About the Show

Food Processing Expo 2022 will be held at the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Convention Center (formerly the Sacramento Convention Center)! The Expo attracts a wide variety of attendees, including CLFP member food processors, non-member processors, those with ideas for new food products, university personnel and students, food processing industry vendors, suppliers and more.

For a nominal fee - lower than many industry shows - the Expo offers food processors the opportunity to meet and re-establish connections with existing vendors, make new connections and learn about the latest products and services available to the food processing industry. Topical educational opportunities are offered at the Expo, including a pre-Expo workshop. In addition, multiple educational seminars will be held on the trade show floor along with several networking opportunities.

Following the 2019 Expo, one longtime participant said
"The Expo keeps getting better every year - this one was outstanding!"

 

Monday, February 14, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration Open
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibitor Move-In
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D 
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM 
Food Processing Facility Sanitation Workshop
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia Ballroom
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CLFP Board of Directors' Meeting
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Camellia Ballroom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CLFP Board and Exhibitor Reception
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia Ballroom
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration Open
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Kickoff Breakfast - Consumer Food Attitudes and Behaviors in a Post-COVID Marketplace: Data Insights from IFIC
Speaker: Joe Clayton, CEO, International Food Information Council
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia/Camellia Ballroom
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Trade Show Floor Open
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Challenges to Bringing Protein Alternative Products to Market
Food processors are rushing to bring an array of new protein alternative products to the market, including plant-based products and cell-cultured proteins. Consumer interest in these products is growing rapidly, but apprehension about some of these products remain. There are a number of number of unique labeling and regulatory considerations that must be addressed when developing these products and this session will be led by an expert in this emerging and exciting new segment of the food industry. 
Speaker: Natalie Rainer, Keller and Heckman LLP
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Preparing for a Cal OSHA Inspection
What does OSHA look for during an inspection of your facilities, and what are your potential risks? This session will cover the records that you will need to present to the inspector, your rights as an employer, and recommended do's and don'ts when preparing for and hosting an OSHA inspection. Our speaker is a former OSHA official who now works with the employers to help them with their compliance issues. 
Speaker: Bill Krycia, Zenith Insurance Services
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
 
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
NCIFT Luncheon - Reinventing Membrane Processing: How to Make New Product Categories While Saving Energy and Water
Speaker:Olgica Bakajin, Ph.D., Porifera
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia Ballroom
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Embracing a Culture of Food Safety

Food safety cannot end with audits and checklists-it needs to be a part of who you are as a member of the Food Industry! The food safety culture of a facility encompasses the attitudes, beliefs, practices and values that determine what is happening when no one is watching. Is food safety at the core of your company's beliefs?
Speaker: TBD
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
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SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
The Circular Economy and Food Packaging Recycling 

The California Legislature has been engaging on policy proposals relating to the creation of a circular economy that includes potentially onerous single use product packaging recycling. This session will explore these proposals and their implications to the food industry. 
Speaker: Adam Regele, California Chamber of Commerce
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Meeting New Groundwater Nitrate Limitations for Wastewater Land Application Operations
If your facility is located in the Central Valley and discharges wastewater to a land application site, or to a city that discharges to one, new nitrate regulations will directly impact your operations and permit costs. All dischargers are required to choose a compliance pathway and each option has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Our speaker has been helping food processors comply with discharge permit requirements for many years and will discuss how you can be proactive and comply with the new regulations in the most effective manner. 
Speaker: Rob Beggs, Brown and Caldwell
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Happy Hour on Trade Show Floor
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Halls C-D, CLFP Lounge, TBD
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CLFP Supplier Host Council Reception & Silent Auction
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia/Camellia Ballrooms
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Registration Open
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Trade Show Floor Open
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Robotics and Automation in the Food Industry
The rising cost of labor, COVID-19 regulations and market price competition have accelerated the need for processors to automate their operations. However, automation technology and robotics are expensive to implement, maintain, and integrate into your operations. Researchers at UC Merced are working closely with farmers and food processors to develop, test and implement a wide range of game-changing new technologies. Our speaker will discuss the research initiatives and how you can collaborate with the university to successfully integrate automation into your operations. 
Speaker: Josh Viers, UC Merced
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
From "Food Sorters" to "Intelligence Centers" - Examples of How Data Helps You to Save Costs and Unlock Opportunities 
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Speaker: Diarmuid Meagher, Tomra Sorting Inc. 
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBD
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Speaker: TBD
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, J St. Lobby, Halls C-D, Educational Pavilion 
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