AFI Association of Food Industries

AFI Serving the U.S. Food Import Sector

AFI Convention Presentations Available On-Demand

Couldn’t attend the recent AFI Convention? No worries. The content is available on-demand for the same fee that those participating virtually as it happened paid. Click on the link to the right for further information.


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There’s no clear path to one overall solution to today’s logistics issues but we’ll be attacking the problem from all sides with four experts offering their insight and advice.

Bill Rooney, vice president, strategic development, logistics and supply chain, Kuehne & Nagel

Jennifer Diaz, Esq., B.C.S., Board Certified International Attorney, Diaz Trade Law

Robert Barceló, senior manager, business development - Port Everglades

Robert Weist, VP North American Land Transportation, Crowley Logistics

“Conducting a Hazard Analysis for Your FSVP"

The FSVP regulation requires importers to conduct or review a hazard analysis for each of their foreign suppliers. Bob Savage, senior vice president, HACCP Consulting Group, will walk attendees through the process, including key advice on documentation.

“How to Use Strategic Thinking to Navigate Food Industry Trends For 2022 & Beyond”

Food industry players must understand the issues influencing consumer, food and flavor trends in order to successfully navigate them. Not only is the current environment changing rapidly but there are also two influences acting independently (COVID-19, inflation). There’s no single tool to predict what happens next. Highly recommended speaker Suzy Badaracco, president, Culinary Tides, will supply a bank of tools that will help the business operator deal with complex scenarios. Learn to generate actionable intelligence, better predict the opportunities and pathways for making imported food products successful in today’s marketplace.

"All Change: The Economy and Markets in a Time of Change"

If anyone can paint a picture of today’s economy, it’s Scott Clemons, partner, chief investment strategist, Brown Brothers Harriman. Back by popular demand, Clemons will share his thoughts on what lies ahead.

“Crisis Management: How to Survive a Catastrophic Event”

The impact of a crisis management event on your operations, bottom line, customer relationships and reputation can be staggering, immediate – and in some cases – irreversible. Joe Bermudez, partner, Stewart Smith, will offer solutions to survive or mitigate the damages caused by a crisis management event.

Chef Demonstration

Tree nuts and dried fruits are at the center of a food craze on healthfulness in both sweet and savory cooking. Chef John Noble Masi, faculty of Culinary/Industry Consulting, Florida International University, will feature member products as well as some offered by our overseas partners. See how the food industry is using them all differently… and then, enjoy!

International Focus: Quick look at key products available from Chile, India, Poland, Portugal and Ivory Coast.

Special Convention Feature: The Importers Resource Gallery Thursday, April 28 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Are you importing food? Be in the room for the best suppliers to the food import industry. Enjoy wine and cheese while you reconnect with industry colleagues during this reception conveniently taking place during registration, Thurs., April 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

AFI is committed to exposing food importing members to effective tools, recommended professional services and the newest foreign food products available. This informal gathering the night before the convention begins is the perfect way to learn what products are being used by fellow members and who to talk to about them while you are at convention.

Learn from the experts about the latest advancements in transportation, warehousing, technology and professional services for importers.

Representatives on-hand from seven different countries showing some product and offering samples of products available for import.

Featured Exhibitors:

Laufer Group International
Coughlin Insurance
Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association
McLane Global
Fisher Broyles
Certified Group
MJ Customs
Visco Software

Join Your Food Import Industry Colleagues at the Convention

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Association of Food Industries: Serving the U.S. Food Import Trade Since 1906
3301 Route 66, Ste. 205, Bldg. C • Neptune, NJ 07753
(732) 922-3008 • Fax: (732) 922-3590 • •