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Complimentary Virtual Event

May 18, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Food Safety Tech Hazards Series:

Supply Chain

The past two years have pushed food companies to the limit, as they have worked tirelessly to ensure that safe, quality food is delivered to the consumer amidst a global pandemic that continues. This virtual event brings together subject matter experts with decades of experience at food companies who will help you recognize when and how to pivot in the face of global supply chain issues, how to be nimble during these challenges, and how to establish the adaptable mindset required to navigate these ever-changing circumstances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Finding risk in the supply chain
  • How to identify when adjustments are needed to your supply chain
  • Keys to remaining agile during supply chain disruptions
  • Addressing and mitigating supply shortages
  • Digital tools companies can leverage to manage supply chain risks

Who Should Attend:

•    Quality assurance/quality control
•    Risk manager
•    Food safety compliance
•    Regulatory
•    Logistics

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12:00 pm - 12:05 pm -  Welcome and Introductions
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Food Safety Tech 

12:05 pm - 12:30 pm - Pivoting on a Dime: How and When to Adjust Your Supply Chain Program
Elise Forward, President & Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions

Here we’ll dive into some areas where changes at our suppliers/manufacturers will require a change in our supply chain programs and options for increased surveillance.

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm -  Sponsored TechTalk

12:45 pm - 1:10 pm - Remaining Agile During Supply Chain Disruptions: A Manufacturer's Point of View
April Bishop, Sr. Director Food Safety, TreeHouse Foods

With supply chain disruptions across almost anything and everything, how do we as food manufacturers respond to ingredient, packaging, and indirect supply shortages? What considerations must be looked at to ensure we are keeping our employees, customers and consumers safe as we struggle to keep store shelves full of our food products. This quick presentation will spark some ideas on where the risk might be hiding, and how to mitigate it.

1:10 pm - 1:25 pm - Using Technology to Mitigate Food Safety Risks Allowing you to be Flexible and Agile - SGS Sponsored TechTalk
Anthony Camparone, Technical Development Manager, SGS
John Tofalli, Head of Business Development, NA- Supply Risk Management, SGS

When supply chain issues arise, the right technology, coupled with global expertise and services, allows a smooth pivot to alternative suppliers and sources, resulting in a seamless delivery.

1:25 pm - 1:50 pm - Be a Game Changer to Manage Supply Chain Risk
Liliana Casal-Wardle, Ph.D., Sr. Director Food Safety, the Acheson Group

The food industry and its supply chain are in constant flux, do you have the tools to manage the risk that comes with change? Whether dealing with supplier issues or relationship building, supply shortages or crisis management, it is essential to have tools that provide a comprehensive understanding and proactive management of your supply chain risk. And in today’s technological world, including digital tools in your toolbox can make you a game changer.

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm - Panel Discussion

Elise Forward, President & Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions
April Bishop, Sr. Director Food Safety, TreeHouse Foods
Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle, Sr. Director Food Safety, The Acheson Group

2:30 pm - Wrap up and Adjournment
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Food Safety Tech


Elise Forward
Elise Forward
President & Principal Consultant
Forward Food Solutions

Elise Forward is the President and Principal Consultant of Forward Food Solutions, which specializes in helping companies with their FSVP programs.  She is one of those rare people that LOVE supply chain work!  Forward Food Solutions also is happy to assist food manufacturers, distributors, and importers in updating and strengthening their food safety and quality systems.  Elise’s uses her production, distribution, and supply chain experience to help companies in both the international and domestic markets.  She is a member of IAFP, ASQ, IFT, and MWFPA.

April Bishop
April Bishop
Sr. Director Food Safety
TreeHouse Foods

April Bishop is a senior director of food safety with TreeHouse Foods where she leads a team of food safety professionals to support 40+ plants, including food safety training, food safety plans, food defense plans, sanitation, pest control, microbiology, allergen control, and all other things food safety related. Bishop led the TreeHouse team to win the 2017
Food Quality & Safety magazine’s Food Quality & Safety Award recognizing that TreeHouse Foods employs high product standards and expectations, demonstrates excellence across all categories in its submission, and has a commitment to investing in technology, improving employee training, HACCP implementation and utilizing audits.

