Program / Education


Please contact
Meegan Smith at msmith@sfa.org
or (703) 836-4500 ext. 210
with any questions
or for any assistance.

"Understanding Consumer Perceptions & Communicating the Benefits of Food Technology"

David B. Schmidt, President & CEO
IFIC (International Food Information Council)

Consumers have a positive view of modern agriculture and believe biotechnology can play a role in improving multiple aspects of sustainability.  Most Americans have heard something about food biotechnology and when discussed in terms of consumer benefits, they are primarily favorable.  The IFIC 2014 "Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology" Survey explores U.S. adult consumers’ awareness, perceptions, and behaviors with respect to various aspects of plant and animal biotechnology, modern agriculture, and sustainability.  In this session you will get a feel for the level of consumer knowledge and awareness of food biotechnology; their attitudes and opinions on food biotechnology and what factors they use to help them make informed food decisions.  You will also get an overview of the IFIC Foundation’s Award-Winning “Food Biotechnology Communicator’s Guide”, produced with a grant from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Food Law and Regulation Update

Martin Hahn, Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLC

Martin Hahn will talk about FDA inspection and enforcement as we await final FSMA rules; what your company should know about the increased number of lawsuits alleging that food labels are misbranded and how to manage class action risk; give us the status of a legislative solution which establishes a federal labeling standard for foods GMO ingredients; and finally provide an update on other critical issues facing the industry.

Gear Up! Supply Chain Best Practices & Tactics
for 2015 & Beyond

Trinity Logistics
Ray Smith, Senior Vice President of Design Solutions

This session will help you identify possible areas for improvement within your supply chain and learn key tactics for immediate implementation. In the fast-paced world of logistics, there’s too much at stake for you to simply guess how to proceed. Let us provide the guidance you need from over 36 years of experience to take your business to the next level. Take aways from this session include:

  • Best practices across your industry that will equip your supply chain for growth, enhanced efficiencies, and freight savings

  • Trucking regulations involving Hours of Service, Operating Authority, and Electronic on Board Recorders (EOBR’s) and how they can impact your supply chain

  • The realities surrounding diminishing capacity as the available pool of carriers shrinks

  • How to avoid the pitfalls of selecting non-compliant or unsafe carriers by creating a procedure for compliance with vendors

Looking Ahead: Legislation and Regulations

Affecting the Snack Industry
Mike Torrey, Principal, Michael Torrey Associates Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, MS, RD, Principal and Founder, Food Directions LLC Earl Eisenhart, Principal, Government Relations Services

This session brings together three experts in their respective fields. Mike Torrey will discuss the impact of the midterm election on the legislative agenda in D.C. and provide an update on critical issues facing the industry, ranging from federal nutrition programs to fair labor, product labeling, and energy policy. Beth Johnson’s expertise is focused on the intersection of where public policy meets food policy and will address the issues specific to health, nutrition and food safety. Earl Eisenhart specializes in government regulations of transportation and logistics, which have a major impact on your bottom line.

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