Dogwood IFT Food Industry Expo
November 2, 2016 • Cabarrus Arena & Event Center• Concord, NC
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The Role of Packaging in a Sustainable Food Supply

Frank Edwards, Director Food Care Solutions Development, Food Care R&D, Sealed Air

From transport to processor to retailer to consumer, food waste is happening at every step in the supply chain. When food is wasted, we lose everything that went into producing and transporting the food. It’s not just what you buy or consume, but all the resources used to put it on your plate. This presentation will briefly highlight the relocation of Sealed Air's corporate headquarters to Charlotte, NC and will address various important issues related to food waste and means to reduce it.


Frank Edwards is a native of Wilmington, NC and attended NC State University where he earned a BS in Biological Sciences and a MS in Food Science. He is a 35 year employee of Cryovac and Sealed Air where he held R&D responsibilities in a range of product lines including Cook-In Meats, Vertical Pouch Packaging, Active Packaging, Shrink Films, Thermoforming Rollstock, and Vacuum Skin Packaging. Frank is currently responsible for working directly with the R&D departments of Sealed Air's most strategic customers in the effort to collaboratively identify and develop new and valuable solutions for food and beverage producers.

"Environmental Listeria Control Strategies; Seek, Detect, & Destroy"      

Ted Andrew, Senior Director of Marketing, Roka Bioscience

2015 was a record year for Listeria recalls and not in the usual suspect commodities.  Understanding your manufacturing environment and associated risk is a critical piece in developing an effective control and mitigation strategy. This presentation will provide an overview of key components and simple changes that you can make today to lower the risk state when it comes to environmental Listeria.

Ted Andrew joined Roka Bioscience in 2011 where he managed the development, launch, and commercialization of Roka’s fully automated pathogen detection platform. He has held management positions in several bioprocess companies including Catalent Pharma Solutions, New Brunswick Scientific, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Paratek Pharmaceuticals, & Ortho-McNeil. He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Penn State University and a Masters Certificate in Bioinformatics from Northeastern University.

Update on North Carolina’s Implementation of FSMA Rules
Anita MacMullan, Food Administrator
NC Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Protection Division
One of the key elements in the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) was to enhance partnerships and strengthen existing collaboration among all food safety agencies, including state agencies. The NC Department of Agriculture’s Food and Drug Protection Division has a unique and important perspective on how our state will move forward during the implementation of the FSMA.  With all seven of the FDA’s foundational rules finalized in 2015 and 2016, compliance dates are just around the corner, beginning as soon as September 2016 for certain firms.  Anita MacMullan will give an update on how the two agencies are interacting and what to expect in the regulatory process.
Anita MacMullan leads the NCDA Food and Drug Protection Division's manufactured food program including all inspection, compliance, enforcement and emergency response activities. She has over 20 years' service with the division as an inspector, compliance officer and compliance supervisor. Ms. MacMullan's career also includes three years with the FDA in the Division of Federal-State Relations as the Branch Director for Contract and Grants overseeing the distribution and management of funding to support state and local agency food safety efforts. Previous to entering into public service, she held positions in the biotechnology industry conducting research on industrial enzymes and biopesticides.

Sustainable Sourcing—Challenges and Best Practices

Tammy Archer, Director of Logistics, Sales and Marketing; Brenntag North America
Brand loyalty from today’s consumers is increasingly based on corporate social responsibility including sustainability, a broad term that includes protection of the environment, the efficient use of resources, health and safety of workers and customers, fair labor practices, governmental compliance, and supply responsibility. “Sustainable sourcing” has become one of the most important criteria for making purchasing decisions in the food industry. Tammy Archer of Brenntag will talk about the challenges of factoring in the environmental and social aspects of ingredient sourcing while maintaining an appropriate balance between business, ecology and social issues.
Tammy Archer has worked in the chemical distribution business for 28 years managing warehouses, barge terminals and currently the logistics department within Brenntag’s Global Sourcing Organization. She works with all the GSO countries exploring and sourcing new products for Brenntag. Brenntag is the global market leader in chemical distribution with over 10,000 products and a supplier base of several thousand companies.
Update from IFT
Christine Tarantino-Dean, Executive Vice President, IFT
Since 1939, IFT has been advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system by creating a dynamic forum where individuals from more than 95 countries can collaborate, network, learn, and contribute toward innovative solutions for the benefit of people around the world. Today, we’ll learn about some of the new programs IFT has to offer to its members.
Christie Tarantino-Dean joined the IFT as Executive Vice president in April 2014 bringing more than 20 years of association management experience to the Institute. She oversees a wide array of IFT programs that serve the Institute’s 18,000 members. Prior to her role at IFT, she served as president of the Association Forum of Chicagoland, and as the executive director of the Academy of General Dentistry. She is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s of public administration.