Convention delegates profit from a Golden Sales Opportunity at AFFI's 2004 Western Frozen Food Convention.In keeping with its theme, "Next Stop Frozens ... A Golden Sales Opportunity," frozen food industry delegates from companies located around the globe gathered at the AFFI Western Frozen Food Convention to network, conduct business, and develop new industry contacts.
The 2004 Western Frozen Food Convention was held March 6-10 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Square in San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden , CA.
In addition to ample time for business meetings, the Convention featured four highly informative educational sessions which presented delegates the opportunity to learn about issues important to the future of the industry.
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Robert Burns Woodward, Robert Woodward, Woodward , assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, spoke to delegates at the Convention's Opening Breakfast with an insider's perspective on the current political climate in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Woodward offered insights on the impact in Washington, D.C., of September 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq. In addition, he discussed the importance of this year's presidential and congressional elections, and addressed several public policy issues of interest to frozen food executives. With 2004 being a crucial election year, Woodward's thorough analysis of the latest trends and predictions about the political future proved truly engaging.
"This year's successful Convention can be attributed to the high energy of the event's delegates, the tremendous amount of business conducted by the delegates, as well the quality of speakers and educational sessions. The Western Frozen Food Convention continues to be the premiere event for the industry's leaders to gather together to conduct business and grow the category," said Leslie G. Sarasin, AFFI's president and chief executive officer.
Enhancing and developing business is always the highlight of the Western Frozen Food Convention, and this year was no different. The educational session "Industry-Wide Data Synchronization Keeping data in two or more computers up-to-date so that each repository contains the identical information. Data in handheld devices and laptops often require synchronization with the data in a desktop machine or server. " featured speaker Omar Hijazi Omar Hijazi is the CEO of the Dubai-based Tejari.com, the fast-growing e-commerce network that has succeeded in becoming the number-one hub of online trade for businesses and individuals in the UAE, the region and across emerging markets all over the world. , a principal in A.T. Kearney's Strategic Information Technology Practice. Hijazi spoke to delegates about their uncertainty on how to begin implementing data synchronization technology, and highlighted that successful implementation makes possible collaboration in transaction management, supply chain management, sales and promotion planning and product development.
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AFFI also conducted a Country of Origin Labeling Update, which provided Convention delegates with the latest information regarding the implementation of the country of origin labeling laws mandated by the 2002 Farm Bill. Gary Kushner, partner, Hogan & Hartson, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control , and Mike Gill, AFFI's vice president of legislative affairs, briefed delegates on developments in Congress and with regulatory agencies regarding this controversial topic.
In addition to the Opening Breakfast and the two roundtable discussions, AFFI also held a "Hot Topics" session designed to address a topic which is top-of-mind with frozen food companies and representatives at the time. "The 'Obesity Issue': Tilting the Scales of Sales," examined the current focus on health and fitness and how it may affect the entire food industry. Jim Gawley, vice president of business development for The Food Institute, Chris Krese, AFFI's senior vice president of industry affairs, and Michelle Lapinski, senior manager and lead member of the food and agriculture team, Business for Social Responsibility, addressed the issue from three perspectives: an analysis of sales, with an emphasis on the "low-carb" trend; a review of research and development trends related to nutrition; and a look at how principles of corporate responsibility can help guide companies' actions in addressing current trends.
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AFFI Elects New Officers, Directors at Annual Meeting
AFFI elected new officers and members of its Board of Directors at its 63rd Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, California, during the Western Frozen Food Convention.
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AFFI also elected the following new members to its 24-member Board of Directors to serve three-year terms:
* Bryan Badger, vice president of marketing, Nestle USA, Inc., Solon, Ohio;
* John Buckles, vice president sales, natural and frozen foods, Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Michigan “Battle Creek” redirects here. For other uses, see Battle Creek (disambiguation).
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* Greg Costley, chief executive officer, J.R. Wood, Inc., Atwater, California;
* Greg Flack, senior vice president and general manager, The Schwan Food Co., Marshall, Minnesota;
* Chris J. Krumrey, senior director, quality assurance, ConAgra Foods Retail Products Co., Frozen Foods Group;
* James E. Matthews, Jr., vice president, research and quality products, Heinz North America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and
* John Signorino, president and chief executive officer, Ruiz Food Products, Inc., Dinuba, California.
In addition to its four officers, AFFI also appointed the following board members to at-large positions on its Executive Committee for one-year terms:
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* Richard H. Grader, president and chief executive officer, National Frozen Foods Corporation, Seattle, Washington; and
* James E. Matthews, Jr., vice president, research and quality products, H.J. Heinz Co., Heinz North America, Consumer Products Division, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
AFFI's 21st Annual Distribution and Logistics Conference to Focus on "Driving Technology, Merging Opportunities"
AFFI's 21st Annual Distribution and Logistics Conference, "Driving Technology, Merging Opportunities," will be held June 13-15, 2004, at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California “San Diego” redirects here. For other uses, see San Diego (disambiguation).
