2022 Summit Recap

OPS 2022 Post Summit Resources

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

8:00am - 1:00pm

Retailer and Buyer Field Tours

           

Thursday, July 14, 2022

7:00am - 8:00am

Breakfast

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8:00am - 8:50am

Ed Session - CEA Part 1, Hydroponics: To Soil or Not to Soil?

Moderator:

  • Todd Linsky, Host, Todd-versations

Panelists:

  • Lee Frankel, Executive Director, Coalition for Sustainable Organics
  • Karen Archipley, Co-CEO, Archi's Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

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8:00am - 8:50am

Ed Session - Regenerative Ag 101: Is Regenerative the "New" Organic?

Moderator:

  • Shelby Layne, Director of Environmental Social Governance, Bolthouse Farms

Panelists:

  • Eric Morgan, VP of Environmental Science and Resources, Braga Fresh Family Farms
  • T. Bruce Taylor, Vice President of Organic, Taylor Farms
  • Vernon Peterson, President and Founder, Abundant Harvest Organics

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8:00am - 8:50am

Ed Session - Private Label vs. Consumer Brand: The Competition for Shelf Space

Moderator:

  • Randy Riley, Owner, GoldenSun Insights

Panelists:

  • Jeff Cady, Director of Produce and Floral, Tops Friendly Markets
  • Josh Leichter, CEO, Pacific Trellis Fruit
  • Dave Hewitt, Vice President of Sales, 4Earth Farms

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9:00am - 9:50am

Ed Session - CEA Part 2, The CEA of Tomorrow: From the Greenhouse to the Consumer

Moderator:

  • Todd Linsky, Host, Todd-versations

Panelists:

  • Philip Karp, President and Co-Founder, Soli Organic
  • Andrew McGregor, VP of Produce and Floral Sales Merchandising, Sprouts
  • Brendon Krieg, Co-Founder and Vice President, Revol Greens

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9:00am - 9:50am

Ed Session - Sustainability Through the Supply Chain: What's Working and What's Not?

Moderator:

  • Michael Castagnetto, President, Robinson Fresh

Panelists:

  • Daniella Velazquez de Leon, General Manager, Organics Unlimited
  • Shawn Peery, National Vice President Produce, Albertsons Companies
  • Monica Wyant, Produce Business Manager, Meijer

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9:00am - 9:50am

Ed Session - Organics in an Era of Inflation and Changing Consumer Behavior

Moderator:

  • Kevin Coupe, Founder, Morning News Beat

Panelists:

  • Tom Barnes, CEO, Category Partners
  • Richard Gonzales, Vice President Global Produce Sourcing, Walmart

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10:00am - 10:30am

Morning Break

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10:30am - 12:00pm

Keynote Presentations

Keynote #1 - The Growth of Omnichannel Merchandising That's Driving Retail Sales

  • John Ruane, Senior Vice President and Chief Omnichannel Merchandising Officer, The GIANT Company

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Keynote #2 - Empowering the World to Stop Ocean Plastic

  • David Katz, Founder and CEO, Plastic Bank

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Keynote #3 - The Future of Grocery Retailing

  • Walter Robb, Principal of Stonewall Robb Advisors and Senior Executive Partner at S2G Ventures
  • Karen Christensen, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Perishables, Whole Foods Market
  • Madhavi Reese, Vice President of Marketing, Whole Foods Market

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12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

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12:30pm - 5:00pm

Exhibition

A sold-out trade show floor featuring over 150 organic growers, shippers, and processors from across North America showcasing their fresh produce items.