Hundreds of attendees are expected to gather in Atlanta for Universal Pure’s 2019 HPP Summit™ Sept. 25-27 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. The three-day HPP Summit will bring together manufacturers, retailers, food service companies, regulatory, academic leaders, and others in the HPP industry to discuss the latest trends and updates in the industry.
The HPP Summit has been a huge draw over the past three years, providing a forum for education, networking and collaboration, while demonstrating how HPP can make a meaningful impact on food and beverage safety and quality.
More than 20 speakers will discuss HPP’s role in food safety, extended shelf-life, clean label, packaging and regulatory issues. Among this year’s speakers are Manny Picciola, managing director, L.E.K. Consulting; Dr. David Acheson, CEO, The Acheson Group; Shawn Stevens, food industry lawyer; and Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief, The National Provisioner.
Past attendees included industry leaders and influencers, including Subway, Starbucks/Evolution Fresh, Whole Foods, Coca-Cola, Wegmans, Chick-fil-A, Foster Farms, Kroger, ConAgra Brands, Nestle, Cargill and Hormel.
Mark A. Duffy, CEO, Universal Pure, said, “The HPP Summit is a great way to bring together food and beverage industry leaders to discuss where the industry is heading and to help each other better leverage HPP best practices. It’s open to anyone interested in HPP, from manufacturers, retailers, and food service operators already benefiting from the technology to companies interested in learning the basics about the purposefulness and relevancy of HPP.”
Duffy added, “Universal Pure’s ‘We CARE about YOU’ company value means that HPP is bigger than a process or procedure. We fully recognize what we do, and what this technology does, affects people and families. Food safety is our greater cause at Universal Pure.”
With its commitment to food safety and supporting organizations that work to eliminate food scarcity, Universal Pure will donate net ticket and sponsorship proceeds to Feeding America, a national charitable organization, and Hosea Helps, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that provides food and other services to the underserved.
Nancy Curby, senior vice president of Corporate Partnerships, Feeding America, said, “One in eight Americans may not know where they will find their next meal. We are grateful to Universal Pure, and its HPP Summit Series participants, for their gift, which enables our network of 200 food banks to distribute more nutritious food to Americans facing hunger. Universal Pure’s support brings Feeding America one step closer to eliminating hunger in this country.”
Afemo Omilami, Hosea Helps chief operations officer, said, “We are excited about our new corporate partnership with Universal Pure to help feed and support individuals and families in need in the Atlanta area, as unfortunately 1 in 4 Georgia families experiences food insecurity every year.”
For more information and to register, visit https://universalpure.com/hpp-summit/.
About Universal Pure
Headquartered in Villa Rica, Ga., Universal Pure, LLC is focused on helping companies make and serve refrigerated foods and beverages that are fresh, healthy, delicious, and most importantly, safe. As a customer-centric service provider of high pressure processing (HPP), Universal Pure’s four U.S. locations (Villa Rica, Ga.; Lincoln, Neb.; Malvern, Pa.; and Coppell, Texas) and 11 HPP machines in operation make it the nation’s largest third-party provider of HPP services.
Companies also outsource with Universal Pure for its other value-added services like cold storage, meal kitting, pre-pricing, code dating and inventory control. Additionally, companies leverage Universal Pure’s technical, quality assurance, engineering and cold-chain management resources to help them achieve their business goals by producing fresh, natural, organic, cleaner-label and safe products. Universal Pure is purely driven to always look ahead to advance the safety and quality of what we eat and drink.