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Friday Round-up (8/21/20): Food Industry Events Remaining Virtual

Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

The coronavirus crisis continues to pose new and continued challenges for individuals and industries. Wherever possible, organizations are opting for risk reduction and attempting to accommodate distanced pandemic life. As we approach the fall, it’s no wonder the food industry is continuing a trend that started in the Spring: the virtual conference. From the digital edition to the annual GS1 Connect conference, to newer events like Attricon put on by Attribytes. Elements of the virtual conference have been vehicles for industry engagement long before the COVID-19 health crisis. Webinars, on-demand videos and virtual meet-and-greets are not altogether new. However, food industry institutions are bundling these elements in new ways to fill the conference void—a void carries on into the latter half of 2020.

A few organizations have maintained a rich recurring schedule of industry content. Datassential has kept a close eye on shifting trends as part of their weekly series, which covers “the latest developments as our industry recovers from Covid-19 plus expert perspectives from the fields of psychology, data science, nutrition, and beyond.” Taking a slightly different approach, the Produce Marketing Association has opted for a weekly town hall series, covering a range of topics with vertical-specific breakouts to boot. Their next event on August 26th is dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion: Women in Leadership. PMA Chief Strategy and Membership Officer will also be joining FoodLogiQ for reCONNECT 2020 this year to discuss Supplier Transparency as Part of Branding.

Annual conferences are continuing to be re-imagined as virtual events this fall as well. The highly anticipated IFMA 2020 Presidents Conference is going digital this November, as was announced via email this week. To navigate changes in attendee calendars, work structures and the general lack of a fully captive audience, some conference are being protracted. The annual Food Safety Consortium Conference will take place over the course between September 3rd and December 17th in the form of weekly installments every Thursday. Finally, we would be remiss not to mention FoodLogiQ’s own upcoming virtual user group conference, reCONNECT 2020, extending into a week-long format of hybrid on-demand and live content, discussion and training material. This year’s event includes speakers from Whole Foods Market, Hain Celestial, Red Lobster, GS1 US, Dine Brands, IPC/Subway and more. If you’re interested in attending, we highly encourage you to request a pass today.


View FoodLogiQ's COVID-19 Food Industry Resource Center for industry-specific updates, resources and information on the coronavirus crisis. For supply chain traceability and risk mitigation guidance, see our general Resource Center.

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Posted by Anna Ploegh on Aug 21, 2020 6:44:25 PM

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