Lonegran and Zietlow won’t be the only individuals from their respective companies playing prominent roles in the conference. After the keynote, Courtney Parker, Chiquita’s vice president of food safety and quality, and Jay Ellingson, Kwik Trip’s corporate director of food safety and quality, will lead a session that addresses how to work effectively with senior management.
Another highlight of the conference will be an April 10 town hall meeting that will feature Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods; Brian Ronholm, USDA deputy undersecretary for food safety; and Joseph Corby, executive director of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
Riemer said audience participation and questions will be encouraged during the 90-minute session.
The conference also will offer four half-day workshops, including one devoted to the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Wolters said the summit typically draws about 1,500 attendees from all sectors of the food industry. Last year’s event drew a record crowd of 1,600.
This year’s event also is expected to draw 160 to 175 exhibitors, who will fill roughly 25,000 square feet of exhibit space.