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Business Fundamentals Track Schedule Announced for Worldwide Food Expo 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Effective project management techniques, product marketing and human resources management are just a few of the business fundamental educational sessions that will be available to the more than 20,000 participants at Worldwide Food Expo 2009. The event will take place October 28-31, 2009 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Scheduled sessions/short courses include:

Wednesday, October 28

Today's Regulatory Environment
Today's regulatory environment presents new challenges for companies. Learn the latest information on key regulatory issues that will affect your business.

Human Resources Management
New human resources challenges are developing that stand to impact food and beverage companies. Whether you are new to the industry or a CEO, this session will keep you up to date on the latest policies that impact your business.

Dairy products: Health and Wellness in a package
Learn the latest consumer insights and marketplace applications to support your brand and drive sales! Dairy products really do have it all and most of the time our products don’t get the credit they deserve. In a market where branding success means finding and translating the most effective consumer message, having a blue print to reframe dairy’s benefit is critical. Turn marketing challenges for dairy into branding opportunities for you.

Web 2.0--Transform Your Marketing, Empower Your Brand
These are just a few of the bewildering choices that confront today's marketers. Their customers exchanging information at lightening speed using technology that didn't exist five minutes ago. What do marketing professionals need to know about the technology explosion -- known as social media or Web 2.0 -- to make sure their brand remains competitive in this evolving environment?

Thursday, October 29

Sanitation Best Practices for Meat Industry
Understanding and implementing sanitation best practices for RTE process will help you to assure that your product is safe.

Sanitation Best Practices for Dairy Industry
Understanding and implementing sanitation best practices to assure that your product is safe.

Finance and Business Basics for Plant Operators
Improve your business acumen and learn finance basics in this session including concepts like cash flow, ROI, inventory control, and production costs.

Friday, October 30

The 4 Disciplines of Execution
The Four Disciplines of Execution provide the principles, skills and tools necessary to execute flawlessly again and again. This session will build the execution capability of individual team members. Participants will create their own goals and measures relevant to the organization's priorities and will develop skills to identify and execute critical work goals.

International Dairy Market
Interested in exporting dairy products around the world? Learn about the latest international trends, the state of international markets and updated on U.S. dairy exports.

Saturday, October 31

Business Resources for Small Business & Single Plant Operations
Discuss the BIG problems affecting your small business.

In addition, there will be a Business Resource Center at the IDFA Membership booth, which will be available to attendees who would like to meet with consultants and service providers from exhibitors' companies.

The show features two co-located events: the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) Food, Dairy & Beverage Exposition and the American Meat Institute (AMI) International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Exposition.

The Worldwide Food Expo attracts approximately 900 exhibitors, who display the newest technologies in equipment, packaging, ingredients and services for processors of dairy, meat, frozen food, beverages, snack foods, poultry and seafood. Food and beverage professionals attend Worldwide Food Expo to find solutions spanning the entire manufacturing process - from receiving and blending to processing and packaging to material handling and distribution. Attendees have the opportunity to view approximately 500,000 square feet of exhibits offering everything that food and beverage companies need to run more efficiently, create new products and improve profitability.

For more information on For more information about each session, including registration fees and daily agendas, please visit www.worldwidefood.com.

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The American Meat Institute (AMI) represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry. www.meatinstitute.org

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org.



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