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March 31–April 3, 2019

New Orleans

The annual Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) continues to be the premier environmental event for the food and beverage industry, bringing together environmental professionals from food and beverage companies to share their experiences with sustainable practices, environmental compliance and new technologies and approaches.

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Ideas & Networking

The goal of the conference is to get industry, academia, non-government organizations and suppliers together in a casual atmosphere that allows for the free flow of information, ideas and networking. Appealing features of the conference includes a single program of sessions, joining in meals together, poster sessions, social hours, networking and information exchange.

Engaging Education

The conference encourages frank and engaging discussions about environmental challenges specific to the food and beverage industry. Real experiences, best practices, and lessons learned are shared to drive improvement across the industry. The conference provides education through technical content and provides Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits for its sessions.

No Ties or Sales Pitches

Processors value the conference as a setting for genuine engagement given that presentations are not published and attended by their industry colleagues only. This conference is not a trade show, does not promote sales pitches, and there are no published proceedings of the conference. Use of social media is encouraged with no videos and limited use of photos. All in a casual no-neckties environment.

Call for Presentations and Posters

The Planning Committee for FBEC annually accepts submissions for presentations and posters for the upcoming conference. There are no published conference proceedings and no sales pitches so that the presentations, posters and subsequent discussions can be more candid and enlightening. Presentations are delivered in a general session format to allow the greatest participation possible. Posters receive maximum interaction and exposure during scheduled networking sessions. With the above in mind, we are pleased to issue this Call for Presentations & Posters. The list of this year’s session topics is included in the Call for Presentations and Posters form. All presentations should focus on actual case examples from the food and beverage industry. We encourage examples of successes, failures, and lessons learned.

To ensure proper and timely consideration, interested parties must complete the attached Presentation Proposal Form and/or Poster Proposal Form and return it to the Conference Chair, Michael Boese, by November 2, 2018. Accepted posters and papers will be notified December 7, 2018. Additional applications will be considered after those dates, subject to availability.

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Who Should Attend?

FBEC is the premier and most comprehensive environmental event for the food and beverage industry in the United States. This event discovers the latest trends and innovations affecting water reuse, supply chain challenges, air quality and many more, all while priding itself on a platform that promotes networking and like-minded individuals within the industry. If you are involved in any business related to the food and beverage industry this event is for you! You should attend if you are a craft brewery or distillery, pet food maker, grocery store or are involved in nutrition, farming, food and beverage processing, transportation, distribution, preparation, supply chain management, EHS, sustainability and wastewater solutions.  

Topics Will Include

  • Energy Sourcing & Management
  • Air quality
  • Regulatory Updates
  • Compliance Horror Stories
  • Environmental Management
  • Supply Chain & Sustainable Agriculture
  • Business Continuity & Risk Management
  • Food Waste
  • Hazardous & Regulated Waste
  • Process Optimization and Efficiencies Cost Reduction
  • Storm Water
  • Wastewater

And includes ad-hoc sessions exploring topics like Air 101, Wastewater 101, EHS Recruitment, Development and Retention, and teaching you the tools you need to sell your CAPEX planning projects to the CFO.

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

ChemTreat | Turquoise
Dutchland, Inc. | Turquoise
Foth | Aquamarine
Campbell’s | In-Kind – Registration Snacks
HDR | In-Kind Golf Lunch
Dontech Industries | In-Kind – Drinks & Desserts
PepsiCo | Diamond
Tetra Tech | Emerald
World Water Works | Emerald
CDM Smith | Ruby
Geosyntec Consultants | Ruby
Hach | Ruby
KLA Systems | Ruby
Nalco | Ruby
SUEZ | Ruby
Brown & Caldwell | Amethyst
Bimbo Bakeries USA | Topaz
BSI | Topaz
Carollo Engineers | Topaz
HDR | Topaz
Food Northwest | Topaz
POWER Engineers | Topaz
ISC Water Solutions | Topaz
Simplot | Topaz
Stoel Rives LLP | Topaz
Woodard & Curran | Topaz
Basic American Foods | Aquamarine
Bolton & Menk | Aquamarine
Coal Creek Environmental | Aquamarine
Environmental Standards | Aquamarine
Reid Engineering | Aquamarine
Evoqua Water Technologies | Aquamarine
T-O Engineers | Aquamarine
Baswood | Turquoise
Building Crafts, Inc. | Turquoise
Cascade Earth Sciences | Turquoise
HR Green | Turquoise
Hydro International | Turquoise
OBG | Turquoise


See the Full Schedule Key: Networking Event | Education

Saturday March 30, 2019

8:00 pm Haunted Historic New Orleans Tour

Sunday March 31, 2019

7:00 am Fishing
7:45 am FBEC Golf Outing
9:00 am Explore New Orleans WWII Museum
5:00 pm First Timers Reception
5:30 pm Welcome Reception
8:00 pm Hospitality Suite

Monday April 1, 2019

8:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:45 am Session 1: Energy Sourcing & Management
11:00 am Session 2: Air Quality
12:15 pm Lunch / Session 3: Regulatory Updates & Hot Topics
1:45 pm Ad-hoc Session: Air 101
1:45 pm Ad-hoc Session: EHS Recruitment / Development / Retention
4:45 pm Poster Sessions and Social Hour
6:00 pm Dinner and Session 4: Enforcement & Compliance Case Studies
8:00 pm Poster Sessions and Social Hour

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

8:00 am Session 5: Environmental Management: Using Technology for Environmental Execution & Strategy
8:45 am Session 6: Supply Chain & Sustainable Agriculture
10:00 am Session 7: Resource Supply Business Continuity & Risk Management
11:00 am Ad-hoc: Wastewater 101
11:00 am Ad-hoc: Planning & Selling CAPEX Projects
1:00 pm Technical Tour at Abita Brewery
1:00 pm Networking and Business Time
1:00 pm Community Event at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

9:00 am Session 9: Hazardous & Regulated Waste
10:15 am Session 10: Process Optimization / Efficiencies Cost Reduction
11:15 am Session 11: Storm Water
1:15 pm FBEC 2020 Preview
1:30 pm Session 12a: Wastewater – Large Facility
1:30 pm Session 12b: Wastewater – Small Facility
3:00 pm FBEC 2020 Planning
4:30 pm Poster Sessions and Social Hour
6:00 pm FBEC Closing Event

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Welcome to New Orleans!

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. We’re excited to host FBEC in New Orleans, one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations. Check out the Visit New Orleans website to see all New Orleans has to offer. There is no shortage of activities, museums and restaurants to discover.

Hotel Information

The Marriott / Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is conveniently located right on the edge of the vibrant French Quarter. This historic hotel is the perfect place to experience the vitality of New Orleans, while also providing a refined urban retreat. Located on Canal street, this hotel is 16 miles away from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Ground transportation is available from MSY and is approximately 25 minutes away from The Marriott / Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

Single/Double Occupancy: $229, plus tax

Group Name: Food and Beverage Environment Conference
Group Dates: March 30, 2019 – April 5, 2019
The FBEC housing rate expires on Friday, March 8, 2019. Reservations received after this date will be accepted based on availability. Group name to be used when you make your reservations, either online or through Ritz-Carlton Central Reservations at 1 (800) 826-8987. Trying to use the Group Name to book stays outside of the blocked dates will not work. If you would like to stay on dates outside of the block, it will be determined on an availability basis.

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