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Cold Chain Summit


NC Ports Cold Chain Summit – POSTPONED

COLD GATEWAYS EXPANSION – FARM TO TABLE & BEYOND


Due to the impact of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina Ports has decided to postpone the Cold Chain Summit 2018. NC Ports is currently working to reschedule the event for November and will announce the summit’s new date as details are finalized. North Carolina Ports appreciates your support and understanding as we work quickly to recover from Hurricane Florence.

Learn more about the event below.

Where: Wilmington Convention Center located at 515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Who Should Attend: Attendees will include farmers and other food producers, food manufacturers, fresh processors, wholesalers, distributors and retailers, and all parties throughout the supply chain who specialize in refrigerated transportation services from local to state to global needs.

Join NC Ports for the second annual Cold Chain Summit: Cold Gateways Expansion – Farm to Table & Beyond. We’re bringing together key industry leaders in historic Wilmington for a day-long program to discuss current markets, shipping patterns, consumer behavior and environmental impacts, among other vital cold chain topics. The summit will feature a keynote address from Nick Perkins and Felipe Espinosa of ACME Smoked Fish as well as three panel discussions.

At the 2018 Cold Chain Summit, you will have plenty of opportunities to network with peers serving the perishables industry. It is a one-stop-shop for education and business-to-business networking for the global cold chain industry.

Panel I: Grow It, Harvest It, Ship It

Moderator – Taylor Howerton, SunTrust

Panelists – Ceferino Estrada, KB Specialties LLC; Jose Hidalgo Suarez, Customized Brokers a Crowley Company; Butler Anderson, Lewis Nursery and Farms Inc.; and Dr. Laura Jeffers, USDA

Panel II: Homegrown North Carolina

Moderator – Rob Hosford, NC Department of Agriculture

Panelists – Cheryl Clark, Mountaire Farms Inc.; Jason Lloyd, Interra Int’l LLC; Jay Brickman, Crowley; and Jose Calderon, Farm Pak Products/Barnes Farming Corp.

Panel III: Movers and Shakers: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Moderator – Burak S. Ayata, Ph.D, Kuehne + Nagel

Panelists – Marcus Gurganos, Coastal Container Express; Donald Vinson, Refrigerated Transport Electronics; Tim O’Connell, Maersk Line; Josh Sigler, Ascent Global Logistics; and Todd Southerland, SunTrust

Program Schedule:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. NC Ports Overview and Future Plans with Brian Clark, NC Ports Chief Operating Officer

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – Noon Panel I: Grow It, Harvest It, Ship It

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Plated Lunch with Keynote Address featuring Nick Perkins and Felipe Espinosa of ACME Smoked Fish

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Panel II: Homegrown North Carolina

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Panel III: Movers and Shakers: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:15 – 6:00 p.m. Evening Reception sponsored by Marine Repair Services – Container Maintenance Corporation


Registration Information





Recommended Hotels

Hotel rooms are available at the Hotel Ballast Wilmington and Courtyard by Marriott located in historic downtown Wilmington. Be sure to call and ask for the NC Ports rate when making a reservation.

Parking During the Event

Complimentary parking will be provided by NC Ports at the Wilmington Convention Center Parking Deck. The entrance of the parking deck is near the corner of Nutt Street and Estell Lee Place, neighboring the Wilmington Convention Center. Validation will be provided at the registration desk.