2019 Pre-Conference Workshop – Changing Expectations for Traceability

This year’s Pre-Conference Workshop will examine the current state of traceability in the food industry and look into the future. Speakers will explore the role that consumers are playing in demanding greater transparency in the foods they buy and changes that FSMA and other regulations are driving. We’ll explore blockchain and how it’s being used to see if it’s something the spice industry should consider.

A separate registration fee of $155 is required to attend this workshop.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Introduction

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Earning Trust in a Time of Radical Transparency
Roxi Beck, The Center for Food Integrity
Never before have consumers wanted to know more about food, yet understood less about the system from which it comes. Never before have consumers had access to so much information from multiple channels and sources about food and the food system, yet lacked direct access to people who make it possible. They’re almost completely disconnected from production of the food they eat, yet completely reliant upon it. This represents challenge, and it offers unprecedented opportunity. Roxi will dig into research-based consumer insights, a historical perspective as to why transparency has become a demand, and a peer-reviewed and published communications model that offers straightforward guidance on how to engage and build trust with a consuming public that doesn’t fully understand food production.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Blockchain 101 and How it is Changing Food Traceability
Andrew Kennedy, Global Food Traceability Center Institute of Food Technologists
This session will explain blockchain terminology, features used in food traceability, why this technology is different than existing cloud systems. Internal, external and whole chain traceability systems – what they are, how they are similar and how they are different. The current state of the industry including emerging companies, regulatory drivers, examples of traceability programs.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Break

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Is Blockchain Right for the Spice Industry?
Angela Fernandez, GS1US
Blockchain has brought new energy to the conversation around supply chain data sharing, which has lacked a sense of urgency for many years. However, there are many misconceptions about what blockchain is and what it is not. In this session, Angela Fernandez, Vice President of Community Engagement, GS1 US, will outline how to achieve enhanced traceability and product information transparency—two use cases most commonly associated with blockchain—and why companies exploring blockchain need to adopt standards that enable systems interoperability and data accuracy.

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Global Commodity Transparency & Traceability: A Detailed Blockchain Case Study
Kannappan Manickam, NSF International
This session will provide a detailed case study on global commodity traceability. Experience a live demonstration of supply chain tracking enabled by blockchain technology. Learn more about what issues to consider before launching new initiatives to increase product transparency and improve data integrity.