Speakers 2019

Dan Bourgault, VP, Sales & Business Development at Replenium

I have over 20+ years experience in Sales, Sales Operations, Marketing, and Business Development. My career path has mainly focused within entertainment, CPG, restaurant, and retail (specialty and grocery) space for both e-commerce, in-store, and digital technology. I have worked for Kodak, Universal Studios, GE/NBC, Premier Retail Networks, Coupons.com, Instacart and currently with Replenium. In my roles I have been successful across multiple platforms including TV, theme parks, motion pictures, online, mobile and out of home media. Under my leadership I have helped develop category leading digital media products, and built several national sales and marketing teams to successfully drive exposure and revenue.

The Digital Evolution: The Giant Opportunity for Produce is to Embrace an Ecommerce - Bananas and Avocados are the top two most searched items. 90% of online grocery orders contain produce. There is a massive opportunity for the produce industry to significantly help their retail partners drive up basket size and customer retention, and drive up produce sales as well.   Apples, berries, lettuce should be weekly auto-replenishment items  just like yogurt, soda, and bread.  Is it possible for the produce industry to start influencing what goes into a customers basket?   This session will cover everything from marketing strategies, to challenges with online shopping platforms.


Clare Dyble, Strategic Business Development Manager at Redpack Packaging Machinery

Clare is a proven strategist and has a wealth of experience across a diverse cross section of businesses. Clare’s passion for agriculture and fresh produce was fostered when she copied Easton and Otley College, a leading agricultural and horticultural college based in the UK, as Director of Marketing and Enterprise. Keen to maintain a strong business focus, Clare gained an MBA in 2014 and graduated as top student. This enabled her to develop strong business consultancy skills and she has worked for companies such as IBM and Marsh McLennan in a consultancy capacity.  Having joined Redpack Packaging Machinery, Clare is now focused on ensuring that Redpack’s flow wrapping machines are not only of top quality, but are closely aligned to the needs of producers and where possible, solve their packaging problems.  Clare also has a passion for ensuring young people have the best chances in life as possible and is Chair of the board of the East Coast Health Care Foundation, a charity focused on providing employability and life skills to young people from deprived backgrounds.

Protecting your Profits in the Field - Focussing on streamlining packaging in the field, this presentation highlights how field operations can be made more efficient through increased automation. It will  also explore how packaging can play a key role in protecting produce in transit and extending  shelf life. 


Tom Karst, Editor-in-chief for The Packer at Farm Journal Media

Tom Karst, with the Packer since 1984, has been Editor-in-Chief of The Packer since July of 2018. Before his promotion to editor, Karst  served as National Editor covering key issues across the entire produce spectrum, creating the Fresh Talk blog, founding the popular LinkedIn “Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group” and speaking at many industry events.  Karst is also manager and founder of the LinkedIn Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group, which brings together 20,000 fresh produce professionals in a social media forum. Tom has also served as markets editor for The Packer and editor of Global Produce magazine, among other positions. Tom is also the main author of Fresh Talk, https://www.thepacker.com/news/fresh-talk  an industry blog that has been active since November 2006. Previous to coming to The Packer, Tom worked from 1982 to 1984 at Harris Electronic News, a farm videotext service based in Hutchinson, Kansas. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from Kansas State University, Manhattan. He can be reached at tkarst@farmjournal.com and 913-438-0769. Find Tom's Twitter account at www.twitter.com/tckarst. 

 Evolving global Trends in Produce Packaging - Looking at industry response to consumer resistance against plastic packaging. 


Anthony Rossi, VP, Global Business Development at TerraCycle

Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of difficult-to-recycle post-consumer and post-industrial waste. Across 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, generating millions of dollars of donations for schools and charities in the process. Many of the world’s largest consumer products companies contract with TerraCycle to collect and recycle the products and packaging they produce. Anthony has been with TerraCycle for over 5-years. Before leading the global business development team from TerraCycle’s HQ in New Jersey, Anthony was a member of TerraCycle Canada’s business development team in Toronto. Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development “stripes” working in Canada, France, Hungary, and Austria for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.

Ending Single Use - TerraCycle company, is a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one. In this presentation, we will identify how we transitioned into a single use society, how single use has created a massive waste problem, and how Loop is attempting to solve this problem together with their partners.


Cory Zavagno, Sr. Director of Planning and Procurement at Earthbound Farms

Cory Zavagno has over 14 years of experience working in the food processing and produce industry. He has a strong background in S&OP implementation, planning, procurement, compliance, transportation, manufacturing and contract negotiation.  Cory has supported several organizations throughout his career including Chiquita-Fresh Express, Blue Apron and most recently Earthbound Farm.  Cory’s specialties include: feasibility analysis, cost reduction and service improvement, capacity improvement, manufacturing, distribution and fulfillment solutions, alternative change service methodologies, IT integration.  Cory is currently the Sr. Director of Planning and Procurement at Earthbound Farm where he is heavily involved in process and cost improvement, and commercialization initiatives.

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Brian Zomorodi, Vice President Quality and Food Safety at Apio Inc.

Brian Zomorodi, a 34-year veteran of the Fresh-Cut Produce industry, joined Apio Inc., a leader in Fresh-cut Vegetables and salads in 2015 as their Vice President of Quality and Food Safety. Originally he started his career with Ready Pac in 1984. He developed and led their Research & Development, Quality Assurance and Food Safety Departments as Sr. Vice President for 31 years. Brian has been responsible for launching several successful Fresh-Cut product lines for the retail and food service industry and in developing many food safety & quality assurance systems. He has been actively involved in establishing standards and guidelines for Fresh-Cut produce and has many publications. Brian, who holds a MS degree in Food Science, is a recipient of many distinguished awards. He has actively served in a number of technical councils for trade organizations including PMA, UFPA and global food service companies such as McDonald’s and YUM! as a founding member.

Fresh-Cut Packaging Has Come a Long Way - The rapid growth of Fresh-cut industry and packaged produce in the US during the last few decades, has spawned a rich history of development of innovative technologies and packaging materials. The primary purpose of packaged produce has always been to extend the shelf life of Fresh-cut fruit and Vegetables. A delicate balance of respiration byproducts are achieved inside the package to maintain product freshness through Modified Atmosphere Packaging. Today the industry is equipped with very sophisticated films and packaging materials utilizing advance technologies to provide Fresh-cut products to the consumers in the market place.