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(2019 Science & Technology Series) Best Practices In Recall & Risk Management

  • 30 Apr 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Freeborn & Peters LLP, 311 Conference Conference Center (2nd Floor), 311 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606


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Join us for the first event in our 2019 Science & Technology Series - Best Practices in Recall & Risk Management.  Our panel of industry leaders will examine the many facets of dealing with and moving forward in a recall and look at the challenges of risk management - a timely topic which is back in the public spotlight with recent recalls at several large food manufacturers and extensive media coverage!

It's the scenario we all dread:  a product recall.  With FDA recall rates at notable highs it is important to ask, "Who do you need on your team and what do you need to manage a recall and crisis in today's world?"

Join us for coffee and and refreshments as a cross-functional panel of industry insiders, with multiple perspectives - legal, insurance/financial, crisis communications, and food safety/food science perspective - discusses and provides insights into the modern evolution of product recall. 

A discussion on best practices for food & beverage recalls using real life "ripped from the headlines" scenarios.  With continued conversation on the "ins and outs" of surviving and maintaining a healthy, growing brand by proactively preparing for the worst.

Introducing our Panelists:

John Shapiro, Partner; Freeborn & Peters

John Shapiro is a Partner in the Complex Litigation Practice Group of Freeborn & Peters LLP and is Leader of its Food Industry Team.  He also serves as counsel to public labor in Illinois concerning public pension issues.  As Leader of Freeborn’s Food Industry Team, John provides ongoing legal and business counseling to a variety of food and beverage clients.   In addition, John is General Counsel of award-winning Inspiration Corporation, a Chicago-based non-profit that helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and self-sufficiency through the provision of employment training and placement, housing, and other social services.  John also is a member of the Board of Directors of Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, an organization focused on creating a collaborative working environment for food and beverage manufacturers and using that platform to drive economic growth and workforce development in Chicago area communities in need.  John also serves as Chair of Freeborn’s Pro Bono Committee and as a member of the firm’s Professional Review and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.  John has been selected by his peers in a statewide evaluation as one of “Illinois’ Leading Lawyers” in Commercial Litigation and Federal Regulatory Law. John also is the recipient of the 2017 Leadership Excellence in the Law Award bestowed by the National Diversity Council and the Illinois Diversity Council.  

Brian Grant, Director of Food & Agribusiness, Risk Management; Cottingham & Butler

Brian Grant, Director of Food & Agribusiness at Cottingham & Butler, has been focusing on risk management consulting for commercial businesses for 13+ years and has built a niche focus in the food and agribusiness space.  Brian has worked with all size companies at all levels of the supply chain from ingredient importers and distributors to large candy and mustard companies. His expertise lies in understanding the inherent risks within the business and keeping a pulse on regulations that constantly change the risk landscape. Brian continues to further his knowledge with HACCP certifications and numerous risk and insurance designations.

Stacey Stevens, Consultant; Marketing & Communications Specialist

Stacey Stevens is a reputation management & risk communication expert who counsels clients facing business- and reputation-threatening events. For more than a decade, Stevens led issues management and crisis preparedness at Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), addressing challenges to the dairy industry spanning food safety, nutrition, transparency & traceability, environmental sustainability and farm animal care.  She also spearheaded an ongoing crisis planning & training initiative spanning domestic and multinational dairy marketers, dairy farmers, exporters, trade associations, academia and federal & state government, resulting in a model crisis preparedness program for the animal agriculture sector that has been adopted by other industries.  Stevens is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with high distinction, in 1994.

Stacey Popham, VP Quality & Food Safety; Barry Callebaut

Stacey Popham serves as the Vice President, Quality, Food Safety, and Regulatory, Americas for Barry Callebaut, the world's leading chocolate and cocoa company. She leads a 140-person team which develops and executes the Quality strategy for the region, which includes 16 company-owned plants in five countries.  Previously Stacey was Vice President, Quality Systems for TreeHouse Foods, where she shaped and implemented strategy and teams for all systems pertaining to Global Supplier and Co-manufacturer Quality; developed integrated company-wide Food Safety and Quality Policy, Consumer Affairs and led the Customer-facing Quality teams.  Prior to TreeHouse Foods, Stacey was the Head of Research and Development for the $4 Billion Beverage and Snacking Business Unit at Kraft Heinz. In this role, she was responsible for the innovation, renovation and cost management for iconic brands such as Capri-Sun, Kool Aid, Maxwell House and Planters.  Throughout her 20+ year, Stacey has developed cross-functional expertise in Engineering, Research and Development and Quality. Stacey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Networking events with The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network are an opportunity to access an inclusive network dedicated to bringing together all of the industry players of the greater Chicagoland area, and beyond, to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial business connections.  The event provides a great opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to mingle - forging new connections and circling back with contacts from other events, all while experiencing the power of the CFBN network!

A light breakfast and coffee/beverages will be provided.

Thank you to our site host and sponsor, a CFBN Food & Beverage Industry Provider member.

The Science & Technology series is presented in partnership with our Supporting Industry Partners:


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