NBJ: As part of New Hope, NBJ helps companies large and small identify, prioritize and take advantage of opportunities in the evolving food and nutrition economy.

Bryan Armentrout

President

The Food Safety Foundation
Bryan Armentrout

Bryan Armentrout has more than 20 years of experience in corporate food safety and quality assurance working for some of America’s best-loved brands. Bryan’s firm, Food Leadership Group, specializes in food safety and risk mitigation. Bryan has held quality assurance and food safety leadership roles at Eurofins, Boulder Brands, CSC Sugar, WhiteWave Foods, Lactalis American Group, BC-USA, Leprino Foods, and Pasco Laboratories. Bryan has a degree in cellular biology and physiology from the University of Wyoming and is the past vice chair of the SQF Technical Advisory Council. He’s also written a bestselling book on business management.

A.J. Dolan

CTO

TraceGains
A.J. Dolan

As TraceGains CTO, A.J. Dolan has been directing engineering operations and system architecture for the company since day one, helping the company develop numerous patents and solutions used throughout the global food supply chain. He has over 24 years of IT leadership and experience, including developing mission-critical applications used in surgical environments, pioneering spatial database technology and geographical information systems for CATV network design, and creating many K-12 student information and testing systems in use by several states.

 

About TraceGains: Founded in 2008, TraceGains connects people and information so teams can work smarter. As a global technology company, TraceGains provides networked innovation, quality, and compliance solutions to consumer brands that want to reduce supply chain risk, speed up business processes, and take control of data. On average, companies find 80% of their suppliers already on TraceGains Network, allowing them to connect and collaborate instantly

Tom Dubinski

VP FSQA

Arizona Nutritional Supplements
Tom Dubinski

Tom Dubinski is the Vice President of Quality Systems at Arizona Nutritional Supplements and has been with the company for 15 years. He has held positions across all aspects of the ANS quality groups including Lab, Quality Control, and Quality Assurance leadership roles. Tom is integral to implementing and sustaining efficient quality systems across multiple facilities to deliver safe, quality products that meet customer and FDA expectations. Along with his ANS experience, Tom has another 5 years of food and beverage manufacturing experience.


About ANS: Arizona Nutritional Supplements (ANS) is a full service, cGMP certified, contract manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplements. ANS has been a leader in transparency and compliance within the supplements industry since its founding in 1996.

ANS formulates and produces powders, tablets, capsules, soft gels and offers packaging solutions across multiple production facilities.

ANS also provides innovation and R&D of new products and existing formulations in its state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in Arizona, as well as full in-house Lab services for microbiological and analytical testing.

ANS is certified and licensed to produce products for NSF & NSF Sport, QAI Organic, Non- GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Halal, Health Canada, and IFOS, among others.

Michelle Macdonald

Quality Systems

Reily Foods
Michelle Macdonald

Michelle is the Corporate QA Document and Data Systems Supervisor for Reily Foods Company, a coffee, and tea company that has diversified to include condiments, dressings, seasonings, and baking products. At Reily, Michelle oversees various quality data systems and is committed to ensuring their accuracy and integrity while supporting user success for cross-functional teams and vendors.

 

About Reily Foods: Reily Foods is a 5th-generation, family-owned company that provides the wholesome and authentic foods and beverages that create meals and memories that bring together family and friends.

Linda Eatherton

Founder

Eatherton Consulting
Linda Eatherton

While many food PR practitioners boast expertise “from field to fork” Eatherton has added a unique expertise to her skill set, “from lab to label”. She is renown for helping innovative companies commercialize pioneering ingredients and processes designed to feed the world.

Prior to founding Eatherton Consulting, Eatherton spent more than two decades as Partner/Managing Director of Ketchum’s Global Food and Beverage Practice, where she extended the Ketchum Food brand imprint around the globe, providing strategic counsel and oversight for brand and corporate initiatives. Her entire career has been spent in service to the food and agricultural industries.

As leader of the Global F&B sectors at Ketchum, Eatherton directed more than 300 individuals worldwide, solving reputational issues, marketing branded products and ingredients and strengthening stakeholder relationships for both supply and value chain organizations.

Early in her career, Eatherton held leadership positions at Kraft Foods and Dairy Management, Inc. She is recognized for her thought leadership and curation of global food insights, based primarily on the groundbreaking research series Food 2020: Consumer as CEO, and the breakthrough identification of a powerful purchasing cohort, the Food eVangelists.

