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The American Logistics Association is proud to present its 1st Annual Food Service Expo and Conference at the prestigious Virginia State University, 20809 2nd Ave. Petersburg, VA 23803.

After the unprecedented challenges the food service industry has faced over the past year and half, we are excited to present over 40 exhibitors showcasing new and exciting products or interact with new innovative equipment and expert-led presentations and sessions unpacking new industry challenges and opportunities to industry leading products and solutions for growth, we invite you to find out what you need to navigate today’s new business realities.

2021 was a challenging year from several perspectives including supply chain, consumer choice, Federal policy, and marketplace challenges.  2022 will present even more challenges and opportunities.  Industry and defense experts will be converging on Petersburg Va. to discuss these challenges and more.   Attendees will include decision makers from the military headquarters and operational levels and a wide range of industry folks from across the food service spectrum.   The program will allow networking and discussion an emerging wide range of topics related to this marketplace.

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We’ll be covering all things food service at this meeting, including government services and agency procedures for product decisions.  Additionally, identifying the process to assess products which appeal to the 18-30-year-old customers on nutritional guidelines. Buyers’ Guide product specifications provide for product consideration/decisions meeting readiness and resilience of the Warfighter. Industry provides the Government with how the Supply Line functions, cause and effect of distribution, both to industry and producers, as well as how these products are delivered. The areas that affect these processes are raw ingredient availability, container availability, trucking, labor, and inflation driving costs higher, based on availability and demand.

The Food Expo provides the 1st Vendor demonstration of products, in person, in many years. These vendors are demonstrating new and innovative products based on the latest dining trends. New plant-based products, Omega-3 products and other industry innovations which appeal to the 18-30-year-old diner.

Please explore the agenda below and make plans to attend along with your foodservice counterparts. If military is an area of importance to them, they’ll want to be a part of the program that we’ve assembled for March 17, 2022, at Virginia State University in Petersburg (10 minutes from Ft. Lee). The issues and concerns that we will address are currently going unanswered, which is why ALA is stepping up to be the organization that will get answers.

COVID PROTOCOLS

Please be advised that VSU currently has an active mask mandate policy in effect.
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speakers include:

AGENDA

8:30am - 9:00am

Opening Remarks and Welcome by ALA President Steve Rossetti-Feeding the Force—A discussion of programs, policies, and politics shaping the direction of providing food to military personnel and their families. 

9:00am - 9:45am

Keynote Speaker — Andrew M. Sinclair, Port of Virginia (Norfolk) Director of Government Affairs. Mr. Sinclair will speak of the current supply-chain issues and how these issues impact the military business, particularly where the “rubber meets the road”.

9:45am - 10:00am

BREAK

10:00am - 10:45am

CHAMP/TRADOC -G4G/Recipes/Updates

10:45am - 11:30am

Service updates – Program updates and changes in programs

11:30am

Exhibits open
NOTE: 30-40 Booths

2:00pm

Exhibits close

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Sports Nutritionist- Carese Walczyk- University of Wisconsin (Green Bay)

Carese currently works as the campus Registered Dietitian with Aladdin Campus Dining at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She manages all food allergy and specialty diet needs of students on campus, provides nutritional counseling and education to students and campus athletics. She recently implemented a sports nutrition focused food program, incorporating the latest cuisine trends and plant-based proteins, for the various performance requirements for the athlete-students and their respective sports program.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Sodexo– (Curt Cornelssen) Customer Trends and Innovation

3:30pm - 4:15pm

DLA Forum –Services programs/F&R

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Closing remarks

The Following Agencies have committed to participating at
the March 17, 2022, Food Show.
we hope you can join!