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Join us for breakfast and great conversation with leading industry experts at the Global Food Safety Conference. We have an action packed week with all sorts of opportunities for delegates at this year’s conference in Tokyo.

Outside the auditorium, there will also be a range of Special Sessions featuring industry experts discussing the hottest topics in food safety, technology and innovation; sponsored by some of the leading lights in the industry. So you can plan ahead to make the most of your conference week, we’ve curated details of each session below.

Wednesday 7 March

Greenfence: The Rise and Impact of Blockchain Platform Ecosystems on Food Safety
Ecolab: Securing Safety Across the Supply Chain: From Cow to Cart
Bureau Veritas: Know What You Eat: Flash a Product and Get its Full Story
Rentokil-Initial: How Technology, Innovation and Big Data are Transforming Food Safety

Thursday 8 March

Diversey & CxS: How is Technology Impacting Food Safety Culture Within Our Industry?
DNV GL: Digital Transformation in the Food Chain: The Way To Safer and More Sustainable Food
SAI Global: Is Consumer Trust a Game You Can Afford To Lose?
SGS: Large Scale Events – Defending the Food Supply Chain: Challenges and Strategies

The Rise and Impact of Blockchain Platform Ecosystems on Food Safety

In this session, we will discuss the impact of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies in the food industry, and how they will change everyday food safety and compliance practices.

Retailers, brands and manufacturers that apply traditional thinking to new technologies like blockchain will continue to face traditional challenges, such as the inability to trust information and inaccurate or fraudulent data.

We will be joined by Jon Labrie, former CTO for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and renowned blockchain expert, together with Jonas Hudson, co-founder of Greenfence Consumer. Greenfence Consumer uses the next generation of coupon, rebate, and shopper loyalty programs based on blockchain.

We will share insights and dive deeper into how a blockchain platform ecosystem, like Greenfence, enables everyone in the global food supply chain to participate. Combining digital wallets, communication and incentives, Greenfence drives real participation from farm-to-fork, enhances data accuracy and tremendously improves quality and compliance.

The paradigm of food safety dramatically shifts: The value chain is connected from farm to fork, preventing harm to the shopper; food is safer everywhere.

Kelvin Harris, SVP Operations & Markets at Greenfence (moderator)
Mitch Chait, Founder and CEO of Greenfence
Jon Labrie, Blockchain Systems Analyst Greenfence Consumer
Jonas Hudson, Co-founder of Greenfence Consumer

Securing Safety Across the Supply Chain: From Cow to Cart

Join Danone, Walmart and Ecolab in a conversation about how a digital approach to food safety increases agility, flexibility and speed; improving food safety in real time across the supply chain.

Technology can help you monitor and measure what’s happening across your operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That’s a lot of information – how do you make it work for you?

Analytics, software, and the power of human intervention can unlock the next wave of food safety, quality assurance and productivity. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it in action.

Nick Alfano, Executive Vice President – Global Food & Beverage, Ecolab, USA (moderator)
Ruth Petran, VP Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab, USA
John Carter, VP Quality Dairy and Resource Efficiency, Danone, France
Kerry Bridges, Sr Director Supplier Food Safety, Walmart, USA

Know What You Eat: Flash a Product and Get its Full Story

Scan me to know my story: Imagine a future in which a shopper can walk into a store, use their smartphone to flash a code on a product, and see at a glance the full history of this product: where it comes from, how it’s been made, how its safety and quality have been ensured. All this for free.

Join us in discovering a practical application of blockchain technology and smart labels into a very innovative consumer-facing claim. Learn how to bring extra value to your products, dramatically reduce recalls costs and directly engage with end-consumers.

Discover Bureau Veritas Origin, the first traceability label that provides consumers with proofs of product history.
Speaker: Vincent Bourdil, Vice President Food Service Line

How Technology, Innovation and Big Data are Transforming Food Safety

Join Rentokil, the world’s largest commercial pest control company, for an engaging and insightful session. The session will look at challenges faced across the industry and how the practical application of new technology, science innovations and actionable data insight is helping businesses transform their approach to food safety.

From producers and processors to logistics and retailers, you’ll discover the latest global research on the adoption of technology to support food safety. You’ll get new data insights on each key sector of the food supply chain and show how the use of predictive analytics is supporting proactive interventions.

Rentokil is joined by David Brackston, Technical Director, BRC Global Standards who will be sharing his views on the industry’s challenges. This presentation sees David bring his wealth of experience and unique insight in food safety management and standards.

