Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 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


David Beurle -
"The Future of Food"

Founder and CEO
Future IQ

David Beurle is a world-renowned strategist and foresight researcher. His work comprises of foresight research publications that include scenarios for the future of the global food processing industry.

David will present “The Future of Food” - from production to consumption,the global food industry is beginning a radical evolution. Drawing from current research, this presentation will explore emergent trends and how they are reshaping the industry. Interactive discussion will probe views on when and where disruption will occur, and where and when new opportunities will be created

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Greg Soehnlen -
"Alternative Business Approaches"

President and CEO
Superior Dairy, Inc., Creative Edge and LEL Logistics

Exploring alternative business approaches in order to foster innovation and disrupt current practices that will drive new opportunities. How companies can be inspired to blend research with unique vision in order to respond to challenges in a dynamic industry with so many contributing factors impacting efficiency. The story of a four generation company evolving to the future business needs.
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Shelly Thobe -
"From Idea to Excitement"

Director - Culinary Innovation
The Wendy's Company

How Wendy’s business and innovation strategy is evolving with consumer demographics and utilizing digital platforms to deliver the message. New menu ideas brought to life in exciting ways through brand activation.

Other Topics Coming Soon!

Cost to Attend:

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

(Until February 4th)
Early Bird CIFT member | $85
Early Bird Non-member | $120

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

For more information please email

March 4th Networking Reception

OVFIT and CIFT are hosting a Networking Reception on March 4th from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. In addition to heavy appetizers, a cash bar and great networking opportunities, this year will include the OVIFT Annual Student Poster Competition. Ohio State University's brightest graduate and undergraduate students will be on hand to present their food science related research to attendees.

This event requires purchase of separate tickets from the Ohio Food Industry Summit. For more information click below.

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