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


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Global Spotlight: Trends in International Food Law and Supply Chain Policy

C- Andrea Bruce, Sr. Counsel Global Regulatory Law, Hershey Company
C- Michael Littenberg, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

• Assessing China’s Regulation on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law and what it means for food import and export
• Comparative Analysis: Contrasting EU food labeling rules with FDA labeling requirements
• Update with recent Foreign Supplier Verification Program related violations

What’s in a Name? How Plant-Based Products are Transforming the Market

C- Marie Hlavaty, Chief Legal Officer - Americas, Upfield
C- Julie Daoust, Sr. Director Global Nutrition Science and Open Innovation, LiveKindly

C- Jacqueline J. Chan, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP

According to a report by Meticulous Market Research, "[t]he plant-based food market is expected to reach $74.2 billion by 2027." And as consumer interest in the various alternative dairy and protein products grows, so does legislation and regulation.
Including discussion on:
• Current issues in federal and state legislation, enforcement activity, litigation, and agency action
• Regulatory, legal, and PR considerations for launching a plant-based product

Spotlight on Mexico’s New Front-of-Pack Labeling Warning System

C- Grazia Perrella, International Compliance Professional, Legal Department, Sargento Foods

End of Day 1

Chair’s Opening Remarks

C-Ebru Basaran-Shull, Vice President- Compliance, Legal Department, Sargento Foods

Regulatory Town Hall – Perspectives from the FDA, USDA-AMS, FTC and NAD

C- La Toya Sutton, Attorney, National Advertising Division (NAD)
C- David O’Toole, Senior Staff Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
C- Trevor Findley, Deputy Director, Food Disclosure and Labeling, USDA

C- Claudia Vetesi, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Listen and learn as top level Government officials responsible for the implementation and oversight of food safety regulation and policies address current and proposed rules, recent regulatory actions, trends and priorities for tomorrow and beyond.

CanaBiz 101: How the Food and Beverage Industry is Keeping Pace with Budding CBD and Cannabis Regulations, Consumer Trends and Product Innovation

C- Joe Hodas, Chief Marketing Officer, Wana Brands, Wana Brands
C- Judith Schvimmer, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Left Coast Ventures

Can you manufacture and sell products in the United States that contain CBD and/or THC? According to the FDA and DEA, the answer is no. However this has not prevented the food and beverage industry from entering the space at an unparalleled pace. Join presenters for an enlightening discussion on the high risks and rewards of “canabusiness” , including discussion on current and emerging regulations in the US and Canada, advertising, manufacturing and transportation considerations as well as key insights for successfully getting your product on the shelf.

Certification Verification: Product Certification and Compliance Implications, What Every In-House Practitioner Needs to Know

C- Stefano Liparoto, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Senior Manager, Kerry
C- Randy Liebowitz, Global Food Regulatory Counsel, PepsiCo
C- Isha Saini, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Danone North America

From “non-GMO” and “certified vegan”, to “fair trade” and “diet trend approved” join in house practitioners as they shed light on the ever growing trend of certifications, exploring strategies for identifying which certifications to embrace and which ones to leave behind, as well as key considerations surrounding label compliance, substantiation and Government backing.

Lunch Break

e-Commerce Policy and Legislation- What Food and Beverage Companies Need to Know

C- Valerie Madamba, Former Senior Counsel, Regulatory Compliance & Government Affairs, BlueApron
C- Dilshika Wijesekera, Director, Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Instacart

FoodE Focus: Exploring E-Commerce Considerations for 2021 and Beyond

Data Protection, Privacy and GDPR

C- Katherine Licup, Chief Privacy Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
C- Joe Omurchadha, Head of Corporate Compliance and Ethics | DPO, Lidl

End of Day 2, Co-Chair’s Closing Remarks

Chairs Opening Remarks

C-Ebru Basaran-Shull, Vice President- Compliance, Legal Department, Sargento Foods

Segment 1 – Class Action Litigation: Expert Strategies for Reducing Vulnerability and Improving Operations to be Litigation Ready

C- Jennifer Elmer, Deputy General Counsel-Americas, Barilla America, Inc.
C- Suzanne de Eraso, Attorney, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Explore the latest developments in class action litigation and best-in-class practices for avoiding class action suits, with discussion on:
• Trends in false labeling, slack fill, “all natural” and multifunction ingredients
• Origin of products claims
• Lessons learned from the plaintiffs’ bar

Segment 2 – Predicting the Unpredictable: A Crisis Management Roadmap for Food and Beverage Companies

C- Bill O’Connor, Vice President and General Counsel, Heartland Foods
C- Jerry Kral, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Brown-Forman
C- Ryan Rohlfsen, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

With rapidly evolving industries comes rapidly evolving risks. Food safety, quality, contamination and recall mitigation have tasked industry practitioners for years but Covid-19 revealed how under-prepared many organizations were to respond to crisis. Join panelists as they share practical guidance and proven tools for building an effective risk management strategy that can handle traditional industry risks as well as less common operational disruptions such as natural disasters, civil unrest and global pandemics. Featuring in-depth discussion on risk matrixes, scenario planning exercises, technology solutions and more


The Claim Substantiation Handbook –An Insider’s Guide for Avoiding Major Missteps

C- Joy L. Fontaine, Chief Counsel, Marketing & Food Law, Mondelez Global

  • Understanding the applicable regulations and evidence required for asserting a claim under FDA and FTC regulations
  • Determining how much is enough when relying on scientific data and studies
  • Identifying the common pitfalls and red flags surrounding claim substantiation
  • Overview of key food and beverage product marketing and advertising claims
    • nutrient and health
    • structure/function
    • mental performance and focus
    • disease
    • comparative
    • calories/ingredients

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