Technofutures: The Top Innovation Trends That Will Shape the 21st Century
The global innovation economy is the central driver of business change in this century. This entertaining overview covers the top innovations and technologies that will transform the future: Internet 3.0, next generation genomics, virtual reality media, anywhere wireless, longevity medicine, quantum computing, nanotech and robotics.
Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium
Applied Metagenomics for Food Safety will be a disruptive technology for Food Safety practices. With DNA and RNA sequencing, we are able to profile communities of microorganisms — the microbiomes — in the supply chain anywhere along the process from farm to table. The insights generated will be powerful and transformative.
Flavor and Fragrance Perceptions
Improving the sensory experience of consumer interactions with fruits, vegetables and flowers has long been the Holy Grail for plant breeders and those in the produce and floral supply chain looking to increase consumption. Current consumer and sensory testing procedures such as preference or discrimination testing, rating sensation intensity and liking or "likelihood to buy" were developed half a century ago and often lacked power to be actionable. Today, more efficient and powerful methods are being developed to help us better understand critical sensory perception factors that can fuel next generation product experiences for consumers. This session explores state-of-the-art sensory research and how it applies to the future of fruit and vegetable development.
The Internet of Everything: Innovating in the Age of Big Data and Small Devices
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is one of the hottest businesses and tech topics to come along in years. It's the incredible new value being created through the ability to hyper-connect all of the devices, sensors, people and data being collected about how businesses and people behave. In short, it's the future of business and society. If your clients have not yet begun to ask for a presentation on the IoE and Big Data, they will.
Speaker: Tom Koulopoulos (Presentation Not Available)
I.O.E. Meets Produce: Smart Farming Through Big Data
Today, like never before, we have the ability to gather data on climate, soil type, pests, and other factors that can affect fruit and vegetable production. This session provides insights into the world of Big Data and the benefits realized when marrying data from multiple sources, permitting producers to select optimal varieties and obtain the precise growing recipe to ensure the best quality and yields.
What 3D Printing Means to Our Industry
3D printing is at the crossroads of manufacturing and cutting-edge 3D design. Although printing out food, layer by layer, from a 3D printer may not yet be particularly efficient—nor sound that tasty—companies are already testing how the technology can transform the produce industry. This session looks at this rapidly emerging technology and explore how it will impact the produce industry. While the day when 3D printers mock up new packaging concepts is already here, the day when the consumer simply “prints” their purchase may not be all that far away. This session explores how long it will be before 3D printers transform delivery of products directly to consumers, its impact on the the industry and help you identify the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Robotics? What's It All About?
Robotics are quickly improving and changing the face of the produce industry, whether it is in farming or in the supply chain. Robotics are the key to greater productivity and lower farming costs including labor, seeds, herbicides and fertilizers. The industry has the potential to become far more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly, given the prospects for greater automation. Learn about the operation and application of robots and related computer and control systems in the supply chain.
The Many Uses of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is seemingly in the news every day. This session features a recognized industry expert who shares the basic science behind nanotech and how it is currently being used to drive industries worldwide. Specific potential uses of nano can address industry needs around water purification, pathogen detection, sanitation and more functional packaging.
The Fight for Competitive Advantage in Omni-Channel Fulfillment
Consumer demand for free, same-day/next-day delivery of online purchases has retailers and suppliers racing to expand their multi-channel fulfillment capabilities. This can provide significant advantages in managing inventory and reducing delivery times, but forces companies to face new operational challenges. Drawing on the latest research into multi-channel fulfillment and the expertise of retail fulfillment leaders, this session helps retailers and suppliers devise a multi-channel supply chain strategy for maximum competitive advantage.
The Farm in the Next Decade
The emergence of technologies that will change the landscape of the produce industry is both exciting and a source of anxiety for those struggling to identify opportunities to employ technology and improve their bottom line. We see technology being employed at the farm with new seed varieties, better ways to manage agronomic inputs and even drones that can serve as next generation data collection platforms to improve yields and enhance product safety. Technological advancements are and will continue to impact the supply chain providing the industry with tools to trace product movement, improve sanitation, better manage labor costs, reduce product shrink and market more effectively to consumers. But with change being the only constant, what does this mean for our industry in the near-term and the next decade? This session, featuring several key industry experts, provides a glimpse into the future of produce and why technology is important to the supply chain.
Moderator: Dr. Bob Whitaker
Panelist: Lance Donny
Panelist: Nathan Dorn
Panelist: Dennis Donahue
Panelist: Roger Royse