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April 9, 2019

WG’s Vic Smith, Dennis Donohue Lead AgTech Food Safety Event

Technology isn’t only about drones and robots. The fresh produce industry is experiencing a high-tech revolution in the area of food safety, as well. While food safety-related news continues to grab headlines, farmers have made significant strides in food safety process improvements over the years. Now, new cutting-edge tools are emerging to bolster those efforts.

Western Growers members are invited to a special event on May 7, where a panel of experts will explore what technology is available and how it can help, and how innovation and technology will be part of new food safety solutions and systems. All members receive a special 25% discount on the ticket price by using the discount code wga25.

Among the panelists are Vic Smith, president and CEO of JVSmith Companies and former WG chairman, and Anthony Zografos, founder and CEO of SafeTraces – a startup that creates edible markers that enable full traceability and authentication of the product, not just the packaging. They will be joined by Dennis Donohue, director of the WG Center for Innovation & Technology, who will guide the discussion as moderator. The event will also feature a keynote by Karen Burns, an audit partner with Sensiba San Filippo LLP, on identifying opportunities, challenges and trends in the food and beverage manufacturing and distribution sector.

This event is hosted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.


Food Safety in the Agricultural Industry

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center (17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA  95037)


*discount code wga25 will appear as soon as WG members enter the number of tickets

For questions, contact Dennis Donohue at [email protected] or (831) 594-4883.