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Kraft Executive to Speak on Food Safety at ISA EXPO 2005
Research Triangle Park, NC (9 June 2005) - Jim Durkin, Kraft Foods Inc. Vice President of Engineering, Global Supply Chain, will give a keynote address on food safety at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, 27 October at ISA EXPO.
"With safety concerns at the forefront of all industry issues, ISA EXPO 2005 is proud to feature a pivotal presentation from such a renowned industry expert. This keynote address is sure to add to the depth and expertise of our conference program," said Dale Lee, ISA Director of Convention, Education, and Certification Services.
"Feeding the World Safely, Securely, and Cost Effectively - The Engineering Challenges" will be the third in a series of keynotes at ISA EXPO 2005, which will be held 25-27 October in Chicago at McCormick Place Lakeside Center. The address will focus on leveraging opportunities in the food industry. "The food industry is changing from a national or regional focus to a global race. High growth opportunities exist in markets that are outside of any one specific country or region," said Durkin.
The food industry faces the challenge of expanding into other regions as fast and as cost effectively as possible, and at the same time, companies must address concerns for food and employee safety. Engineering will play a key role in this globalization effort, according to Durkin, who stresses the importance of realizing growth opportunities and driving down costs to keep companies competitive. Speaking from a global food company perspective, highlighting key drivers in the industry and the role of engineering, Durkin will address issues facing the future of the food industry, including security and reliability.
Durkin has 22 years of experience in many aspects of Kraft operations, including engineering and operations management. In his current role, he is responsible for Kraft's Global Engineering function, including project engineering, manufacturing engineering and infrastructure support.
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