The Premier Event for Peer-to-Peer Collaboration and Networking for Regulatory,
Compliance, and Legal Executives in the Food & Beverage Industry.


Where Food and Beverage Regulatory, Compliance and Litigation Executives Meet

October 6-7, 2020 | The Mid-America Club, Chicago, IL

Registration & Breakfast

Food & Beverage Exchange Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Andrew J. Tsai, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property – Marketing Properties, Mars Incorporated

Food-E Workshop: An eCommerce Intensive for Food & Beverage Regulatory Compliance and Legal Professionals

According to Internet Retailer, the online food industry “grew 26.5% in 2017, nearly nine times faster than the 3% growth of total food sales in the U.S. ” From click-and-carry, to meal-kits and omni-channel food delivery platforms, the food and beverage CPG and eCommerce industry is rapidly evolving. Whether you are a manufacturer or a retailer, own a storefront or only sell products online, operate a business locally or on a global scale – one fact has become clear – in order to survive in today’s competitive retail space your company must have an effective eCommerce strategy. Join industry leaders as they provide unparalleled insight for creating and strengthening your eCommerce food and beverage strategy while remaining within the lines of regulatory compliance. Featuring discussion on:

Setting the Stage: How Evolving Trends in Shopper Dynamics, Digital and Data is Transforming the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Tim Madigan, Vice President eCommerce, Tyson Foods

The Beginners Top 10: Understanding Regulatory Oversight, Licensing, Registration, Documents, Contracts and Term Requirements for an eCommerce Business

Labeling, Packaging and Marketing Compliance Dos and Don’ts

  • Brandon Neuschafer, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Coffee Break

Data Protection, Privacy Considerations and GDPR

  • Christian Auty, Counsel, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Social Media- The 3 Greatest Compliance Pitfalls to Avoid

Regulatory Town Hall – Perspectives from the FDA, USDA, & FTC

Hear from top level Government officials responsible for the implementation and oversight of food safety regulations within their agencies as they address current and proposed rules, recent regulatory actions, trends and priorities for 2020. Time will be reserved for Q&A with the panel

  • Stefanie Fogel, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Denise Sylvester, Branch Chief Research and Rulemaking, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Services

Networking Luncheon

Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable

  • Ben Bard, Chief Compliance Officer, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Jerry Kral, SVP, Chief Risk and Ethics and Compliance Officer, Brown-Forman
  • Gerard Leeman, Global Chief Compliance Officer, MilliporeSigma
  • Moderator:
    Ryan J. Rohlfsen, Partner, Ropes & Gray

Label Compliance for 2020 and Beyond: Uncovering Current and Developing Requirements

  • Complying with the FDA’s guidance on Nutritional Facts
  • Non-GMO project and Bioengineered disclosures
  • Updates surrounding digital disclosures
  • Smart Labels
  • Clean labels and “Allergen-Free”
  • Alexandra Feldman, Associate General Counsel, Impossible Foods
  • Randy Leibowitz, Global Food Regulatory Counsel, PepsiCo
  • Moderator: Brian P. Sylvester, Special Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP

Networking Break

GMO Final Rule: What Every Company Needs to Know

Benefit during this session from an overview of what the regulation requires as well as best practices for ensuring labeling compliance. Including discussion on:

  • Definition of “bioengineered”
  • Overview of exemptions
  • Testing methods
  • Voluntary disclosures
Bill O’Connor, Vice President and General Counsel, Heartland Food Products Group Lee Gray, Partner, Holland & Hart

CanaBiz Top 5: The Latest Cannabis and CBD Developments and Trends Disrupting the Food and Beverage Industry

Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in products derived from cannabis and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD). During this engaging panel, listen and learn as industry experts share the top 5 trends currently shaking- up the industry. Including discussion on:

  • The 2018 Farm Bill and what it means for business
  • Current and proposed legislation regulating use in food
  • Current regulatory enforcement priorities for cannabis and CBD products
  • State v Federal Laws
  • Kathryn Farrara, Assistant General Counsel, Marketing, Unilever
  • Katie Gates Calderon, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Day 1 Closing Remarks and Wrap Up

Networking Cocktail Reception

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