Under the Eatherton Consulting umbrella, Eatherton continues blazing the way for state-of-the-art activities in the food arena, while providing strategic counsel to companies on brand and stakeholder issues.


About Eatherton Consulting: A strategic consultancy dedicated to helping innovators and renovators who are working to improve and advance their businesses and the food industry. Eatherton Consulting helps businesses solve growth and marketing challenges through aligned, focused, trust and reputation-building communications.

Giuseppe Mora

Director of Sustainability

Barilla
Giuseppe Mora

Giuseppe Mora has dedicated the last two decades to Barilla, the world’s largest pasta producer. He is currently the Director of Purchasing Americas and is responsible for supplier diversity and sustainability programs. Hailing originally from Milan, Italy, Giuseppe holds a certificate from The European Institute of Purchasing Management.

 

About Barilla: Barilla is an Italian family-owned food company. Established in 1877, it’s now an international Group present in more than 100 countries. A world leader in the markets of pasta and ready–to–use sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy and crispbread in Scandinavia, the Barilla Group is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Italian know–how.

Sharon Mayl

Sr. Advisor for Policy

FDA
Sharon Mayl

Sharon Linden Mayl currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Policy to the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. In this position, she oversees and manages significant policy initiatives related to food safety and nutrition. She currently focuses on implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Ms. Mayl co-leads the team that is developing the FSMA import rules and guidance documents, including those related to the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Voluntary Qualified Import Program, and Accredited Third-Party Certification Program. Ms. Mayl is also the colead for the FSMA import operational team that will prepare the Agency for its transition from policy setting to compliance in the next phase of FSMA implementation. In addition to her work on foods issues, Ms. Mayl remains involved in agency-wide policy matters in the imports area and served as a cochair of the Commissioner’s Globalization Strategy Working Group, which produced the 2011 report, “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality.” Ms. Mayl is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the agency in 1994, she worked first in private practice and then for a public interest advocacy group on foods issues.

Elizabeth Salvo

Director of Regulatory and Consulting Services

ESHA Research
Elizabeth Salvo

Elizabeth Salvo is an experienced Director of Consulting Services with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Training, Food Labeling, Regulatory, Food & Beverage, Food Science, and Customer Satisfaction. Strong legal professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Organizational Leadership from Elmhurst College. 


About ESHA Research: ESHA Research, named for its founders Elizabeth Stewart Hands and Associates, was established in 1981 with the goal of providing a comprehensive nutrition database with few missing values. After three years of extensive nutrition research ESHA released their first program, Food Processor Nutrition Analysis software. Our flagship program, Genesis R&D® Food Development and Labeling Software, was released in 1991. The program has been used by 80 percent of the top food producers and developers in the United States for quick and accurate nutrient evaluation, virtual product development, nutrition labeling, and government regulation compliance. ESHA’s suite of nutritional software products, services, and databases are recognized as the industry’s top choice for food and supplement formulation, recipe development, labeling, nutritional analysis, and regulatory compliance.

Alex Sullivan

Quality Assurance

Daily Harvest
Alex Sullivan

Alex Sullivan manages system implementation and administration for Daily Harvest's growing product portfolio and supplier network. She has been at Daily Harvest for over two years and is currently pursuing an Executive Leadership MBA.


About Daily Harvest: Daily Harvest is on a mission to make nourishing, plant-based foods more attainable by eliminating barriers to access, cost, and time. With ready-in-minutes foods built on organic fruits and vegetables, Daily Harvest takes care of food so that food can take care of you.

Brittney Britton

Supplier Quality Manager

Daily Harvest
Brittney Britton

Brittney has been the Supplier Quality Manager for Daily Harvest since the beginning of 2020. She has held a variety of quality and supplier management positions for over a decade, having worked for companies such Yum! Brands, Sysco, and Rich Products.

 

About Daily Harvest: Daily Harvest is on a mission to make nourishing, plant-based foods more attainable by eliminating barriers to access, cost, and time. With ready-in-minutes foods built on organic fruits and vegetables, Daily Harvest takes care of food so that food can take care of you.

