The New Jersey Food & Beverage Summit

Featuring exhibits, information sessions, panel discussions and speakers focused on the changing landscape of economic and workforce development within the Garden State’s food industry.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9am – 3pm

The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Ave – Somerset, NJ 08873


9:00am – 10:00am

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 3:00pm

Exhibit Area Open – food, beverage and service companies and educational exhibits

10:00am – 10:30am

Welcome, Opening & Sponsor Remarks – official opening of the NJ Food & Beverage Summit
NJBIZ, Rutgers Food Innovation Center, NJ Labor Workforce Development

Ken Kiczales, Publisher, NJBIZ

Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Office of Research & Economic Development, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Associate Director, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station; Co-Founder, Rutgers Food Innovation Center

Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development

10:30am – 11:00am

Keynote Speaker

Ralph Jerome, Distinguished Mars Fellow

11:00am – 11:45am

Panel Discussion: Navigating the Challenges on the Path to Economic Growth

Moderator:  Alan Markowitz, Partner, Marcum LLP


Emma Aer, Partner at Veepit

Brad Finkel, President, Hoboken Farms

Stefanie Katzman,  President,  S. Katzman Produce

Jessica Gasser, Executive Vice President, of Strategic Services, Kings Food Markets

11:45am – 12:15pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Area

12:15pm – 1:00pm

Buffet Lunch

1:00pm -1:15pm

Award Recognition and Sponsor Remarks

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Panel Discussion: Innovation and Incubation: Investing in Trends Shaping Food

Moderator:  Linda Doherty, President, New Jersey Food Council

Panelists include:

Stacy A. Kimmel, Ph.D. Director of Global Research and Development Strategy, Campbell Soup Company

Chris Skyers, VP of Private Label, Wakefern Food Corp.

Dan Zuccari,  Sr. Director of Sales,  metro NY,  Advantage Solutions

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Panel Discussion: Educating the Future Workforce of New Jersey’s Food Industry

Moderator: Danielle DeFilippis, Member, Norris McLaughlin, PA

Panelists include:

David Kennedy, Director of Business Development, VAC-U-MAX

Dr. Dave Rapaport, Head of Technology and Innovation Management US Research & Collaboration Management, Siemens

Nolan Lewin , Director,  Rutgers Food Innovation Center,  Piscataway

Mark Macellaro, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director, Talent Development & Culture, LASSONDE | Lassonde Pappas and Company, Inc.

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Partners and Sponsors

The New Jersey Food and Beverage Summit is proudly brought to you by:


NJBIZ, the state’s definitive voice of business reaches over 100,000 decision makers across a multitude of media platforms including digital, events and print. NJBIZ, in our 31st year, continues to lead the charge in providing 24/7 business news coverage via NJBIZ.com and multiple daily e-newsletters. NJBIZ, where NJ businesses turn for NJ business news.

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC) is New Jersey’s statewide Food Business Incubation and International Soft Landings Program. The FIC and its network throughout the state provide a unique food industry resource, supporting domestic companies as well as international companies seeking to establish a presence in the US, through training, mentoring and shared-use manufacturing facilities. The Rutgers FIC is the leader of the Food Industry Talent Network, committed to ensuring that New Jersey’s workforce is prepared to meet the evolving and specialized needs of the agricultural, food and beverage industries in the Garden State.

The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development funds the Talent Network program, which targets each of New Jersey’s nine major industry clusters (Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Utilities, Financial Services, Food Industry, Health Care, Life Sciences, Retail Hospitality & Tourism, Technology, and Transportation Logistics & Distribution). Talent Networks are focused on creating employer-driven, high-quality partnerships connecting business, education, workforce development, industry, and community organizations to cooperatively develop shared solutions to meet industry demands.

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting?
Contact Damon Riccio at driccio@njbiz.com

For information on panel discussions or educational exhibits, contact Denise Bartone, Food Industry Talent Network:
denise.a.bartone@rutgers.edu or Damon Riccio at driccio@njbiz.com

Partners and Sponsors

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