AFI Annual Convention

April 27-30, 2017
Naples Grande Beach Resort
Naples, Fla.

From new regulations to a new administration to new threats, things are happening every day that directly impact your business. Get information to help your firm navigate the changing landscape and have a say in how the food import industry responds to its many challenges.

Key Presentations

Real Solutions to FSMA Compliance Challenges

Jody Swaim, an associate with OFW Law, has been a lead instructor on the Food Safety Modernization Act to well more than 1,000 course attendees, including several representatives from AFI-member companies. Jody has seen what areas are giving people the most trouble and will summarize that for AFI Convention attendees. So bring your FSMA questions and get advice on how to ensure your company is ready to comply!

Jolyda O. Swaim, principal attorney, OFW Law

Capitalizing on Emerging Trends

How successful would your product be if you could predict the future? This presentation will take a peak at consumer behaviors, eating patterns and preferences as well as examine restaurant menu directions to interpret trends and make actionable market recommendations that can drive your business.

Dr. Sloan has written over 400 articles on consumer trends and food/nutrition marketing and served as trends/marketing columnist for Food Business, Food Engineering, Processed Prepared Foods and Food Product Development magazine. Earlier in her career she served as editor-in-chief of McCall’s magazine and director of the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Liz Sloan, Ph.D., Sloan Trends

Protecting Your Business Today

Now more than ever it’s important to review your best practices to ensure you are protecting your business from serious financial loss. This two-part presentation by The Coughlin Group will do just that.

Fraudulent Invoicing Coverage
This coverage involves covering someone from your company willingly disbursing funds to a fictitious vendor, not realizing that they have been duped. Don’t miss this presentation from industry experts who say this is one of the fastest growing claims they’ve seen and can be seen across business of all sizes. The presentation will cover what to watch out for, how to prevent it, and the how the insurance will react. CLICK HERE to learn about the coverage intentions.

Product Recall
What are the requirements to present your company in a preferred light when purchasing product recall insurance? What loss prevention tools are provided with a product recall policy? What is covered during a product recall? This enlightening presentation will answer address the many questions surrounding product recall and advise how getting recall insurance can help in various ways with FSMA.

Michael Coughlin
JJ Van Aman, Coughlin Insurance Services

A Different Perspective on Foreign Currency Hedging – How to Approach It and What Your Competitors Are Thinking

In these uncertain times, you won’t want to miss this presentation where industry leaders identify the strategies to have in place to mitigate the risks of currency fluctuations.

Andrew Howlett, Head of Sales and Marketing – North America
Stephen Casey, Senior Trader and FX Risk Management Specialist
Cambridge Global Payments

A Spirited Evening with Jean K. Reilly, Master of Wine

The convention concludes with a food and wine pairing dinner on Saturday evening led by Jean K. Reilley, MW, who has over 15 years of experience in the wine industry. Attendees will learn the back story of each of the extraordinary wines as well as gain an understanding of the principles of food and wine pairing.

Jean K. Reilly, Master of Wine

Tentative Schedule

For Pre-Conference FSVP training info, click here.

Thursday, April 27
2 p.m.-4 p.m. AFI Convention Registration
4 p.m.-6 p.m. AFI Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 p.m. Welcoming Reception - Sponsored by Orlando Food Sales, Inc.
Friday, April 28
8:15 a.m. Breakfast - Sponsored by Schreiber Foods Int'l, Inc.
9 a.m. Program begins:
Real Solutions to FSMA Compliance Challenges - Jolyda Swaim
11:30 a.m. Nut & Agricultural Products Section Meeting
1:30-3:30 p.m. AFI Cabanas Poolside - informal gathering with drinks & snacks
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception - Sponsored by Setton International Foods, Inc.
Saturday, April 29
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. AFI General Membership Meeting
9:45 a.m.

Program begins:
Capitalizing on Emerging Trends - Dr. Liz Sloan

Protecting Your Business Today - Michael Coughlin, JJ Van Aman

A Different Perspective on Foreign Currency Hedging - Andrew Howlett, Stephen Casey

10:45 a.m. Processed Foods Products Section Meeting
1 p.m. Golf Tournament (pre-registration and additional fee required) - lunch included
7 p.m. Reception
8 p.m.

Dinner & Wine Pairings: A Spirited Evening with Jean K. Reilley, Master of Wine
Sponsored by AMD Oil Sales LLC & Foa & Son


Convention Sponsors
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Breakfast Sponsors
Schreiber Foods Int'l., Inc.

Cocktail Reception Sponsors
Orlando Food Sales, Inc.
Setton International Foods, Inc.

Saturday Night Wine Pairing Sponsors
AMD Oil Sales LLC
Foa & Son

Travel Discounts/Details

Hotel: The Naples Grande Beach Resort is located on 23 waterfront acres along the Gulf Coast of Florida. This AAA Four Diamond beach property offers impeccable service and classic charm set against a soothing tropical backdrop. An abundance of activities await - multiple pools, three miles of beautiful, white-sand beach, trendy shopping, fine dining, an indoor-outdoor tranquil spa and challenging golf – to name a few.

The discounted room rate is $235 for single or double rooms. That rate is also available for those who wish to arrive a few days early or extend their stay. To make your reservation, click here. Members are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

Airfare: A travel discount has been negotiated with United Airlines. United offers discounts off published fares of 2 percent to 10 percent or zone fares. To save an additional 3 percent, book online at and enter your Offer Code ZXKR482620 in the Offer Code Box when searching for your flights. Booking online avoids the $25 service fee collected per ticket through United Meetings Reservations. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please refer to Z-Code ZXKR and Agreement Code 482620. Attendees from outside the United States may call their local travel agency or e-mail with your preferred itinerary, agreement code and meeting Z-Code. Please allow 24 hours for e-mail requests to be processed.

Car Rental: A discount has been arranged with Dollar. Call 1-800-800-4000 or visit and refer to Corporate Discount # CC1040.

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