Programme 2021

18-19 October, 2021; Virtual

07:30 - 08:30

Registration & Refreshments

08:30 - 08:40

Chair's Opening Remarks

Rachid Hassairi, Senior Director Global FSQA Management- External Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Kraft Heinz

Kraft Heinz’s vision is: Sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally! Rachid is accountable for External Manufacturing & Supply Chain and with a senior professional team distributed across the globe to mitigate Food Safety & Quality risks, lead various improvement initiatives, govern various global processes, manage change and trouble shoot where required cross functionally and creates real long-lasting partnership wherever he goes.

As some of you may already know, Rachid is very skilled at making events he chairs interactive while working closely with the audience to stimulate conversation and enhance learnings.
We look forward to having Rachid back with us. Get ready for some exciting conference days!

08:40 - 09:25 - Panel Discussion

Safety, Quality & Compliance

How has Covid19 Changed Food Safety and Quality Relationships and Supply Chain

  • The need for remote auditing
  • Trusting your suppliers and the continued importance of strong relationships
  • Keeping your supply chain strong and flexible
  • What lessons will we take into the future?

09:30 - 10:00 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

2018 vs 2020 Current Stage on Soguima’s Food Integrity Program

Emanuel Guimarães, Operations Director, Soguima

Since its inception, more than 30 years ago, Soguima has always strived to be on the forefront when it comes to quality and to the safety of the products supplied.

Since 2018 Food Sure summit, were we have presented the initial steps, our food integrity system matured and evolved. From 2018 onwards we have implemented IFSS 22000 standard and, just recently, we were audited under the IFS standard and obtained a high level score (>95%) of compliance.

During my talk I will present the timeline of our evolution and future steps towards the production of safer food.

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Managing Safety and Compliance of Ingredients within the Food Supply Chain

Gideon Ashworth, Head of Food Defence, Bart Ingredients

  • Regulatory shifts to comply with (examples of Brexit & new commercial market opportunities).
  • Agricultural changes / challenges driven by Covid-19, Climate Change etc impacting our risk assessments.
  • The ‘value chain’ – is / will safety be compromised by profit in a post Covid-19 world?

10:05 - 10:35 - Solution Spotlights

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Session Title TBC (Lloyds Register)

Full abstract TBC

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Session Title TBC (Veeva Systems)

10:35 - 11:25

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:25 - 11:55 - Case Studies

Rubisco Protein, from Waste to Valuable Ingredient in the Protein Transition

Frank van Noord, Vice President Innovation, Cosun

For the sugar production in Europe millions of tonnes of sugar beets are harvested. During the harvesting the leaves are cut from the beets and left in the Field. Cosun develops a production method to extract the valuable protein Rubisco from these leaves. Rubisco is a plant based protein with unique properties in a wide range of applications in the food industry and specially for the development of new products in the protein transition.


Business Resilience with Food Safety Practices at Dawn of the New Normal

Shabeek Thayyil, Director- Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Agthia Group

Full abstract TBC

12:00 - 12:30 - Solution Spotlights

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

Session Title TBC (Virobuster)

Full abstract TBC


Exploring the Untapped Potential: Challenging the Status Quo of Environmental Monitoring

Arnaud Muller, Chief Executive Officer , NEMIS Technologies AG

Cross-contamination is the single biggest risk in modern food factories. Organisms are unintentionally transferred by people, by movement of air across the equipment, or even some tiny splashes of water from the cleaning. Ironically, there are countless examples where foodborne outbreaks were a direct result of people having cleaned the wrong way. At NEMIS, we specialize in disrupting the game of environmental monitoring and will give you an unfair but winning advantage.

12:35 - 13:05 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

13:05 - 14:05

Networking Lunch

Lunch & Learn Roundtable 

Roundtable Title: TBC
Moderated by: Biometic

14:05 - 14:35 - Case Studies

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

The Future of Tea - Connecting the Dots between Farm and Cup

Frank Braun, Director of Tea Purchasing & Quality, Hälssen & Lyon

  • A holistic approach to developing a digital solution for complex international supply chains.
  • Quality assurance and transparency along the entire supply chain.
  • Our journey - where are we now and what comes next.

