SUNDAY, MARCH 9
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Event — Meat2Meet
One-on-one sessions between retailers and suppliers
Luke LaPerriere, VP, meat/casement sales and procurement, Harris Teeter; and Jim Schloss, corporate VP, marketing and sales, Smithfield Foods
General Session — The Secrets of Unshakable Customer Loyalty
Rick Barrera, president, Overpromise Inc.
The Secrets of Unshakable Customer Loyalty: Business Trends
Rick Barrera facilitates a discussion on business trends in the meat and retail industries
MONDAY, MARCH 10
General Session — The Power of Meat
Anne-Marie Roerink, director of research,Food Marketing Institute
Energy, Economics and Impact
Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics
Animal Welfare and Activism
Phillip Lobo, communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance; and Janet Riley, senior VP of public affairs, American Meat Institute
Grilling: It's not Just for Summer Anymore
Retailers meet with suppliers on the newest technology to facilitate meat market operations
Regulatory Compliance Workshop: COOL and Other Issues
Mark Dopp, senior VP, regulatory affairs, American Meat Institute; and Deborah White, senior VP and chief legal officer, Food Marketing Institute
John Thorne, partner, C&M Capitolink
Electronic Marketing at the Meat Case
Frank Beurskens, CEO, ShoptoCook; Chaz Fritz, CEO, NeoMedia Technologies; and Brad Long, director of sales, Yotta Mark
Kids These Days: Recruiting and Retaining Service-Oriented Associates
Andrea Fredrickson, VP of operations, American Institute of Management
Health, Wellness & the Meat Department: Turning a Negative Rap Into a Good Wrap!
Mary K. Young, executive director, nutrition, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Meat Case Dynamics: Turning Information Into Sales
Michael Uetz, principal, Midan Marketing; Randy Irion, director of retail marketing, National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Jerry Kelly, national coordinator, RTE, Cryovac Division of Sealed Air Corp.; Jarrod Sutton, director of retail marketing, National Pork Board
Product Tasting Reception
TUESDAY, MARCH 11
Stealing Meals Back From Food Service Providers
Nancy Kruse, president, The Kruse Co.
Meat Case Dynamics: Turning Information Into Sales (repeat of Monday's session)
Industry Update Session
Part 1: E. coli Surveillance and Prevention, Randy Huffman, VP of scientific affairs, AMI Foundation
Part 2: U.S. Ethanol Policy and Its Impact on the Meat and Poultry Industry, Thomas E. Elam, principal, Farm Economics
9:45-10:45 and 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Bringing It Home: Idea Exchange
Attendees discuss industry issues in this open-format session moderated by Michael Sansolo, founder, Sansolo Solutions