Miami 2022 Program Schedule

Full program details for ASTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibits can be found below. You can view more information about our presenters and panelists in the Speakers Directory. This schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, April 10 - All Events

Joint FS/GR Committee Meeting | 8:00am – 11:00am
This is a closed meeting for members of the food safety and government relations committees and invited guests. (Invitation Only)

ASTA Power Up Fitness Networking Event | 10:00am – 11:00am
Get to know other meeting attendees and get moving during this fun wellness activity. More details and registration information will be coming soon. (Separate Registration Required)

First Timers Luncheon | Noon – 1:00pm
Attendees who have never previously attended an ASTA event are invited to join members of the ASTA Board of Directors and committees for a special networking lunch to introduce them to the association and make connections to ASTA leadership. (Invitation + RSVP Required)

Sustainability Symposium | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
ASTA is partnering with the Sustainable Spice Initiative to offer this exciting program about sustainability in the spice industry. The program will kick off with a discussion of what sustainability really means for spices and why all spice companies need to be thinking about their role in protecting people and the planet to ensure future profits. Get a glimpse ahead of what consumers will expect from companies and governmental requirements in coming years, hear from leading spice companies on their key initiatives, and gain insights from key spice customers on the importance of addressing sustainability issues. (Separate Registration Required – $195 Per Registrant)

Welcome Reception | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for an evening of mingling, drinks, and light fare, as we reconnect with industry colleagues and friends.

Monday, April 11 - Morning Sessions

Continental Breakfast | 8:00am – 9:00am
Enjoy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall.

ASTA Update | 9:00am – 10:00am
Hear how ASTA is working to promote the supply of pure, safe spice, shape public policy, and advance the global industry. ASTA strives to advocate on behalf of the spice industry, promote food safety, and foster an engaged membership. Recently, ASTA has been focused on preventing adulteration and contamination in spice supply chains. This session will explore ASTA’s latest initiatives to advocate for practical and achievable regulations, conduct important research on spices, and work with partners in origin countries to minimize contamination and promote compliance. New members, awards, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the conclusion of this session.

Networking Break | 10:00am – 10:30am
Join us in the exhibit hall to reunite with colleagues, get acquainted with new attendees, and meet the 2022 exhibitors!

Lightening the Load: Key Strategies to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Danielle Negueloua, Director of Johanson Transportation Service, International Division
Spencer Strader, Director at Imports ECU Worldwide

Heejoo Ramsey, Assistant Marketing Manager at the Port of Long Beach, California
Importers are continuing to experience transportation challenges from unprecedented ocean shipping costs to port congestion and trucking labor shortages. This panel discussion will include presentations from supply chain experts and port authorities on the state of play on shipping and freight and provide an insightful dialogue on tools for navigating the transportation crisis. The session will focus on mitigation strategies, best practices and case studies on how importers can mitigate ongoing transportation challenges. 

Monday, April 11 - Afternoon Sessions

Lunch on Own | Noon – 2:00pm
Explore downtown Miami’s many appetizing dining options.
The Membership Committee and Spice Integrity Council meetings will be held during this time (closed meetings for committee members and invited guests only).

Employee Retention in a Tight Labor Market | 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Keeping employees is amongst the top business concerns reported by food companies today, as the lack of labor is impacting all aspects of food manufacturing. Learn how to leverage recognition to retain talent, fuel healthy teams, and sustain production and profits.

Break | 2:45pm – 3:15pm
Stretch, hydrate, and connect with colleagues and exhibitors.

Will Weather Add More Spice To Market Volatility? | 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Drew Lerner, President and Senior Agricultural Meteorologist at World Weather, Inc.
This session will provide a detailed assessment of world weather and identify the areas where crop production may be most threatened by adversity during the balance of 2022.  Time will be spent examining the departing La Nina event and estimating how quickly the next El Nino might evolve. Other weather patterns that may have an influence on spice production around the world will also be identified.

Cassia & Nutmeg Crop Report | 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Steven Winarto, PT. Indoharvest Spice

Indian Chilies Crop Report | 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Prakash Namboodiri, General Manager at Business Development and Communications, AB Mauri India PVT LTD.

