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Bob Evans Farms leader to speak to Ohio food industry

Published: February 20, 2017 11:50 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio – A diverse list of speakers, including Bob Evans Farms (BEF) Foods president Mike Townsley, will highlight the agenda at the Ohio Food Industry Summit, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center.

The Ohio Food Industry Summit is full day where companies can discover new techniques, learn of innovative trends, and identify valuable resources that will strengthen one of Ohio’s already strong and vital industries.

Following the completion of the Bob Evans Restaurants sale transaction to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, Townsley will assume the role of president and chief executive officer of
Bob Evans.  The company will focus exclusively on realizing the full potential of its BEF Foods business.  BEF Foods is the national market share leader in refrigerated dinner side dishes, and is also the market share leader in sausage products in its core Midwest markets.

Additional speakers include:


• Steve Armstrong, EAS Consulting Group, and former chief food law counsel, Campbell Soup Company

• Kara Nielsen, trendologist, nationally recognized food and beverage trend authority

• Mark Tisdale, industry expert/publisher, Food Engineering magazine

• Bradley Rein, division director, National Institute of Food & Agriculture

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• Dr. Ken Lee, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Food Innovation Center, The Ohio State University

• Dr. Dennis Heldman, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

• Dr. Devin Peterson, Flavor Research and Education Center, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

• Yael Vodovotz, Ph.D., professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Food Innovation Center, The Ohio State University

• Christopher Simons, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Food Innovation Center, The Ohio State University

• Jon Geisler, president, Lean Manufacturing Solutions, LLC

• Lance Rodenfels, Rockwell Automation

Event sponsors AEP Ohio, Amish Wedding Foods, Avure, Bollin Label Systems, Clark State Community College, Cold Jet, Cooper Farms, EAGLE Certification Group, the jdi group, Lakeview Farms, Leader Engineering-Fabrication, Inc., Ohio Development Services Agency, and Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and Sandridge Food Corporation, will host representatives from food-related businesses, food manufacturers, academic partners, service providers, technicians, economic development leaders, industry-related organizations, political representatives, agricultural producers and more.

The Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is located at 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (just north of Columbus).  Discounts are available for groups of four or more.  Visit ciftinnovation.org to register and pay online.  Contact 419-535-6000, ext. 108 for more information.


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