Southeast IFT Food Industry Expo
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • Cobb Galleria Centre • Atlanta, GA
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Seminar Schedule....Room 105, Cobb Galleria

1:30 - 2:30
"ReThinking Innovation"
Nancy Quan
Chief Technical Officer, Coca-Cola North America and
Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company
  Nancy will be talking about the dramatically changed approach to innovation at KKO. One approach is to leverage technical resources at their international R&D centers and look for opportunities to lift and shift successful products from one market to another. Longer term, they have employed strategic planning to identify technical platforms to meet anticipated future consumer needs and ultimately products at KKO. Part of this approach involves building strategic relationships with universities to explore fundamental or technical breakthroughs which will hopefully allow for the development of new and novel products that can’t be produced today.
Nancy Quan is the Chief Technical Officer, for the Coca-Cola Company, North American businesses. Her areas of responsibility include Research & Development; Technical Operations and Commercialization; Quality, Safety and Environment; and Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. Nancy and her team are responsible for creating, driving and executing an impactful innovation and growth agenda; commercializing successful solutions throughout the supply chain; ensuring effective, forward looking governance and stewardship; and protecting the business with strategic scientific and regulatory solutions and strong advocacy.
Just prior to this role, Nancy held the role of Vice President Global R&D for the Coca Cola Company, where she was responsible for setting the global R&D vision, strategy and priorities. Nancy’s responsibilities also included leading the Corporate Research and Engineering functions and overseeing the External Technology Acquisition (ETA) function, through which Coca-Cola structures strategic partnerships with universities, research centers, technology start-ups, and others to source technologies for sustained competitive advantage.

12:30 - 1:30

"Environmental Listeria Control Strategies;
Seek, Detect, & Destroy"
Brent LaPointe, 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.

Brent is a seasoned microbiologist with more than a decade of experience in the diagnostics industry. He studied at the University of Wisconsin and earned a B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology. He has held a number of positions in industry in an R&D capacity studying shelf life of dairy products and efficacy of sanitizer systems. More recently, Brent has focused his attention in diagnostics to novel pathogen detection platforms serving clinical and food related segments. Brent enjoys a ”hands on” approach to providing proactive, technological solutions to challenges that arise in regulated industry. Brent is a current member of Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association and serves on their technical committee. He is also an associate member of ASTA and a past member of the New England Society for Microscopy and Henrici Society for Microbiologists.

11:30 -12:30

"Clean Label Solutions using Meat Proteins"
Eva Krieger, PhD,
National Account Manager Eastern NA
Essentia Protein Solutions

What if you could deliver protein fortification in a convenient refreshing strawberry beverage to your health conscious customers without the challenges that lactose presents?  How about being able to create a delicious drinkable broth that delivers all the bone broth benefits without having to include HVP/AYE or I&G?  Can you imagine a delicious, savory, meaty Au Jus with the flavor only coming from ingredients labeled as beef?  As the pressure to remove phosphate in meat applications continues to increase would it be helpful to have an alternative for your whole muscle chicken, ham and roast beef that actually helps increase yield?

I look forward to sharing how USDA, all natural, NAE and Organic meat proteins can assist in your ingredient simplification efforts while still delighting your customers.



Eva Krieger, PhD is currently the National Account Manager for Eastern NA for Essentia Protein Solutions.  She has worked in the food, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industry leading R&D, Quality Management and Technical Services for over 20 years.


Student Session      3PM

“Food Science Careers, What’s Out There?”
Moira McGrath
President, OPUS International, Inc.
Executive Search in the Food Science Industry

Moira McGrath is president of OPUS International, Inc., the company she founded in 1993. Moira and her team focus on placing scientists in the food science industry. Their clients are food and food ingredient manufacturers throughout the US and Canada. Moira is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. She has served or is serving on numerous food science advisory councils, including Cornell, UC Davis, University of Florida and Virginia Tech. She has also been actively involved with IFT, having served on the Board of Directors, the Nomination and Elections Committee, and is currently on the Certified Food Science Committee.