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The theme of this year's Conference is data synchronization and new technologies in the supply chain. Computers and the internet allow food processors to gather vast amounts of information automatically. How processors share and communicate this information with their suppliers and customers is the primary component which enables the industry to work together to ensure that costs are continually evaluated and efficiencies derived from this information.
"The business case for global data synchronization is simple: data synchronization equals dollar savings. The 2004 Conference will explore this and other advancing technologies in the supply chain. Twenty-first century business models rely on just-in-time delivery, as well as on the information that makes it possible," said Leslie G. Sarasin, CAE (1) (Computer-Aided Engineering) Software that analyzes designs which have been created in the computer or that have been created elsewhere and entered into the computer. , AFFI's president and chief executive officer.
Dennis Marrison, senior vice president, Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC An abbreviation for the Uniform Commercial Code. ) and president EAN/UCC, will keynote this year's Conference. UCC, inc., is the industry leader on data management and technology, and will discuss its future in the food industry.
A long-time industry expert, John Leveneu, ConAgra Foods, Inc., will address challenges the warehouse industry faces in the 21st century during the "New Technology Efficiencies in Cold Chain Management" session. In addition, Omar Hijazi, principal, A.T. Kearny, Inc., will explain the global data synchronization model, and how it can enhance the productivity of frozen food companies. Sessions regarding the military supply chain, homeland security and foodservice/retailer relations also will be held during the three-day conference.
The separate primer on food trace-back is being held in response to AFFI member requests. Further information regarding the primer's program will be forthcoming.
The deadline to reserve a hotel room is May 19, 2004. For more information, contact Jenny Mitchell, AFFI's manager of conventions and meetings, at (703) 821-0770, or visit the "Events Section" of AFFI's website, at http://www.AFFI.com.
AFFI's 2003 Frozen Food Pack Statistics Book Now Available on http://www.AFFI.com
Frozen vegetable production rises four percent in 2003
AFFI recently published its annual Frozen Food Pack Statistics Book. The 2003 Frozen Food Pack Statistics Book is a compilation of authoritative production statistics, which provide information to AFFI member company representatives about the size and scope of the frozen food industry.
"Among the noteworthy findings of resource is a four percent growth in frozen vegetable production in 2003. AFFI prides itself on providing member companies with valuable resources, including annual production statistics for frozen fruits and vegetables. The "Pack Book" allows companies to ascertain their position in the over-all market," said Leslie G. Sarasin, CAE, president and chief executive officer of the American Frozen Food Institute American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is a trade association and lobbying group based in McLean, Virginia for manufacturers and distributors of frozen food. AFFI promotes frozen food to consumers and other groups, and organizes conventions for its members. .
The statistics are strictly historical and are compiled from reports received from individual processors and other sources as noted. The data presented represent the commercial pack and do not include the production in frozen food locker plants, or other non-commercial facilities.
The format and techniques used in the compilation of this report were developed under the direction of AFFI's Statistics Committee. The Statistics Committee is comprised of executives in frozen food processing companies. They meet annually to review and revise AFFI's statistical programs and recommend policy to AFFI's board of directors.
The 2003 Frozen Food Pack Statistics Book is available to AFFI members on the Member's Only section of AFFI's website, http://www.AFFI.com. Non-members interested in obtaining a copy of the 2003 Frozen Food Pack Statistics Book, are invited to contact Evan Kettig, AFFI's financial specialist, at (703) 821-0770 or by email at ekettig@AFFI.com.
Texas Mexico Frozen Food Council Announces Launch of Website
In an effort to communicate more effectively and to provide more up-to-date information to its member companies, consumers, and the media, the Texas Mexico Frozen Food Council (TMFFC), which is managed by AFFI, announced the launch of its website: http://www.AFFI.com/texmex/index.asp
Gordon Redgate, President of Commodity Management Services, and current President of the TMFFC Board of Directors, stated, "This web-based resource will allow the public to access information on research initiatives undertaken by the Council, a TMFFC member company directory, as well as up-to-date information regarding the Council's annual conference and Frozen Food Fiesta."
The Texas-Mexico Frozen Food Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of the food industries in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Membership includes companies and individuals representing many food processors, food services food services Hospital services A 24/7 department in a hospital that provides for the nutritional needs of inpatients–eg, those needing special diets, preparing meals and transporting them to the floor and, through the cafeteria, the hospital staff and , food distribution, marketing organizations, and logistics experts. The council has been very active in supporting the increased flow of frozen food products throughout North America. In addition, the Council has teamed with the national growers associations in sponsoring research projects that will enhance the quality of food products being manufactured in North America.
In addition, the TMFFC website will contain promotional materials for the 19th Annual Frozen Food Fiesta, scheduled to be held May 13-15, 2004, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The theme of this year's event is "Moving Forward, Preserving Excellence." Speakers include: the Honorable Fernando Canales, Secretary of Commerce, Republic of Mexico; the Honorable A. Ellen Terpstra, Administrator, Foreign Agriculture Service, United States Department of Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
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In addition, this year's conference will include a "working lunch" panel discussion consisting of experts from the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada.
TMFFC's new web site will be a component of AFFI's website, http://www.AFFI.com