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IFPA Shares Speaker Lineup For Upcoming Show

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The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has released the list of speakers for The Global Produce & Floral Show, which is set for Oct. 19-21 in Anaheim, California.  

“Our commitment to helping members respond to the consumer marketplace, adopt new technology and innovation and put people first is reflected in the global show’s CEO Panel,” said Patrick Vizzone, session moderator and managing director and head of agri-food and impact investment for Franklin Templeton, Global Private Equity.  

“No longer is a great product or service enough to ensure great business outcomes. We present these notable changemakers at the global show as part of the association’s year-round commitment to offering members the latest on these trends.”

Besides Vizzone, the global panel on Oct. 19 will feature: 

  • Andrea Albright, EVP of sourcing for Walmart, who will speak on retail and consumer trends. She credits her success to creating strategies with a customer-first mindset while building diverse teams that can execute those strategies. Albright has replaced a previously announced Walmart speaker.
  • Elliott Grant, CEO of Mineral, an Alphabet Company, who will address technological innovation in agriculture. He has more than 15 years of innovation and company-building in agriculture and food supply chains.  
  • Johnny C. Taylor, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, will talk talent trends including diversity, equity and inclusion insights. Taylor, who is frequently asked to testify before the U.S. Congress on workforce issues, has served as an adviser to a variety of organizations. 

IFPA members and global show attendees are highly tuned into the need for insights into consumer behavior, technology and innovation, and the best ways to support our most important assets, our people,” Vizzone said. 

“In addition to offering resources on these topics year-round, both online and at our events, I’m especially pleased the global show expo floor features the Innovation Hub, a one-stop shop for produce companies looking for solutions to their operational challenges.” 

Exhibitors in the hub offer solutions in robotics, sustainability, precision technologies, data intelligence and management (including software and info systems), food safety, labeling and packaging, transportation and traceability.

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