AFFI Leadership Conference & Board of Directors Meeting

May 6 - 8
, 2018
Andaz Scottsdale Resort
6114 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
United States

This year, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) will launch the AFFI Leadership Conference. The 2018 conference is scheduled for May 6-8, 2018, at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort. The inaugural AFFI Leadership Conference is the outgrowth of AFFI’s Board of Directors Spring Meeting, which has featured a growing roster of speakers and guest presenters in recent years. At the suggestion of past attendees, AFFI is expanding this gathering beyond members of the board to include a broader segment of leaders within the frozen food and beverage industry.

While advancing food safety has been and remains AFFI’s top priority, this year’s Leadership Conference will also dive deeply into the third pillar of our strategic plan: boosting the performance of the frozen category. The agenda includes a combination of speakers, working sessions and consideration of AFFI initiatives aimed at supporting your business and others in the frozen category. 

In addition, attendees will also receive an update on AFFI’s work with the industry and supply chain, including retail partners, to address the threat of Listeria, share insights about this year’s political season, and preview new work to advocate for frozen and tell the story of our industry. 

Some exciting speakers are already confirmed who will lend their insights and point of view to our first AFFI Leadership Conference. These guests come with cutting-edge research, industry-leading expertise, and wisdom about the current marketplace and rapidly evolving landscape within which your business operates. 

We are excited to announce that on Monday, May 7, we will be joined by well-known political analyst and best-selling author, Ron Brownstein, who will share his views on the current political environment and the 2018 mid-term elections. Ron is the Editorial Director of National Journal and a Senior Political Analyst for CNN. Other featured speakers include:

·         Davey McHenry, The Hartman Group

·         Joe Centlivre, Label Insight

·         Sprouts Farmers Market (invited guest)

·         Elisa Vitalo, Edelman Intelligence

We hope this will become an annual opportunity for the current and future leaders of our industry to gather and collectively assess the challenges facing us, and identify how to move forward, sometimes cooperatively, and sometimes with solutions for you to apply within your own companies. This event is not just education or networking, but truly designed to be a venue for problem-solving and creating value that you can take back to implement with your teams.

A hotel block has been set up for AFFI Leadership Conference attendees at the Andaz Scottsdale. Click here to access it. Hotel reservations can be made once your registration is complete. The room rate for the Leadership Conference is $289 (inclusive of the resort fee). Reservations must be made by Friday, April 13, 2018, to guarantee availability at the conference rate. Requests for rooms after that date will be honored on a space-available basis. 

Don’t miss the AFFI Leadership Conference. There will not be a more select, better-programmed gathering of industry executives anywhere this year. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact AFFI Vice President of Conferences Brynn Hadley at bhadley@affi.com