Schedule

OPS 2019 Schedule

Please check back often for updates to the 2019 OPS program

 
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Retailer and Buyer Field Tours

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5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast

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8:00 am – 10 am

Educational Breakout Sessions

Educational Breakout Session: "What Lies Ahead for Wholesalers of Organic Produce?"

8:00am-8:50am

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  • Moderator: 
    • Mark Munger, VP Sales & Marketing, 4Earth Farms
  • Panelists:
    • Elizabeth Nardi, CEO, Organically Grown Company 
    • Greg Kurkjian, VP/GM, Crosset Company
    • Mark Hill, Director of Organic Produce, Baldor

Educational Breakout Session: "Organic Sales and Consumer Purchasing Analysis"

8:00am-8:50am

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  • Moderator: 
    • Kevin Coupe, Founder, MorningNewsBeat.com
  • Panelists:
    • Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director, Organic Trade Association (OTA)
    • Steve Lutz, Regional Vice President, PMA 

Educational Breakout Session: "International Insights and Trends on Organic Produce-Part 1"

8:00am-8:50am

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  • Moderator: 
    • Gina Garven, Vice President Commercial Development and Analytics, Robinson Fresh
  • Panelists:
    • Chris Ford, Organic and Food Category Manager, Oppy 
    • Fernando Rojas, Produce Buyer, PriceSmart
    • Mimmo Franzone, Director of Produce, Longo Brothers
    • Nick Kukulan, President, Paramount Export

Educational Breakout Session: "The Future of Organic Meals at Retail"

9:00am-9:50am

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  • Moderator: 
    • Jonathan Steffy, VP & GM, Four Seasons Produce
  • Panelists:  
    • Micah Shea, VP of Sales, Earthbound Farm/Taylor Farms
    • Calvin College, Prepared Foods Manager, Lexington Co Op
    • Amy McClellan, SVP, Martin's Super Markets

Educational Breakout Session: "Tackling Food Waste-Good for the Planet and the Bottom Line"

9:00am-9:50am

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  • Moderator: 
    • Jan DeLyser, VP of Marketing, California Avocado Commission
  • Panelists:
    • Edward O'Malley, VP of Supply & Merchandising, Imperfect Produce
    • Lisa Spicka, Associate Director, Sustainable Food Trade Association
    • Carlos Rojas, VP of Legal, Risk and Sustainability, Sprouts Farmers Markets

Educational Breakout Session: "International Organic Produce Supply, Part 1- Insights and Trends"

9:00am-9:50am

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  • Moderator: 
    • Jose Rossignoli, Director of Global Sourcing, Robinson Fresh
  • Panelists:
    • Ignacio Donoso, Director, New Business Development and Offshore Offices, Verfrut 
    • Kiko Carlos, CEO, Eurofresh
    • Marcos Echenique Walker, Marketing Director, Copefrut

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Break

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote Presentations

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Featured speakers:

  • Dan Barber, Noted Chef and NY Times Best-Selling Author
  • Robyn O’Brien “Food’s Erin Brockovich”, Former Financial and Food Industry Analyst

10:30am-12:00pm

The Retailer Roundtable

Featuring candid commentary and thought-provoking discussion, the Retailer Roundtable will highlight how each retailer incorporates organic fresh produce in their operations, as well as their analysis on the challenges, opportunities and future of the multi-billion dollar organic fresh produce industry.

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  • Moderator: 
    • Tonya Antle, Co-Founder and EVP, Organic Produce Network
  • Panelists:
    • Vic Savanello, Vice President of Produce, The Fresh Market 
    • Greg Corrigan, Senior Director of Produce & Floral, Raley's
    • Don Barnett, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Basket

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

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1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Exhibition

148 Exhibitors showcasing their organic products.