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Day 1: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

1:00 - 4:00 PM Poolside Happy Hour & Networking
  Once you check-in, head down to the beautiful pool to start your networking and enjoy the Florida sunshine
7:30 - 9:30 PM Welcome Reception
  Drop by for a quick beverage

Day 2: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

8:00 - 8:45 AM Networking Breakfast 
  Rise and shine with a healthy breakfast prepared especially for you by The Diplomat Beach Resort chefs. Meet fellow industry professionals and continue your networking.
8:45 - 9:45 AM Keynote Speaker - Shannon Allen, founder of Grown, an organic Miami-based restaurant 
  Shannon Allen is the creator of grown™ and a hardworking mom-on-the-go. She lives in Miami with her husband, Ray Allen, two-time NBA champion, and their five children. grown’s restaurant concept evolved after searching unsuccessfully for an organic, nutrient dense meal on-the-go for her children. Learn more here
9:45 - 10:00 AM Break
Blueberries from chile
10:00 - 10:50 AM General Session Speaker - Mike Mauti, Senior Vice President at Execulytics Consulting
  Mike Mauti, Senior Vice President at Execulytics Consulting, discusses pricing, placement, merchandising and other areas to leverage organic produce sales.
11:00 - 11:50 AM Breakout Sessions
  For Retailers: How to establish and elevate a sustainable supply chain

Moderator: Ashley Nickle
Panelists: Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Director, Sustainability of North America, Brambles. Nathalie Marin Gest, Director of Produce/Floral for Fair Trade. Olga Borquez, Sustainability Manager for Whilesum Harvest. Steve Lutz, Vice President, US and Canada West, Produce Marketing Association
Industry members discuss how to successfully build an infrastructure that meets the growing consumer demand for social responsibility.

  For Growers: Breeding for flavor

Moderator: Amber Sciligo, The Organic Center
Panelists: Erica Renaud, PhD, Vitalis Seed. William 'Bill' Kazokas, PhD Organic Breeder

Hear from cutting-edge researchers about what’s possible when seed breeders expand their focus beyond yield and transportability as primary desirable traits and begin selecting for other qualities, such as flavor, nutrition and resilience to weather and pest pressures.

12:00 - 1:30 PM Luncheon  with Keynote Speaker – Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D., Deputy Administrator for the Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program
  Dr. Tucker's talk titled "Enforcement of Organic Regulations" will delve into the strict guidelines farmers, ranchers and food handlers must adhere to in order to get and maintain, the USDA Organic Seal. As the landscape of organic food evolves so must the rules and regulations - this enforcement not only protects the integrity of the USDA, but also the consumers who purchase organic goods. 
  Dr. Tucker also served as Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program from 2011-2018. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an M.S. in Management from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech.
1:30 - 2:20 PM Breakout Sessions 
  For Retailers: The Quest for an Organic Solution to Citrus Greening
  Moderator: Amber Sciligo, PhD, Science Program Manager, The Organic Center
Panelists: Marty Mesh, Organic Visionary, Found Florida Organic Growers
Ben McLean, Head of Research, Uncle Matt's Organic, Inc.
  Grower Track: Is there a limit to the growth of organic produce?
Moderator: Tom Karst, Editor, The Packer
Panelists: Mike Preacher, Domex Superfresh Growers. Dee Digby, Internatural Marketing. Jim Grabowski of Well Pict, James Peterson, Wish Farms. Mike Mauit, Execylytics

From issues dealing with the availability of certain organic products during a particular season to introducing more convenience-oriented items, successful industry marketers discuss the changing landscape of organic produce.
2:30 - 3:30 PM General Session Speaker – Steve Lutz, Regional Vice President, Produce Marketing Association
  Steve Lutz will share shopper demographics. Who is buying organic? Why are they buying organic? What changes are happening right now? And, what does the future of organic produce look like?
3:30 - 4:30 PM Closing Keynote Speaker - Dr. Todd Dewett, Leadership, Life Expert, Keynote Speaker & Author
  Understanding the Power of Authentic Leadership. Learn more here
6:00 - 7:30 PM Reception

Gather with your peers in a social setting to mix and mingle as you discuss the day's highlights and your insights.


Day 3: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019

8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast & Food Safety and Traceability Panel
  Sponsored by: Eurofins, itrade, Tomra

Moderator: Rebecca Anderson, Global G.A.P. 
Panelists: Harrison Enright, Product Manager for iTracefresh. Douglas L. Marshall, Chief Scientific Officer, Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories Inc. Dimitri Tavernarkis MSc, Food Safety Specialist Engineer, Tomra. Dave Corsi, VP of Food Safety for Wegmans and Chairman of The Center for Produce Safety

Food safety is an ongoing concern for consumers, retailers and producers alike. This group of safety solution experts will discuss how companies can discover and address any gaps in their food safety processes.

Breakfast Sponsors

9:00 - 9:45 AM Keynote speaker - Eduardo Garcia, internationally known chef and motivational speaker
  He’s a chef, outdoorsman, athlete, motivational speaker and co-founder of the national food brand, Montana Mex. He also has a lot to say about today’s food industry. Learn more here
10:00 - 3:00 PM Global Organic Produce Expo Hall Open
  Take this time to explore vendor booths and trade information with fellow organic produce industry professionals. Find new partners and explore new technologies.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch on Exhibit Hall Floor
  Enjoy another nutritious meal with your peers. 
2:00 - 3:00 PM Expo Floor Reception 
  Wrap up your dynamic GOPEX weekend with a warm sendoff.