Schedule 2014

Monday, September 8 2014
5:00 – 9:00 pm Set up for exhibitors and sponsors
Tuesday, September 9 2014
7:00 am Registration and breakfast
8:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Paul Singh, Professor Emeritus, School of Packaging, Michigan State University
8:15 am Keynote Presentation
Fresh Produce Packaging and Food Safety Challenges: An Insider’s Perspective
Steve Gill, CEO, Gills Onions, Oxnard, CA
9:00 am Be Prepared: How the FSMA Will Impact Grower / Shippers
Michael McCartney, COO, Sun World LLC
9:30 am Break with exhibitors
10:15 am Packaging for Quality and Sustainability at Ready Pac
Brian Zomorodi, Executive VP R&D, Ready Pac
10:45 am Merchandising Challenges with RPC’s and DRC’s for Retail Sales of Fresh Produce
Dr. Paul Singh, Professor Emeritus, School of Packaging, Michigan State University
11:15 am Engaging Consumers: Package Design and Marketing Strategy
Dr. Javier de la Fuente, Assistant Professor, Packaging Program, California Polytechnic State University
11:45 am Lunch
1:00 pm Keynote Presentation
Global Trends Driving Packaging and Maturity Control Systems (2020 & Beyond)
Ronnie De La Cruz, De La Cruz Consulting & Training, Salinas, CA
1:30 pm Pallet Unitizing: Reducing Damage from Vibration in Shipments of Fresh Produce
Dr. Malkeet Padda, Postharvest Research Manager, Driscoll’s
2:00 pm The Business Environment Today Requires You to Control Your Specifications
Matthew Wright, President, specright
2:30 pm Fresh Approach: A New Technology for Post-Harvest Cooling of Produce
Robert Bright, Director of Strategic Sales, DeltaTrak, Inc.
3:00 pm Break with exhibitors
4:00 pm Fresh Pack: An Innovative Take on Cost Management, Logistics and Sustainable Solutions
Michael Michelucci, Sales Manager, Northern California
Cheryl Wilson, Director, Perishable Products
Golden State Container
4:30 pm A Look to the Future: How Do We Standardize to Optimize?
Josh Kling, Strategic Market Development Manager, IFCO
6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception in Ferrantes Bay Room
Wednesday, September 10 2014
7:15 – 7:30 am Lobby breakfast to go
Bus departs for tours from front entrance of hotel.
Please remember to dress warm as the cooling rooms and morning air is cold
8:00 – 10:00 am Field Tour 1: Driscoll’s Berries, Watsonville, CA
Field Packing and Pre-Cooling of Strawberries and Raspberries
Strawberries and raspberries in adjacent fields, then finish up with a tour of their QA and cooling facilities.
Driscoll’s Berries, 1750 San Juan Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076
10:30 – 11:30 am Field Tour 2: Tanimura & Antle, Salinas, CA
Artisan lettuce: field harvesting, packing into clamshells, and palletizing of product for transport.
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
Tanimura & Antles’s Wharf Marketplace, Monterey, CA
1:15 – 2:00 pm Exhibitor/Sponsor Panel
Discussions on specific questions and challenges shared by seminar attendees