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Attend the OFPA annual Convention and Exposition held each spring.
OFPA members and registered guests learn about new trends in the food industry
during technical sessions, workshops, and the exposition.
A lunch and afternoon reception allows members, attendees and exhibitors to network.

Save the Date

111th Annual
OFPA Convention and Exposition April 11-12, 2017

Holiday Inn Convention Center, Springdale, Arkansas

 

Additional convention information:
Convention Program 2016 (printable PDF)
Preregistration Form (online and printable PDF)
Golf Tournament Form (online and printable PDF)

Now Available! Pay for membership dues or convention activities with credit cards using the PayPal system.  A PayPal account is NOT required.  Click here to pay with a credit card.  If paying by credit card, please also complete the online preregistration form or golf tournament form. 

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Rebuilding OFPA for the FutureOverview of Convention Program 2016

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016 SCHEDULE
OFPA GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:00 am  Shadow Valley Country Club, Rogers, AR

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016 SCHEDULE

BUSINESS BREAKFAST
8:00 am Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

8:45 am to 12:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II

EXPOSITION
8:00 am to 6:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II

ALL INDUSTRY LUNCHEON
12:00 to 1:30 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II

WORKSHOPS
1:00 to 5:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II

ALL INDUSTRY RECEPTION
4:00 to 6:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II

Complete Convention Program 2016

REGISTRATION: APRIL 7-8, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm

Preregistration for the convention is $125/person.   Registration includes the breakfast, lunch, exposition, educational session, workshops and reception.  Registration packets can be picked up at the registration desk. Walk-in registration is $175/person. Preregistration deadline is March 25. After March 25, the registration fee is $175. Registration can be cancelled by written request to OFPA. No refunds after March 25, 2016. Substitutions are allowed. “No-shows” will not receive a refund.

NAME BADGES AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE CONVENTION.


LODGING
The Holiday Inn, 1500 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR, 72762, has reserved a block of rooms for our convention under Ozark Food Processors Association ($103/night). To receive convention rates, the hotel reservations should be made before March 6, 2016. Phone: 479-751-8300.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016 SCHEDULE

OFPA GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:00 am  Shadow Valley Country Club, Rogers, AR

The entry fee is $110/person ($440/team), and prizes are awarded in two flights determined by score.  Proceeds from the tournament support OFPA scholarships.  Hole sponsorships are available for $100/hole. 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016 SCHEDULE


BUSINESS BREAKFAST
8:00 am Hammons Hall I-II
Enjoy a hearty buffet-style breakfast. The annual business meeting includes brief reports from OFPA on current issues in the food industry. Scholarship recipients and poster competition winners will be announced. 

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

8:45 am to 12:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II
Moderated by Jason Hayward, Ball Corporation.
Attend educational sessions presented by invited speakers.

Welcome and Remarks
8:45 am
Speaker to be decided

Detecting Foodborne Outbreaks: Shoe-leather Epidemiology to Whole Genome Sequencing
8:45 am
Mansour Samadpour, President, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group

Exhibitor Flash Talks
10:00 am

Morning Break
10:10 am

Exhibitor Flash Talks
10:40 am

Update on Food Safety Modernization Act and Impact to the Industry
10:50 am
Patrick Pimental, Manager, Technical Services, NSF International

Exhibitor Flash Talks
11:50 am

EXPOSITION
8:00 am to 6:00 pm Hammons Hall I-III
Explore over 25 exhibits showcasing innovations in products, equipment and services for food processors. .

ALL INDUSTRY LUNCHEON
12:00 to 1:30 pm Hammons Hall I-III
Enjoy a lunch while attending the exposition. The lunch will feature OFPA member company products. Luncheon is sponsored by Sager Creek Vegetable Company, ConAgra Foods, Riceland Inc., Sargento Foods, Inc., and Tyson Foods. Tickets for lunch can be purchased with registration.

WORKSHOPS
1:00-5:00 pm Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Attend your choice of workshops on current topics in the food industry. Attendance at the workshops is included in the registration.

Raw Products and Crop Protection
1:00-5:00 pm Holiday Inn, Salons B&C
Moderated by Boyce Wofford, Sager Creek Vegetable Company.
Discussion on Integrated Pest Management and sustainable agriculture.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT WORKSHOPS 
Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-II
Moderated by Andrea Dunigan, ConAgra Foods
Documentation for continuing education credits will be provided.

The Write Way
1:30-2:30 pm
Hammons Hall I-II
Presented by Kristen Kastrup, Consultant
The Write Way is a workshop focusing on the basics of good business writing. As the Food Safety Modernization Act final rules go into effect, there is more emphasis on food safety documentation. We expect this to impact all areas of the business to include food safety, product development, sanitation, and operations.   So whether you write a little or a lot, your writing skills are more important than ever.  In this highly interactive workshop, we will hone our skills on writing clearly and concisely, understanding your audience, writing descriptively, email etiquette, and punctuation basics. The workshop incorporates several exercises to practice your writing skills and share examples.

Break
2:30-3:00 pm

Product Development for the Retail Perspective
3:00-4:00 pm Hammons Hall I-II
Presented by Michael Bunn, Senior Manager Private Brand Product Development, Sam's Club
Learn about developing the product for the retail market.

ALL INDUSTRY RECEPTION
4:00 to 6:00 pm Hammons Hall I-II
Join us for the Reception during the final hours of the exposition.  Appetizers will be served and a limited open bar will be available during the event.  

STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
4:30-5:30 pm Hammons Hall I-II
Posters will be presented by University of Arkansas students on topics related to the food industry. The posters may be viewed, and presenters will be present to respond to questions.

WIN GIFT CARDS!
Gift cards sponsored by OFPA member companies will be given away during the convention. To sponsor gift cards contact OFPA at (479) 575-4607.

2016 Gift Card Sponsors:  

ATC Scientific; Ball Corporation; Del Monte Foods; F & H Food Equipment Company; Pepper Source; H M Clause; Hygenia; JM Swank, Pak-Tec, Inc.; Jungbunzlauer, Inc.;  Merieux NutriSciences; Nestle Infant Nutrition; Perten Instruments, Inc.; Pure Line Seeds; Sargento Foods, Inc.; Tyson Foods, Inc. 


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