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