Sustainable Produce Summit 2022 Agenda

All sessions take place in the JW Pavilion. 

Thursday, June 2, 2022


11:00am - 1:00pm

Registration Open

Location: North Registration Counter

1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

Waste Not, Want Not: Advancements Toward Zero Food Waste - Zero food waste is no longer a pie in the sky ambition! A panel of experts discusses how fresh produce companies can drastically reduce - and even eliminate - food waste for a more sustainable future. Topics will include extending shelf life, improving the supply chain, boosting quality and freshness, and strategies to increase sales and consumption.

Moderator: Jennifer Strailey, Editor, The Packer

Aidan Mouat, CEO, Hazel Technologies
Luis Yepiz, Chief Procurement Officer, FarmLink Project
Amy Tranzillo, AgroFresh
Stephanie Morris, Sustainability Coordinator, Jimbo’s

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

Climate Smart Ag Initiatives

Moderator: David Frabotta, Trust in Food

Panelists: Robert Gibson, Global Portfolio Manager at Certis Biologicals
Patrick Haughton, Vice President of Brand and Business Development at AgBiome

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

Sustainable Packaging: Beyond the Box - Fresh produce packaging plays an outsized role in the quest for sustainability, delivering both challenges and opportunities to players throughout the supply chain. A panel of packaging professionals discuss the latest innovations available to companies that are prioritizing the "reduce, reuse, and recycle" movement.

Moderator: Jennifer Strailey, Editor, The Packer

Kevin Kelly, Emerald Packaging
M. Scott Howarth, PhD Director of Research and Development, Sinclair Systems International LLC
Tracy Gilmore, Schur Star Systems
Marco Bini, NEXXT Packaging
Stephanie Morris, Sustainability Coordinator, Jimbo’s

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm



3:30 pm - 4:10 pm

Sustainability Insights: Winning Marketing Messages - Advancements in sustainability are evolving and becoming more attainable all the time. But which of these new developments are making the biggest impact in the all-important area of consumer and customer marketing? Perception is indeed reality

Moderator: Amanda Keefer, Healthy Family Project

Dan Davis, Starr Ranch
Mark Masten, CEO, Joolies
Dana Brennan, Grimmway Farms

4:10 pm - 4:50 pm

Sustainable Agriculture: An INSIDE Look - As demand grows for sustainable fresh produce, greenhouse and vertical farming operations are answering the call and, as a result, experiencing rapid growth in the US and abroad. A panel of experts will talk about best practices, responsible farming, and the many contributions that indoor agriculture is making toward achieving sustainability.

Moderator: Chris Higgins, Hort Americas

Panelists:  Cristiane Lourenço, Global Vegetable Seeds Sustainability Lead, Bayer SA

Viraj Puri, CEO, Gotham Greens

Jeremy A. Pattison, PhD, DOTA Nursery Research & Agronomy Lead, Driscoll's

5:00pm - 6:00pm


Sponsored by Gallo Wine

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by LYTONE
& SPS Awards Presentation

SPS Awards Nomination Information

Neil Stern, CEO of Good Food Holdings

7:00 pm

Adjourn - Dinner on your own




Hotel Information

The hotel block at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has expired.


Overflow Hotel Information
We have setup a second room block at a nearby hotel as the JW Marriott (host hotel above) is sold out. Please see the link below to book at this discounted rate.

Courtyard Marriott Palm Desert
74895 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, California 92211

Discounted Room Rate:   $169 per night  (plus taxes)