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Supplier Quality Assurance & Auditing

Biswajit Debnath, Global Quality & Food Safety Manager, Danone

Full abstract TBC

14:40 - 15:10 - Solution Spotlights

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

Air Quality and Filtration

  • The importance of filtered air to your finished product
  • Reviewing current standards
  • Risk analysis and mitigation

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

Effective Supply Chain Risk Assessment

  • Updates on risk assessment regulations and guidelines
  • Conducting remote supplier risk assessments

15:10 - 15:50

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

15:50 - 16:20 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Critical to Quality Preventive Maintenance Plan: moving from Firefighting to Prevention

Kalliopi Chalkou, Group Food Safety and Suppliers Quality Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Prevention of Quality and Food Safety issues and elimination of repetitive ones has been in focus of Food Industry for many years.

Leading categories of root causes for issues and market incidents, excluding those related to human mistake, capabilities and organizational culture, include equipment performance, cleaning and sanitizing processes gaps and failure of operational controls of critical equipment.

Experience and learnings from quality and food safety issues of more than 10 years, recorded across 56 manufacturing sites were used to build a preventive maintenance matrix aiming to address risk and reoccurrence of incidents with root causes listed under the above categories.

The matrix is reviewed and updated on annual basis to capture new learnings and risks identified.

By mandating implementation of the Critical to Quality Preventive Maintenance matrix, a total reduction of >80% was recorded across the manufacturing plants over 3 years period.

Safety, Quality & Compliance

The Importance of Honesty and Transparency to Customers

Tom Barton, Co-Founder, Honest Burgers

16:25 - 16:55 - Keynote


Session Title TBC (FrieslandCampina)

Eric Timmermans, Corporate Director Quality, FrieslandCampina

  • Abstract TBC

17:00 - 17:45 - Panel Discussion


Breaking Down Silos between Food Safety & Quality and Innovation

  • Bringing together leaders from various disciplines across the food industry, this panel will explore the nature of business silos in the food industry
  • The panellists will discuss how a lack of communication between departments increases the risk of failures and delays
  • Learn how companies are breaking down these silos to optimise and accelerate their product cycles

17:50 - 18:50

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:30

Registration & Refreshments

08:35 - 09:20 - Panel Discussion

Safety, Quality & Compliance

How has COVID-19 Affected and what are the Lessons Learnt?

  • How did the pandemic disrupt supply chains especially global supply chains
  • Auditing for safety, quality and authenticity without travel, what lessons have been learnt?
  • What is the most important lesson you have learnt during this period that will affect your work going forward?
  • Company culture and training as a major component of staying in compliance – how did you manage your teams?

09:25 - 09:55 - Case Studies

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

3D Scanner for Foreign Body Detection

Guenther Augustin, Director of Corporate Quality Assurance, Dr. Schaer

  • Since 40 years Dr. Schär is producing tasty, healthy gluten free products with a focus on quality and food safety.
  • The foreign body management is a key pillar of Dr. Schär’s food safety system.
  • In 2020 we went on to the next level with the installation of a innovative 3D-X-Ray.
  • I will talk about our foreign body management system and the first experiences we made with the 3D-X-Ray.
  • And who would have thought? It can do more than expected.

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

Challenges in Process Validations

Anett Winkler, Food Safety Advisor (EMEA Microbiologist), Cargill

Process validations are required by different legislations and also food safety certifications / standards. They are meant to ensure that the process(es) validated are capable of controlling the respective hazard(s), i.e. referring to the design, but also include later requirements for monitoring and verification. Although for certain food groups process validations have been described in more detail, and some are based on long-term experiences, there are still many commodities, where such information is not easily available. Since process validation requires expert knowledge in different fields, companies often reach out to external services for that task. However, since the knowledge of the process and product is within the producing company and not necessarily the external service provider, successful process validation can pose challenges to both. The components, thought process and points of attention for such a process validation will be outlined in the presentation, thereby supporting producing companies and service providers in that task.

10:00 - 10:30 - Solution Spotlights


Biofilm Reduction Strategies

  • Unexpected areas susceptible to biofilms
  • Efficient biofilm cleaning


Avoid the Worst with Food Recall Software

  • Step by step product tracking
  • Monitoring the whole supply chain
  • Initiating rapid recalls

10:30 - 11:20

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:20 - 11:50 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

The Regulatory Path to Innovative, Natural and Functional Foods. How to Play it Right?

