Schedule – Organic Produce Summit

Schedule

OPS 2017 Schedule at a Glance

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Wednesday – July 12, 2017

Retail/Buyer Field ToursSOLD OUT

Field tours will include visits to Vitalis Organic Seeds, Driscoll’s, Taylor Farms and Braga Fresh Family Farms.

      Taylor Farms   

Opening Reception

Location: Monterey Ballroom

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Wholesum Harvest

Thursday – July 13, 2017

Breakfast

Location: Monterey Terrace & Knuckles

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Educational Breakout Sessions

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Education Session 1 – “Excellence in Organic Produce Merchandising”

Location: Monterey Ballroom 1

Featuring:

Michael Schutt – Raley’s

Jeff Fairchild – New Seasons

Moderated by Kevin Coupe – Morning News Beat

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Education Session 2 – “Forbes AG Tech: Robotics and Automation in Organic Produce”

Location: Monterey Ballroom 2

Featuring:

Carl Vause, CEO – Soft Robotics Inc.


Nathan Dorn – Food Origins

Moderated by Paul Noglows – Forbes AgTech Summit

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Education Session 3 – “Deep Dive: A look at Trends in Organics”

Location: Monterey Ballroom 1

Featuring:

Jordan Rost, VP Consumer Insights – Nielsen

Gina Garven, Director Category Management – Robinson Fresh

Moderated by Kevin Coupe – Morning News Beat

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Education Session 4 – “Bioponics: Organic or Not?”

Location: Monterey Ballroom 2

Featuring:

Tom Beddard, Owner – Lady Moon Farms

Jessie Gunn, Director of Marketing – Wholesum Harvest

 

Ed Horton, President and CEO – Urban Produce, LLC

Moderated by Tim Linden, Western Editor – Produce News

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Morning Break

Location: Monterey Terrace & Knuckles

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Featured Keynote Presentation

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Keynote Address 1 –  Organic Produce at Every Table: Bringing Consumers What They Want and Need

Location: Monterey Ballroom

ashley_koffAshley Koff, RD – A leading world expert in better nutrition, Ashley shares her message with millions via media, social media, as a keynote speaker, author and industry consultant.

 

 

 

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Keynote Address 2 – Retailer Round Table: Opportunities and Challenges selling Organics to Consumers

Location: Monterey Ballroom

Featuring:

Dave Corsi, VP Produce and Floral Operations – Wegmans

Dave is responsible for procurement, merchandising, design, pricing, and the Wegmans Organic Farm operation.

Heather Shavey, Assistant Vice President – General Merchandise Manager Produce – Costco Wholesale

Heather started in buying at the entry level at Costco’s Corporate Office in 1990, and promoted three times during the decade.

Chad Miller, Vice President of Produce and Bulk Procurement – Sprouts Farmers Market

Chad has more than 20 years of produce procurement experience and has served Sprouts since its inception.

 

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Keynote Address 3 – Organic Coup: America’s First USDA Certified Organic Fast Food

Location: Monterey Ballroom

Featuring:

Erica Welton, Founder and CEO of The Organic Coup – America’s 1st USDA Certified Organic Fast Food Restaurant which opened the first location in November 2015.  The journey into organic began as a Whole Foods customer, grew as she became a mom & extended into her food buying career at Costco Wholesale.

Dennis Hoover, Co-founder of The Organic Coup retired from Costco Wholesale after 33 years and joined Erica on this journey.  Dennis took TOC from 1 location to 8 over the last year and TOC will be launching into the Seattle market later in the Fall.

 

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Keynote Address 4 – A Model Built For Fresh

Location: Monterey Ballroom

David McInerney, Co-founder-FreshDirect

As co-founder and “Chief Food Adventurer” for FreshDirect, David and his team spend more than half the year traveling around the globe to learn, investigate, explore, and taste fresh food.

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Lunch

Location: Tennis Club Area

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Exhibit Floor Open

Visit 120 Grower, Shippers, and Processors of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.  All exhibits are located in the Hyatt Regency Conference Center.
Sold out Exhibition.