The session also includes contributions from industry experts from some of the world’s leading brands. They will share examples of the challenges they have faced within their own business and how harnessing technology, they have successfully overcome them.

This is a ‘not to be missed’ session. Join us to learn how innovation and insight can be used to proactively to reduce risk, increase transparency, and ensure food safety in your business.

How is Technology Impacting Food Safety Culture Within Our Industry?

Engagement from senior leaders in the industry and a much stronger focus on the enhancement of food safety culture is helping to drive safer food for consumers.

However, intertwined with organisational culture, advances in technology are also driving changes in the workplace. Consequently, these advances challenge the food safety systems we currently have in place, and the way they are operated.

Through the lens of different industry sector experts, this session will examine how science and technology are impacting human behavior and organisational culture and whether this can drive sustainable improvement in food safety.

The session will be moderated by Robert Gravani, Professor Emeritus, Department of Food Science, Cornell University, USA

Cindy Jiang, Director of Worldwide Quality, Food Safety and Nutrition, McDonald’s USA
Dr. Hajime Toyofuku, DVM. PhD Professor Yamaguchi University Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology and Visiting Scientist National Institute of Public Health Japan

Digital Transformation in the Food Chain: The Way To Safer and More Sustainable Food

Digital transformation has been taking place in different industries over the latest years. While IoT, blockchain, platforms, big data and advanced analytics are trendy buzzwords, they are also actual technologies creating value in new ways across a range of industries. Our food & beverage industry and its value chains are no exemption and the digital transformation holds the potential to contribute to safer and more sustainable food.

As big data and advanced analytics provides the basis for better decisions, enabling new solutions to turn existing challenges into opportunities, data and data quality may be your new asset. Sharing platforms will enable quicker innovations and block chain technology may contribute to increased transparency and trust throughout the supply chain to the consumers and society.

Do you want to get inspired by real case stories on what some of the leading players in the food & beverage industry are doing? We will share customer stories on how the application of digital technologies is contributing to safer and more sustainable food production, while also looking ahead to further future potential.


Sunny Lu, Co-Founder and CEO, VeChain
Hiromasa Ito, Store Manager, York-Benimaru
Ingunn Midttun Godal, Global Food & Beverage Manager, DNV GL

Suggested reading: [Blog] How Are Digital Technologies Transforming Food Value Chains?

Is Consumer Trust a Game You Can Afford To Lose?

Consumer trust is a powerful, valuable and a fragile business asset. With rapidly changing technology, consumers now have access to information about companies’ values, their products and the way they operate. This transparency, and the shift in the information balance it embodies, means issues around trust are constantly changing and evolving.

With the prevalence of smartphones and social media news about product or service failures, controversies can spread instantaneously, damaging consumer trust on a mass-scale. Today, more than ever, trust and transparency is vital for food organisations that want to prosper. Consumers want a relationship they can trust, and if they don’t find it, they’ll move on. It truly is ‘trust or bust’ on the road to success.

Kimberly Carey Coffin, Director, Global Accounts APAC (Retail Agrifood), SAI Global, USA
Mark Procter, Chief Executive Officer, British Retail Consortium, UK
Nadene Smith, Head of Quality Assurance – Asia, Woolworths Food Company, Hong Kong

Suggested reading: [Blog] Consumer Trust is Truly Your Greatest Asset

Large Scale Events – Defending the Food Supply Chain: Challenges and Strategies

What are the challenges for developing and implementing a robust and effective Food Defence Plan? The session will provide an insight into the development of large scale events Food defence guidelines and mitigation plans, highlighting the requirements and expectations for all suppliers and caterers who aim to be part of this global event.
Three experts from the event’s Food Defence Committee will present details of the Committee’s food defence activities.
Expert presentations will cover:

  • An overview and requirements of the national food defence guidelines focussing on the main mitigation plans
  • Case studies and key learnings from past large scale, global events, as well as the Committee’s research of local events and stadiums, highlighting the improvements needed to implement the food defence guidelines, and
  • A summary of new tools and public seminars planned for 2018 that aim to support participating caterers and suppliers.

Suggested reading: [Blog] Defending the Food Supply Chain

This year’s conference lineup is set to be one of the most engaging we’ve seen. We look forward to welcoming delegates and speakers from around the world for the industry’s annual rendezvous. See you in Tokyo!

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