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IMPI Fall Seminar 2021

Oct 19th, 2021

IMPI Fall Seminar 2021
October 19, 2021
10am-1:00pm EDT


10:00am-10:10am: Welcome & Introductions (John Gerling/Molly Poisant)
10:10am-10:50am: Consumer Trends & Behavior
Mr. Darren Seifer, Food & Beverage Industry Analyst, NPD Group
As the food and beverage industry analyst for The NPD Group, Darren Seifer provides insights to food companies and other food-related organizations based on NPD’s daily tracking of U.S. food and beverage consumption attitudes and behaviors. Darren continuously monitors what U.S. consumers eat and drink away from and in home — plus attitudes, motivations, personal characteristics, preparation, and food sourcing.
10:50am-11:30am: Alt-Meat’s Sophomore Slump
Ms. Lisa M. Keefe, Editor-in-Chief, Meatingplace, Alt-Meat
The alt-protein industry isn’t as brand-new as it was two years ago — and it’s not growing like 2019, either. Beyond the hype, what’s really happening in this segment of the market, and what does the future look like now?

11:30am-11:40am: Virtual Coffee Break
11:40am-12:20pm: Industrial Microwave Heating and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Exploration of Technologies, Strategic Opportunities and How to Get Started
Mr. Matt Krieger, President, Cober Electronics
An expansion of the talk given at the recent IMPI 55, this session will further delve into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the world of industrial microwave heating and food processing. IIoT refers to the set of Internet-connected industrial systems including sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLC), factory machines and other interconnected devices. The connectivity of these devices creates opportunities for real time data collection and analysis which can provide substantial positive business impacts including costs savings, increases in productivity and ultimately a higher quality end-product. This presentation will explore IIoT technologies in general, describe usage scenarios within the industrial microwave heating and process heating areas and explain resulting strategic business opportunities.
12:20pm-1:00pm: Solid State RF Energy – Technology News and Use
Dr. Klaus Werner, President, pinkRF & Chairman, IMPI Solid State RF Energy Section
The talk will present recent technology trends and features that enable “precision” applications – amongst which cooking of food. It will discuss a process to determine the best RF/microwave frequency and technology fit for a given application.
1:00pm: Closing Remarks (Gerling/Poisant)

$99 for IMPI Professional Members; $199 for Non-Members
$49 for IMPI Student Members; $99 for Non-Members
$349 Group Registration (Company-wide for IMPI Members Only)

UPDATE: Due to the pandemic, the IMPI Board has decided to wait until the Fall of 2022 to hold our Fall Seminar at the Protein Innovation Center (outside of Chicago, IL, USA). The Fall 2022 Seminar will be sponsored by the Middleby Corporation.