Never before have food and beverage processors been faced with such disruption. New products, new distribution channels, segmented consumers and a changing regulatory environment all work to disrupt today’s processor today and tomorrow.
Those companies faced with outdated technology, manual work-arounds, siloed solutions and other legacy systems will be hard pressed to compete and succeed.
Join Food Processing Magazine editor Dave Fusaro, as well as technical experts Mike Edgett, Infor; and Richard Sides, Ultra Consultants, as they talk about the issues that the food and beverage industry should be on the watch for in 2018.
Dave Fusaro has been editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. He has 25 years in food journalism and has been a journalist for 40 years. He’s won awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, as well as writing awards from his time on newspapers. He has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. He has a BA in journalism from Marquette University. He lives in suburban Chicago.
Mike Edgett, Infor
Industry & Solution Strategy Director
Food & Beverage, Chemical, Life Sciences
Mike is responsible for Infor’s positioning and strategic direction in the Food, Beverage, Chemicals and Life Sciences markets across the suite of solutions that Infor provides to these process manufacturing industries.
Richard Sides, Ultra Consultants
Partner, Chief Operating Officer
Richard Sides has more than 20 years technology-related operational experience assisting manufacturing and distribution organizations by improving their business processes and supporting information systems.
Richard’s experience includes operational responsibilities, management consulting, ERP system implementation, and serving in a variety of senior executive management roles. Richard’s background includes significant experience in food/beverage, process and discrete manufacturing as well as logistics, distribution and supply chain management. Richard started his career with Kraft Foods and was part of the pioneering efforts to introduce integrated supervisory and process control systems to Kraft’s production lines. He finished his career with Kraft by serving as the systems lead on the pilot implementation of Kraft’s Marcam Prism ERP rollout.