Brian Perry

SVP FSQA

TreeHouse Foods
Brian Perry

Brian Perry is an established Food Safety and Quality leader with 20+ years of experience directing and refining food safety and quality, driving innovative R&D processes, leading risk prevention, and refining operational standards for Fortune 500 companies. Brian Perry currently leads Food Safety and Quality at TreeHouse Foods, a leader in private brands and custom products for the retail, food away from home, co- manufacturing and ingredient industries.


About TreeHouse Foods: TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of private label packaged foods and beverages. We offer better-for-you, natural and organic products in 26 of our 29 categories, and we believe we have a private label leadership position in 17 of our 29 categories. We make high quality food and beverage products that our customers proudly sell to consumers across North America every day.

Jesse Leal

Food Safety Professional - Operations

AIB International
Jesse Leal

Jesse Leal is Food Safety Professional for AIB International, having held this position since April 2014. Jesse joined AIB International in 1996 as a food auditor and later became a food defense specialist and was global quality manager, conducting more than 1,700 food safety audits related to GMPs, agricultural practices, food defense, and FSMA in 11 countries and for some of the largest multinational food manufacturers. Jesse currently travels globally, leading public and private food safety training in both English and Spanish for food industry audiences and AIB International employees.


About AIB International: For more than 100 years, AIB International has partnered with our clients to bring the enjoyment of safe, high-quality food to consumers everywhere. Through customized Training, Inspections & Consulting, Regulatory assistance and Certification services, our global team of food safety and quality professionals has grown to service more than 120 countries and is committed to helping food and beverage supply chain companies to apply the highest standards of integrity. Visit www.aibinternational.com for more information.

Shelley Sapsin

Director

MarketReady Insights (Informa)
Shelley Sapsin

Shelley is the Director of MarketReady Insights, an Informa consulting service that provides businesses regulatory expertise as they enter markets. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School. She joined a regulatory practice in a Washington D.C. firm, then served as CEO for a domestic manufacturing and import company. At Informa, Shelley works with health and nutrition businesses providing regulatory and compliance expertise. She helps them understand US requirements, prepare US compliant labelling and marketing, and leverage all of Informa’s resources to create conditions under which they can be most successful.


About MarketReady Insights (Informa): MarketReady Insights offers expert guidance to brands first entering the health and nutrition industry and provides returning businesses assistance with new product introductions to help them become fully “market ready.” It helps businesses develop compliant labeling, meet and anticipate regulatory requirements and identify strategies for market entry and growth. Looking for personalized support, customized solutions, connections and insight? MarketReady Insights can help. 

Tricia Higgins

Manager FSQA

OSI
Tricia Higgins

Patricia Higgins is the FSQA Information Systems Specialist for OSI Group - North America. Her role focuses on food safety and quality information management for vendors that service OSI's 13 North American based processing facilities. Patricia's work experience in the Legal and IT sectors prior to joining OSI gave her solid technical understanding of vendor related documentation requirements and navigating information systems.

Her developed communication skills and willingness to share her technical knowledge in an unassuming manner has led to OSI's success rate in connecting to their raw material, ingredient, packaging and storage vendors for North America to 85% and continues to work with vendors that are also outside North America to connect in TraceGains Network.


About OSI: OSI is a privately held company with roots stemming back over 100 years and is headquartered outside of Chicago in Aurora, IL. OSI offers global solutions for product innovation and development, custom process engineering and global raw material and product sourcing and has a strong and proven focus on food safety and operational excellence.

Rachel Jones

Director of Field Marketing & Events

TraceGains
Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones has been a valued member of the TraceGains Marketing team since 2017. She got her start running events for the team and planning and coordinating TraceGains’ user conference, TGCon. She has been responsible for rolling out a successful Field Marketing program and currently serves as Director of Field Marketing and Events.

 

About TraceGains: Founded in 2008, TraceGains connects people and information so teams can work smarter. As a global technology company, TraceGains provides networked innovation, quality, and compliance solutions to consumer brands that want to reduce supply chain risk, speed up business processes, and take control of data. On average, companies find 80% of their suppliers already on TraceGains Network, allowing them to connect and collaborate instantly

Sydney Brock

Procurement Quality Manager

Red Collar Pet Foods
Sydney Brock

Sydney Brock is the Procurement Quality Manager for Red Collar Pet Foods, a leading manufacturer of mainstream and premium private label dog and cat food and treats. With a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, she has held various quality positions in the manufacturing industries for companies like Georgia-Pacific and Mars Petcare US.

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