Celia Martin, Global Regulatory Affairs Director, Lallemand

  • Playing the regulatory card to ensure a successful product launch
  • Key aspects to consider when designing a regulatory strategy: how to work with regulations and not against regulations
  • Balancing the increasing regulatory requirements with the current market trends

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Seafood Plant Based Protein Analogues” Current Challenges, Trends and Future Steps

Emanuel Guimarães, Operations Director, Soguima

There is an exponential growth for plant based protein alternatives. This surge is apparently not driven by the increase on the number of vegetarian and vegan consumers but, by the ever-growing number of consumers “coined “Flexitarians” trying to decrease the consumption of animal proteins.

The product category that registered the highest growth is the seafood analogues. In a recent market study the growth in Germany over the past 3 years was of a staggering 638%.

Nevertheless it is also understood from the cited study that consumers want to have animal free protein alternatives but with the similar nutritional and organoleptic properties of its animal origin counterparts.

For seafood analogues this market need can be an added hurdle but research bodies and industry are investing a great amount of effort in bringing to market products with the beforehand mentioned characteristics.

On the course of my presentation, I would try to give further insights on the market trends and what our company and some of our partners are doing in order to tackle some of the seafood category specific issues, aiming at developing and successfully bringing to market plant based seafood analogues.

11:55 - 12:25 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

FMEA: Food Application to Prevent Foreign Body

Emanuele Pagoni, Group QHSE Director, Fileni

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Plant-Based Food Regulatory Status and Labelling

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer, Independent

The presentation will cover the main obstacles that certain innovative ingredients might face entering the EU market (e.g. novel food regime) and the uncertainties that still linger about the labeling of plant-based alternatives, especially regarding the use of terms referring to meat or other foods of animal origin.

12:30 - 13:00 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Safety, Quality & Compliance

The Challenge of Allergen Management in the Food Industry

Marina Van Cauwenberghe, Group Quality & HSE Director, Puratos

Today allergen management is a dilemma in a context of a regulatory frame that is evolving differently in different countries and regions

In B2B requirements from customers could be stricter to local regulations and be even linked to limits of detection that are not always reliable for the matrix we need to test

Ensuring allergen free is becoming a Market need and we need to have a very reliable supply chain information available in to start with, before reviewing this capabilities inside our factory

And once we want to validate he capabilities of our lines, how to select the best method to use? How to get prepared for this in Food Industry? We would like to share this in this testimonial

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Allergen Control

Philip Quinn, Senior Director of QA, Papa John's

Full abstract TBC

Manufacturing, Operations & Technology

Food Fraud Management Across Food supply chain

Sagar Mahmood Khan, Head of QA Compliance Center, METRO AG

Food supply chains are more and more vulnerable to fraud and the trend is significantly increasing considering the facts of supply chain complexity, economic challenges and supply demands shifts. Need of time to understand the types of food fraud faced by each agent across food supply chain followed by effective management through the implementation of GFSI recommended approach of Vulnerability Assessment and Critical Control Point.

14:35 - 15:05 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Session Title TBC (Monster Energy)

Idwin W. Bouman, Vice President Of Quality - EMEA, Monster Energy Europe

  • Full Abstract TBC

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Food Safety Evaluations for Novel Ingredients in EU

Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Director Global Regulatory affairs, Arla Foods Ingredients

  • Abstract TBC

15:10 - 15:40 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

How to Conduct A Thorough and Legally Compliant Food Label Review

  • Overview of current regulations and standards governing label reviews
  • Critical components of your label review checklist
  • Considerations for food exporters

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Prolonging Shelf-Life Through Food Packaging Technology

  • Shelf stability and thermal packaging
  • Innovative materials to make customer communication easier

15:40 - 16:10

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break (1)

16:10 - 16:40 - Case Studies

Safety, Quality & Compliance

Reducing Vulnerability to Food Fraud and Defence Incidents

  • Use technology to track supply chain
  • Verifying ingredient authenticity


Keeping Food Safety and Quality Front and Centre by Engaging your Workforce and Maintaining Best Practice

  • What are the key components of food safety and quality?
  • How do we translate these components into clear tasks making them ‘best practice’?
  • Best practice food safety and quality training techniques and making them second nature to all staff
  • How to keep your employees continuously engaged

16:45 - 17:30 - Panel Discussion


Women In Food Safety

  • Building a career as a food safety professional;
  • Sharing experiences, challenges and learnings;
  • As leaders, how can we make the role better for the ones that will come after us?

17:40 - 18:40

Evening Networking Reception