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BevTech Canada™ 2022 — Final Program

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Speaker Abstracts & Bios

Leanne Blommaert
Consumer Trends in Beverage Innovation

Leanne Blommaert

The pandemic has played a major role on the health, social and economic status of people around the world. With the current economic crisis, consumers are looking for beverages that deliver more than simple hydration. Beverage trends in the pandemic-era center around healthier, cleaner and more sustainable products. This presentation will outline some of these consumer trends that translate into innovation across the beverage industry.

Leanne leads the Product and Process Innovation group at NSF Canada where they perform activities such as food product and process development, validation and challenge studies, shelf life evaluation and package testing. Prior to joining NSF Canada, Leanne worked at Campbell Company of Canada as a Senior Research Scientist. Leanne has over 25 years' experience in the food industry with expertise in product development, project management and quality assurance. She has worked with a wide range of food products such as beverages, soups, sauces and entrees. Leanne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario.


Steve Koenig
NexPET

Steve Koenig

Steve will discuss how Husky Technologies has launched a new injection platform. NexPET is focused on reducing tooling capex costs in support of shorter and more frequent tooling change overs. He will also discuss a revolutionary new technology the Husky will be launching shortly for commercialization to further enhance the speed to market for lower capital costs and total production flexibility for multiple SKU's. And finally a new service module, Advantage + elite - "we call you" This service module is focused on delivering complete equipment efficiency. Commitment made, commitment delivered!!

Steve has over 30 years of experience with Husky focused on the injection molding PET beverage container market. He currently leads both the European an Americas business development teams. These teams are engaging directly with Brands to better understand the ever-changing consumer trends, coupled with voluntary and legislated sustainability initiatives and geopolitical influences. Utilizing technology innovation can address the changing market while continuing to have a profitable business.


Jil Carmichael
Package Development Speed to Market

Jil Carmichael

Jil will share her experiences around masterbatch and the packaging industry.

Jil Carmichael is currently the Packaging Industry Manager at Penn Color. She started her career at Carolina Color in Ohio as Colorlab Manager before joining Ampacet in 2002 as Technical Superintendent responsible for the Quality Control and Color lab. She later served as Color Technology Manager, and then Major Account Manager handling Brand Owner accounts. Jil completed her business degree at DeVry, and in 2021, joined the Penn Color team where she works closely with packaging converters and Brand Owners to drive solutions and provide superior service utilizing her technical and commercial experience.


Joyce Longfield
High Pressure Processing (HPP) Technology

Joyce Longfield

Having a Master's of Science in Molecular Biology, I began my consulting services in 2010 to food companies with the focus on how High Pressure Processing (HPP) of food and beverage products address' both the food safety desires and interests to retain the nutrient and organoleptic properties of the products. My expertise in HPP food safety involves knowing the regulatory requirements for each food and beverage category and how to validate the HPP process by meeting these requirements. This includes: 1) educating companies using HPP on the difference between HPP as a Critical Control Point (CCP) vs shelf-life extension in a HACCP plan; 2) the impact the HPP conditions in relation to the product composition has on specific targeted microorganisms; 3) The design of a challenge study to validate the efficacy of the HPP treatment; 4) Best practices for extending shelf-life (both microbially and sensory). Presently, I work with Good Foods Group, a RTE food and beverage producer applying HPP to 100% of the manufactured products. As well, I represent the Cold Pressure Council, Chair the High Acid Juice Task Force with the Institute of Food Safety and Health (IFSH) and recently been appointed to sit on the IFSH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) which is a diverse group of experts from industry and regulatory agencies to provide guidance and set strategic direction on technical topics related to producing safe and healthy food.


Cathy Smith
"Stage-Gating" for Product Launch

Cathy Smith

For over 13 years, Cathy has led the Commercialization project management team responsible for launching over 100 innovation and promotional programs annually. From "concept" to "finished product", Cathy's team are responsible for ensuring the successful launch of all initiatives by utilizing their vast internal and external resources and effective project management skills to collaborate, communicate, negotiate, inspire and manage risk.

Cathy began her career at Coca-Cola as a Customer Market Manager in 1998 and has progressed through a variety of marketing and operational roles to help better understand the needs of our consumers and customers. Additionally, Cathy spent 4 years as an executive member of Coca-Cola Canada's first Diversity Council followed by Co-President of Women's Linc, Coca-Cola's first women's network. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Cathy's marketing and advertising experience included employment with Canada's Wonderland, Black Photo Corp, Tourism Stratford and several promotional advertising agencies in Toronto and Halifax.

In her free time, Cathy continues to tackle items on her bucket list including getting in physical shape, becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, completing several 10k races, raising funds for Cancer Research and traveling — primarily Europe.


Gary Hughes
Building a Flexible Operation

Gary Hughes

With a lifelong passion for technology, engineering, Business development, Gary has a distinguished track record in commercializing new technology innovations. He is accomplished in leading engineering and marketing teams, in complex projects and product innovation to collaboratively overcome challenges to achieve commercial goals, on time. As CEO and Senior Executive of the extrusion equipment manufacturer Brampton Engineering (BE) 2013 to 2020, Gary led a management buyout and utilized his extensive management experience of engineering, technology commercialization, and sales & marketing to expand BE's product offerings with leading global packaging and medical film producers. Prior to BE, Gary enjoyed 12 years in executive leadership roles in Canada, Germany, and USA with Swiss Based Muller Martini, a global equipment and technology supplier to the print industry, where he contributed a leading role in the redesign of operations, marketing, sales, and aftermarket programs, as well as developing new strategies as the print industry restructured. His technology and marketing experience developed over 18 years with Husky Injection Molding, in engineering, operations, and sales. Gary led the development of Husky's Advance Manufacturing center and Systems Engineering group, and was Director of Marketing during the IPO implementation. Gary's management experience also includes COO of a Venture Capital Greenfield start-up, Montplas Inc., a Montreal packaging manufacturer of RPET content beverage bottles. Gary holds a Mechanical Engineering Diploma from Centennial College, and an M.B.A. degree from University of Toronto. With a strong appreciation for the need for continued skills development, Gary has contributed to many local University and college programs, supporting engineering for the future


Siva Sarathy
UV Treatment of Liquid Sugar

Siva Sarathy

Dr. Siva Sarathy received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has over 15 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment processes with the last 12 years as a Scientist with Trojan Technologies. He currently leads a team of Application Scientists and Engineers that provide specialized technical services, pre-sales and post-sales, for Aqaufine' and Trojan's customers.



A brief overview of BevTech Canada™

To enhance the promotion, development, and dissemination of knowledge relating to the art and science of beverage technology for the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Canada.

  • Provide networking and industry collaboration opportunities for members that are not able to attend the main BevTech annual meeting in the US.
  • Enable the international perspective and relevance of the society — the "I" in ISBT.
  • Focus on technical areas of the beverage industry that have the most relevance to Canada.