Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food manufacturers and auxiliary service providers will convene to discover new techniques, learn of industry trends, and identify valuable resources that will strengthen the already sizable industry of more than 1,000 food manufacturers in Ohio.

Featured Speakers


Shawn Houser-Fedor
"Hershey’s latest innovations and portfolio expansion"

Senior Director, Chocolate and Packaging Research and Development
The Hershey Company

Houser-Fedor is a global innovation leader with more than 20 years of experience in consumer packaged foods, product development, marketing and supply chain. She has expertise in global product design, development and commercialization, front of funnel innovation, cost savings and productivity improvements, innovation process and project management. Houser-Fedor has helped bring new, unique products to the market including Hershey’s Gold, Hershey’s Cookie and Waffle Layer Crunch and Reese’s Outrageous.


Anna Klainbaum
"Mega food trends"

Food Trends Consultant and Writer

With more than 15 years experience in the food industry, Klainbaum develops strategic content, trend insights and educational programming. As a Brooklyn-based consultant and former Boston Globe food correspondent, she brings a unique perspective to what’s trending at today's table.

Mark Kvamme
"Technology in the food industry"

Co-founder and partner
Drive Capital

Technology is greatly impacting how we create, distribute, deliver and market food.  From field sensors, crop satellite imagery, precision farming practices, to fully robotic farms in downtown locations -- technology will enable us to create, distribute, and track food in ways only seen sci-fi movies.  Drive Capital has invested in several companies in the food supply chain (Farmlogs, Robotony, and Clustertruck) and sees “food tech” as a very large market ripe for disruption.

Anjan Contractor
"Innovations in food through 3-D printing"


Food companies are consistently evaluating how to capitalize on consumer demands and integration of any niche factor that will appeal to the competitive marketplace.  The integration of 3D printing of food products touches on unique attributes, personalization potential, nutritional flexibility, and signature products.  Technology is being developed that is rapidly impacting the personalized food production industry through automation and increased efficiency.

David J. McLaughlin
"Field-to-fork traceability built on blockchain technology"

Director, Technology and Management Consulting

Trace food items back to the source!  Blockchain technology provides instant access to safety and freshness information, helping to improve quality, build brand loyalty and mitigate the effects of critical events.  Learn how standard lot trace capability can be further advanced with speed and security.  Real life scenarios with food companies will be shared to discover how to comply with regulatory standards, and gain a competitive advantage and enhance efficiency.

Alex Hamerstone
"Cybersecurity in the food industry"

Practice Lead, GRC

Security threats to the food processing, agricultural, and manufacturing sectors have remained steadfast over the years, even as the methods of attack continue to evolve.  Hamerstone will share his experiences from working with clients in these sectors, where he has assessed countless information security programs and offered adept solutions to numerous obstacles.  He will then explain the major concerns, making particular note of what actions organizations should take to address risks — and why these things matter.

Other Topics Include:

The Ohio State University Food Science Department | Research update

Cost to Attend:

Price includes a delicious breakfast spread, amazing buffet for lunch, and snacks/beverages throughout the day!

CIFT member | $110
Non-member | $145

Register 4 get 5th free:
Group registrations must be made together (same payment).

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Networking Reception:

New for 2019 -- a networking reception will be held the night prior, Tuesday, Mar. 26 from 6-8 p.m. (also at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center) that will include special guests, heavy appetizers, great networking, and a short, non-powerpoint program.

We hope you can make this event hosted by OVIFT and CIFT!  Click here to learn more and register.


Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center | 100 Green Meadows Dr S, Lewis Center, OH 43035



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