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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Opening Message: Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

  • Opening Message, Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty – Ben Nemtin, Co-founder, The Buried Life Movement

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Spice Industry – Installment 1

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Spice Supply Chains – Peter Sayia, A A Sayia & Company
  • Maintaining Spice Operations Safely During a Pandemic – Larry Lichter, McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • Regulatory and Legal Considerations for Spice Operations – Maile Hermida, Hogan and Lovells & ASTA’s General Counsel
  • ASTA’s COVID-19 Resources and Advocacy – Laura Shumow, American Spice Trade Association

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – Global Trade and Regulations for the Spice Industry – Installment 2

  • Overview of Current Global Trade and Tariff Landscape – Bill Bryant, Bryant Christie
  • Impact of Covid-19 On Food Trade – Ben England, Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC
  • Global Food Regulation Update – Martin Slayne, PhD, Slayne Consulting LLC

Thursday, April 30, 2020 – Managing in a Time of Uncertainty – Installment 3

  • How Small Spice Businesses Are Dealing with COVID-19 – James “McKinley” Thomason, Doug Jeffords
  • Update on Sterilization Capacity During the Outbreak – Steve Markus, Sterigenics
  • Crisis Management ≠ Risk Management – Joe Scimeca, IDFA

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Chemical Regulations and Resources – Installment 4

  • Chemical Product Issues of Note – Lynn L. Bergeson, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)
  • Exposure-based Screening Tool for Contaminants in Spices – Carolyn Scrafford and Mary Murphy, Exponent
  • Update on ASTA’s Agricultural Chemical Advocacy Efforts – Lois Rossi, Rossi Consulting and Laura Shumow, ASTA

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Regional Updates  – Installment 5 

  • India – Representatives from ITC and ISC
  • Middle East (Egypt, Morocco, Turkey) – Mostafa Bedair, Giza Seeds & Herbs
  • China – Mike Liu, BCFoods
  • EU (Spain, etc.) – Guillermo Molina, Sabaters Spice
  • Vietnam and Indonesia – Nitin Bansal, Olam
  • U.S. – John Minardi (Moderator), Jain Farm Fresh

Monday, May 11, 2020 – Market Insights of an Uncertain Future – Installment 6

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Purchase Behavior – Amanda Topper and John Owen, Mintel
  • The Future of Our Food System is Already Here – Chiara Cecchini, Innovation/Global Outreach Lead, Future Food Institute

Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Validation For Spice Companies – Installment 7

  • FDA Presents Validation Information for Spice Companies – Mathew Noonan, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and Nate Anderson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Maintaining Audits and Certifications during the Pandemic – Installment 8

  • Maintaining Certifications During the Pandemic – Jeremy Z Chamberlain, SGS Group
  • Organic Certifications During the Pandemic – Elizabeth “Liz” Figueredo Quality Assurance International (QAI), a division of NSF

Friday, June 5, 2020 – FDA Priorities for the Safety of Imported Foods – Installment 9 (final) 

  • FDA Priorities for the Safety of Imported Foods – Don Prater, Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety, Office of Food Policy and Response, FDA and John Verbeten, FDA Office of Enforcement and Import Operations

Friday, June 5, 2020 – Closing Keynote: Staying Resilient in Trying Times

  • Closing Keynote, Staying Resilient in Trying Times – Shawn Ellis, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, and Resilience Coach

Gold Sponsors
Jain Farm Fresh Foods Ltd.
Kalsec, Inc.
Paprimur S.L.
Nedspice Group
Sabater Spices
Silva International
Trilogy Essential Ingredients, Inc. 

Silver Sponsors
Advanced Spice & Trading, Inc.
Certified Laboratories, Inc.
Food Safety Net Services
Harris Spice Co., Inc.
Johanson Transportation Service
Mincing Spice Company
SGS North America