Bishop has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry and is a 12-year member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), founding the Nebraska chapter with several co-workers in 2009. She is an active member of 6 IAFP Professional Development Groups, the Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention, the National Pasta Association, American Peanut Council, and the Food Defense Consortium.

Liliana Casal_Wardle
Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle
Sr. Director, Food Safety
The Acheson Group

Liliana Casal-Wardle, Ph.D. has 25 years of experience in the private industry. She had technical and global leadership roles managing supply chain food safety and product quality at the Corporate level for The Hershey Company from 2002 to 2019. In this role she provided guidance and direction to more than two hundred facilities ranging from suppliers, internal facilities, external partners (co-manufacturing, co-packing, licensing, food service) and distributors, based in the US and internationally for product manufactured for regional, global and US markets. Casal-Wardle has managed a diverse group of food platforms within the scope of chocolate, sugar and snack manufacturing that span from high to low water activity products and commodities, with primary focus on food safety culture, risk mitigation, project and process design for brand and consumer protection. The complexity of this portfolio was enhanced by a diverse regulatory environment because of multi-country sourcing and global retail. Her specific areas of expertise include Supply Chain Food Safety, Food Safety Culture, Food Science, Food Defense, Cleaning and Sanitation practices, Environmental Microbiological Monitoring Programs, GFSI requirements and Quality Assurance, amongst others.
Casal-Wardle has a Ph.D.  from the Organic Chemistry Department of the University of Buenos Aires where she focused on structural and biological studies of Chagas Disease. She speaks three languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese) and has had the opportunity to reside in and be professionally active in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and the US. She is a certified SQF practitioner, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for FSMA compliance. She is a member of IAFP, IFT, PMCA and AACT.

Anthony Camparone

Anthony Camparone
Technical Development Manager

Anthony Camparone has over 16 years of experience in the food industry as a Technical Manager for GFSI Schemes, performing audits, and managing food safety systems at Mars and Mondelez. He is currently the Technical Development Manager for SGS North America. Anthony has a B.S in Food Science from Kansas State University. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors hunting and fishing with family and friends. He resides just outside of South Bend, IN with his wife and 2 dogs.

John Tofalli

John Tofalli
Head of Business Development - NA, Supply Risk Management

John has over 25 years of executive management and business development experience in supply chain solutions, software and 3PL services. He has held senior positions at major companies including Kuehne + Nagel and Pitney Bowes and has been involved in the development of supply chain solutions for many Fortune 500 companies. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is based out of SGS’ offices in New York and is responsible for all Business Development activities for the Supply Chain solutions group in North America.

Rick Biros

Rick Biros
Innovative Publishing Company/ Food Safety Tech

Rick has 30 years of B2B publishing experience. Early in his career, he worked on Food Processing and then Food Engineering magazines in sales and then a management role. After an E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest killed four children and made national headlines, Rick recognized the gap in food industry trade journals and created a new media segment by founding Carpe Diem Communications, where he developed and launched Food Quality, the first trade magazine serving the food safety and quality market. He then developed the Food Quality Award and The Food Quality Conference & Expo as well as launched two other print magazines, Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality and Contamination Control. Under his direction, Food Quality and Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality received editorial excellence awards from The American Society of Business Publication Editors which included his own monthly column in Food Quality. In 2007, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. acquired Carpe Diem and Rick went to work as their Global Business Development Director for Life Sciences. In mid 2009, Rick continued his entrepreneurial interests with the development of Innovative Publishing Company, specializing in digital media and events. He developed the business model for Innovative Publishing Company with its first property, MedTech Intelligence, a digital magazine and e-newsletter coupled with a series of focused conferences, both online and onsite, serving the medical device and diagnostics industries.

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