The NCSFA conferences are a must attend event for everyone interested in the specialty foods industry in North Carolina. It is your opportunity to learn from experts in their field, meet the leadership of the NC Specialty Foods Association and the NC Department of Agriculture, and network with your peers.
You’ll come away with new ideas and energy to grow and expand your business!
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NC Specialty Foods Association
P.O. Box 5272
Cary, NC 27512
Members – $35 per ticket. Non-members – $85 per ticket. Be sure to include your company name, number of attendees and any dietary restrictions.
Date: Monday, April 30th
Location: Chatham County Agricultural & Conference Center, 1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC
Tentative Conference Program
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Samantha Swan, Cottage Lane Kitchen
9:15 a.m. Making a Career in the Specialty Food Industry, John Troy, The Wizard, LLC
John Troy is the originator and developer of many trending flavor profiles in the organic marketplace today. As CEO of The Wizard’s Cauldron, John developed and produced many organic dressings, sauces and condiments under the Whole Foods 365 Organic label that are in distribution nationwide at all Whole Foods Markets. John formulated, produced and consulted with many brands including Wegman’s, Naturally Fresh, Saucy Susan, The State of Vermont, the Country of Grenada, Annie’s, The Wizard’s, Premier Japan, Central Market, Spectrum, San-J, Litehouse, Simply Delicious, Earth Fare, Charlie Trotter, OrganicVille, Ingles and Kraft Foods. John continues to mentor emerging companies in innovative new product development.
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Upcoming Events and Updates from the NCDA and Export Opportunities and Available Funding , Sherry Barefoot, NCDA&CS and Cathy Ma, NCDA&CS
Sherry Barefoot is the NCDA&CS Marketing Specialist for specialty foods and the liaison for the NC Specialty Foods Association. Prior to being promoted to Marketing Specialist, she was the Program Manager for the NCDA&CS Market News Section. Sherry has more than 20 years experience with the NCDA&CS in leadership, project management and marketing.
Cathy Ma is the International Marketing Specialist at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Marketing Division. She has helped NC specialty food manufacturers expand their product reach to markets around the globe.
11:30 a.m. Member Spotlight, Mark Mangnum, Made NC
Mark Mangum is a former SVP with Wachovia, Founder of Galley Stores in New Bern NC, CEO, chief encouragement officer at Made in NC and Galley. Kelli Billingsley, an accountant by trade, is the President of Miscellaneous Stuff, Made in NC and Galley Stores. Made in NC was founded by Mark and Kelli in 2017 as a response to the consumers need to find a reliable, central place for NC products.
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m. Key Principles in Growing your business, Marius Andersen, Creative Snacks
Marius Andersen is the Founder and CEO of Creative Snacks Co, is fast growing manufacturer of healthy snack foods that people can feel good about eating. The company is located in Greensboro, NC, and is distributing its products to more than 6,000 retail locations across the US.
2:00 p.m. Food Safety – what you need to know, Eric Hallman, PFAP
Eric Hallman is still looking for what he wants to be when he grows up. So far Eric has been a neurobiologist, a computer geek, a bio-tech entrepreneur, an educator, an elected official, a jazz trumpeter, and a non-profit executive. Eric currently manages the Piedmont Food Processing Center (PFAP) in Hillsborough where he gets to witness the début of the next great food entrepreneurs.
2:30 p.m. How to Price or Increase your Price on Products, Annette Dunlap, NCDA&CS
Annette Dunlap is an Agribusiness Developer in the Marketing Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. She works with economic developers to help them with food processing projects and provides one-on-one assistance to food businesses that are ready to scale up. Prior to her joining NCDA&CS in 2008, Annette worked at NC State University, where she assisted cooperative extension agents with providing business development expertise for value-added agriculture. She and her husband raise cattle on a farm in southeastern Cumberland County.