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24-27 APRIL 2023


GFSI Conference


This programme may be subject to change
All times are in Atlanta, GA, USA (GMT-4)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Plenary Sessions
10:00 am - 10:05 am
A Warm Welcome to the GFSI Conference 2023
Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
10:05 am - 10:15 am
Welcome Address with Wai-Chan Chan, Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum
Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
Wai-Chan CHAN
Managing Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Welcome Address with Erica Sheward, Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative
Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
10:30 am - 10:45 am
Leading from the Front on Food Safety
Show description

In this session, delegates will hear from Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mondelēz International, who will share his insights and vision on the current state of play in the food safety landscape.

Dirk Van de PUT
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mondelēz International
10:45 am - 11:20 am
Strategic Leaders Session
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Join this session to learn more about the operational and regional realities of food safety from the perspective of a select group of GFSI’s strategic leaders. Insights will be provided on how companies are working together globally to tackle operational challenges and collaborating to achieve successful outcomes together.

Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
Vice President - Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory Compliance
The Kroger Co.
Vice President, Food Safety & Quality
Dole Food Company
Vice President, Global Food Safety and Quality
General Mills
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
Keynote Speech - Law and Order: Food Safety
Dr. Julian M. COX
Honorary Associate Professor
University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch & Sponsored Tech Talk
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Tech Talk: kindly sponsored by DNV
Show description

Do You Know Your Hidden Risks? Learn From Your Peers About the Pitfalls and Mitigating Actions

In a world where nothing seems normal anymore, urgent issues compete for space on the corporate agenda. Companies are constantly challenged to manage many complex emerging and existing risks. From food safety and quality to energy management and cyber security. Then there is ESG performance, diversity, equity and inclusion and anti-bribery. While companies must prioritize, it could mean relinquishing control of what is viewed as less urgent at the time.

It is not possible to be everywhere. But are there effective ways to understand key risks and what mitigating actions may be most effective?

Join Stefano Crea, Global Market & Industries Director in DNV for a session where we dive into critical risks facing food & beverage companies today. From food safety to diversity, equity & inclusion and information security, he will share insight from DNV’s ViewPoint surveys and Lumina™ benchmarking tool on what companies see as top concerns, pinpoint where the corresponding management systems most often fail and which actions best-performers implement to close the gaps. While you cannot predict what may go wrong, you can learn from others and put their practices to good use.

You will learn more about:
• what are main risks and barriers challenging food & beverage companies today.
• where management systems most often fail in addressing them.
• how best-performers work to close gaps and gain control.

Presentation Theatre

Stefano CREA
Senior Vice President, Global Market & Industries Director, Business Assurance
12:40 pm - 1:10 pm
Show description

By now, we assume you have heard about GFSI’s Race to the Top (RTTT), but do you really understand what the framework is designed to achieve, and why this is the here, now and future of GFSI? The RTTT proposes a collaborative enhancement of the oversight of the GFSI ecosystem with the aim of improving trust, transparency and confidence in GFSI-recognised certification and audit outcomes. Additionally, GFSI is seeking to stay true to its core purpose as a benchmarking and harmonisation organisation responsible for the ‘what’ – not the ‘how’ – of food safety. So, join this “Ask GFSI” session to explore the RTTT in more detail and get your questions answered directly by the GFSI team.

Presentation Theatre

Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
GFSI Senior Project Manager
The Consumer Goods Forum
Senior Technical Manager
The Consumer Goods Forum
Esther DIAZ
GFSI Consultant, LatAm
The Consumer Goods Forum
Yang Ying XU
Chief Representative, CGF China & GFSI China
The Consumer Goods Forum
Tsutomu OKUBO
Senior Manager, GFSI Japan
The Consumer Goods Forum
Jonathan BERGER
General Manager, Americas
The Consumer Goods Forum
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Parallel Diamond Sponsored Special Sessions
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Parallel Breakout Tracks - Join the GFSI 2023 breakout sessions, run in three separate tracks and each representing one of GFSI's key strategic priorities: Benchmarking & Harmonisation, Capability Building and Public-Private Partnerships Collaboration
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking Break & Sponsored Tech Talk
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Tech Talk: kindly sponsored by LRQA
Show description

Change: The New Threat to Food Safety – Joining the dots to stay ahead of dynamic risk

Presentation Theatre

Kimberly Carey COFFIN
Supply Chain Assurance Technical Director
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Parallel Breakout Tracks
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Track 1: Benchmarking & Harmonisation - Science & Technology Advisory Group (STAG): How Science and Evidence Informs GFSI Strategy & Implementation
Show description

Every aspect of the work that GFSI does to improve food safety is informed by science and evidence. Changes to the benchmarking requirements, enhancements to our capability building programme and horizon scanning for new food safety hazards all require a science and evidence base. It has never been more vital that GFSI has routine access to the best scientific minds working in the food safety space as well as related disciplines. Bringing rigour and independence to our work, the members of the Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) are drawn from academia all over the world supporting GFSI strategy and informing our decision-making. The STAG members represent a group of highly experienced and forward-thinking academic minds in food safety.

Attendees will learn:
• During this session the STAG members will share their thoughts on what is hot and what is not in the world of food safety research, by reflecting on the work they have done to support GFSI so far and what more there is to do.

Professor, Department of Human Sciences
The Ohio State University
Francisco DIEZ-GONZALEZ, Ph.D.
Director and Professor, Center for Food Safety
University of Georgia
Co-Director of the DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security
University of Pretoria
Jeffrey FARBER
Adjunct Professor, Department of Food Science
University of Guelph
Senior Research Officer and Principal Investigator
Teagasc Food Research Centre - Food Safety Department
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Track 3: Public-Private Partnerships Collaboration - Meet the Regions
Show description

Come and find out what GFSI’s Local Groups are doing to support food safety public-private partnerships.

Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
Consultant to GFSI and Technical Advisor, US-Canada Local Group
Technical Consultant, GFSI
Director, Research Center for Food Safety
AEON Co., Ltd.
Head of Quality and Food Safety - Fresh Food
Woolworths Group
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Official Opening Cocktail - kindly hosted by Neogen
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