Associate Group Meeting | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
This meeting is open to all Associate members. It is an opportunity to discuss Associate member benefits and make recommendations to enhance the value of membership.

ASTA Happy Hour | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Get your evening started with some light hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Exhibit Hall.   

Spices & Spirits Dinner Cruise | 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Enjoy a starlit evening and dinner with fellow attendees while enjoying breathtaking views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. More details and registration information will be coming soon.
(Separate Registration Required)

Tuesday, April 12 - Morning Sessions

Continental Breakfast | 8:00am – 9:00am
Enjoy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall.

Inflationary Pressures on Food Pricing and Other Economic Trends in Manufacturing | 9:00am – 9:30am
Chad Moutray, Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers
This session will examine the current state of the manufacturing sector, including key pressures that are facing the food industry today. Those include the impact of inflation and food pricing. In addition, supply chain and labor market challenges continue to be a top concern for manufacturers. Beyond those factors, there will also be a discussion of global trends, including foreign exchange rates.

Evolving Packaging Innovation Landscape | 9:30am – 10:00am
Dr. Michael Okoroafor, Chief Sustainability Officer at McCormick & Company
What new innovations are driving spice packaging trends? How is sustainability impacting developments in packaging materials and processing? Join this presentation to learn about the latest advancements in spice packaging technology.

Relaxation and Wellness Break | 10:00am – 10:45am
Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy this wellness-inspired break while visiting the exhibitors.

Hot Topics in Spice Regulations | 10:45am – 11:30am
Maile Gradison, Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP
Join ASTA’s General Counsel, Maile Gradison, and other industry experts for a discussion of the latest hot topics in food regulation and policy impacting the spice industry. Get updates on a host of recent issues such as heavy metals, chlorpyrifos, allergen labeling, gluten-free labeling, FSMA implementation and enforcement, and more. If you have a burning regulatory topic to be addressed submit it in advance for inclusion in the session.

Garlic and Onion Crop Report | 11:30am – Noon
Speakers TBA

Tuesday, April 12 - Afternoon Sessions

Lunch on Own | Noon – 2:00pm
Explore downtown Miami’s many appetizing dining options.
The Pesticide Roundtable will also take place at this time. (Invitation Only)

“May I Be Excused?:  How Force Majeure Works in Commercial Transactions | 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Preston Wigner, Vice President and General Counsel at Universal Corporation
The past couple years have presented businesses with one challenge after the next, including supply chain constraints, COVID impacts and restrictions, and labor shortages. Many companies have been talking about “force majeure” lately but they often don’t know what that term really means or what types of problems qualify as a force majeure.  This presentation will address the basic elements of force majeure and other related legal concepts that excuse a company’s performance when faced with extraordinary challenges, and discuss examples of recent case studies that are relevant to the spice industry.

Black Pepper Crop Report Panel | 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Charlie Gill, Commodity Director at McCormick Global Ingredients Limited
Fletcher Sayia, Partner at A.A. Sayia & Co.
Juliano Câmara, Managing Director at COREIMEX Representações Ltda.

Committee Connections Break | 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Are you interested in joining an ASTA Committee? ASTA Committee Chairs will be available to provide updates on the work their Committees and Task Forces are doing and explain opportunities to get involved.

Business Meeting | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
ASTA members, be sure to join this interactive session to elect the 2022 Board of Directors, get an update on the Association’s financial situation, and discuss the future of ASTA.  Be a part of the dialogue that drives key industry decisions and make your voice heard. (Members Only)

A Taste of Miami Reception | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Head up to the Skylawn with your ASTA colleagues for an evening of culinary delights and 360-degree views of Miami’s iconic skyline and glistening Biscayne Bay. This event is outdoors, weather permitting.

Wednesday, April 13 - All Events

ASTA Gives Back | 9:00am – Noon
Join fellow attendees and friends of ASTA to help make a difference in the Miami community during this  rewarding service event. More details and registration information will be coming soon.
(Separate Registration Required)

Annual Program Committee | Time TBD
This is a closed meeting for committee members and invited guests. (Invitation Only)


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