Detailed Agenda

Please note that the official language of the conference is English.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | Registration
4:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Open
Registered attendees pick up nametag & program [Coastal Room]
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | First Day of Sessions
7:30am - 5:00pm Registration Open [Coastal Room]
7:30am - 8:25am Light Morning Refreshments [Island Ballroom]
Sponsored by:
Vincent Corporation
General Session [Beach/Gulf/Palm Rooms]
8:30am - 9:00am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
- Renée Goodrich Schneider, UF/IFAS FSHN, Program Organizer
- Barry Wilson, Safe Chem, Inc., Program Chair
Session 1: The Global Citrus Industry
Moderator: Clarissa Albarran, Brown International, LLC
9:00am The Greek Citrus Industry
- Alexandros Christodoulou, Christodoulou Bros S.A.
9:40am Overview of the Citrus Production in Mexico
- Ricardo Martinez, Citrofrut
10:20am Coffee Break [Island Ballroom]
10:40am California Citrus Processing
- Sergio Lobo, Vita Pakt Citrus
11:20am Brazilian Citrus Overview
- Vinicius Trombin, Fundecitrus/ Markestrat
12:00pm Lunch Break (on your own)
Session 2: Worldwide Economics, Trade, and Marketing
Moderator: Jennifer Davis, dsm-firmenich
1:30pm World Citrus Organization – An Update
- Jose Antonio Garcia, AILIMPO - Lemon from Spain®
2:05pm Marketing the Lime Industry in Mexico
- Leo Espinosa, Rio Grande Juice Co./ Wonderful Citrus
2:40pm Coffee Break [Island Ballroom]
3:10pm Consumer Insights on Juice and Beverages
- Ed Koza, dsm-firmenich
3:45pm IFU's Overview: Unveiling Initiatives and Vital Facts Shaping the Fruit and Vegetable Juice Industry
- Tatiana Campos, IFU
4:20pm Global Alcohol Trends: Challenges and Opportunities for Citrus
- Zareena Valappil, ADM
4:55pm Announcements
5:00pm Session Concludes
6:00pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception [Poolside]
Sponsored by:
Advanced Logistics
Brown International
Chemical Systems
F.G.F. Trapani
Flavor Materials International
FlowTrans LLC
SA Veracruz
Separator Technology Solutions
Vicente Trapani S.A.
Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH
Thursday, September 21, 2023
7:30am - 5:00pm Registration Open [Coastal Room]
7:30am - 8:25am Light Morning Refreshments [Island Ballroom]
Sponsored by:
General Session [Beach/Gulf/Palm Rooms]
Session 3: Consumers, AI and New Business Models
Moderator: Keith Schneider, UF/IFAS FSHN
8:30am Innovation and ESG Developments - Evera by Citrosuco
- Alex Schuermans, Evera by Citrosuco
9:05am GMOs: Can We Get a Do-Over?
- Kevin Folta, UF/IFAS
9:40am The Talent Shortage and What is Next
-Gerry Hoeffner, Personal Dynamics, Inc.
10:15am Coffee Break [Island Ballroom]
10:45am Using AI and Mind Genomics as a “Daily Tool” to Understand the Consumer Mind and Generate Opportunities
- Howard Moskowitz, Mind Genomics Associates, Inc.
11:55am Lunch Break (on your own)
Session 4: Technical and Processing Solutions
Moderator: Elizabeth Webb, Peace River Citrus
1:30pm Advances and Comparisons of Sterilization Technologies
- Juan Martinez, JBT Corporation
2:05pm Helios Artficial Intelligence
- Dino Cardelli, The Procurement Framework Company LLC and Francisco Martin-Rayo, Helios Artifical Intelligence, Inc.
2:40pm Coffee Break [Island Ballroom]
3:10pm Modification of Pectin Structure and Improvement of Pectin Gelling Capacity by a Physical Pre-treatment of Fresh Orange Peel Prior to Pectin Extraction
- Wei Zhao, USDA-ARS
3:45pm Practical and Effective Strategies to Debitter the HLB-affected Citrus Fruits and Juices
- Liwei Gu, UF/IFAS
4:20pm Understanding the Orange Juice Supply and Consumer
- Lisa House, UF/IFAS and Marisa Zansler, FDOC
4:55pm Announcements
5:00pm Session Concludes
5:30pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception [Poolside]
Sponsored by:
AILIMPO- Lemon from Spain®
Citromax Group
Evera by Citrosuco
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF)
JBT Corporation
Friday, September 22, 2023
7:30am - 10:00am Registration Open [Coastal Room]
7:45am - 8:30am Morning Breakfast [Grand Ballroom]
Sponsored by:
Bell Chem
D.L.Newslow & Associates
Safe Chem Inc.
General Session [Beach/Gulf/Palm Rooms]
Session 5: Hot Topics in the Citrus Industry
Moderator: Anne Plotto, USDA-ARS
8:30am Pesticides in the Citrus Industry
- Elizabeth Berdis, dsm-firmenich
9:10am Symbionts™: The Prototype for Tomorrow's Plant Health, Growth and Characteristics
- Michelle Heck, USDA-ARS and Mark Trimmer, AgroSource, Inc.
9:45am Effect of Antibiotic Injections on Citrus Trees
- Ute Albrecht, UF/IFAS
10:20am Update on Genetic Engineering Citrus Field Trials
- Matt Mattia, USDA-ARS
10:55am An Overview of Citrus Research
- Rick Dantzler, CRDF
11:30am Conference Concludes
September 19-22, 2023
Clearwater Beach, FL