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RFA Fall Symposium

RFA Symposiums are offered annually in the fall in areas across the U.S. They provide informative presentations and discussion sessions on important business and marketing issues and food safety and regulatory topics affecting the refrigerated foods manufacturers and suppliers.  They also include site visits and tours to companies and organizations of interest to our membership. 

 Registration for our 2015 Fall Symposium is now open!  This year's event will take us to Boston, MA on Sept. 14-16.  This opportunity is available to the first 55 respondents, so register now!

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 To make your hotel reservations, call the Marriott Courtyard Boston Downtown at 800-321-2211 and identify yourself as a participant of the RFA 2015 Fall Symposium.  The room rate is $229/night, and reservations need to be made by August 23, 2015.



Our 2014 Symposium was held in Milwaukee, WI and was attended by nearly 50 RFA members from across the country.  Many thanks to our Technical and Industry Development Committees, under the direction of Chairs Bill Schwartz, Marty Mitchell and John Bowles.  Highlights of this year's event included visits to cheese making and processing plants at Henning's Cheese and Thiel Cheese & Ingredients;  an education in high-pressure pasteurization at American Pasteurization Company;  and an enlightening view of dock safety at Rite-Hite Corporation.  The event also included presentations by Adam Borger,  Outreach Program Manager at the Food Research Institute; University of Wisconsin-Madison;  and Brenda Murphy, Director of Producer Communications and Programs for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.






Please scroll down for details on our previous Symposiums.

RFA Members can access slide presentations from past RFA Symposiums at anytime in the Member Center.

2013 RFA Fall Symposium - September 16 - 18, 2013

San Jose, California


The 2013 Fall Symposium was an outstanding event with unique tours and excellent educational presentations giving attendees an exceptional learning experience.  The highlight of this year's event were the visits to produce fields and processing plants in the Salinas Valley.  Attendees had the opportunity to observe harvesting crews and learn about processing procedures during these tours.  Other highlights included visits to Mattson to learn about the latest consumer and product development trends and Tragon for tours and seminars on sensory research.  Networking opportunities were plentiful over the course of the three-day event, from the opening reception and Dine-Around to the Technical roundtable discussions at dinner.  Everyone enjoyed the chance to share and learn from each other.  The 2013 RFA Fall Symposium gave attendees a lot of good take-aways that they can use in their own businesses.  


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2012 RFA Fall Symposium & Seafood HACCP Workshop

September 10 - 13, 2012  -  Baltimore, Maryland

In conjunction with this year's Fall Symposium, the RFA hosted a special Seafood HACCP Workshop. The workshop was designed to educate RFA members on the FDA's Seafood HACCP regulations, including the new 4th Edition Hazards Guide. Participants were given the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Course Completion from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) to demonstrate that they met the training requirement of the FDA Seafood HACCP Regulations. The Fall Symposium included speaker presentations and tours of the Elite Spice manufacturing and distribution facilities and the International Food Safety Training Laboratory at the University of Maryland. Symposium speaker presentations are available for download in the Member's Only section. Look for the October issue of the Chilled News for more pictures and highlights from the event!

2011 RFA Fall Symposium - September 19 - 21, 2011

Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota

The RFA Fall Symposium was an exciting two-day event that combined expert speaker presentations with educational tours to offer attendees a unique learning experience. This year’s event took place in Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 19 - 21. Visits to ECOLAB’s Research & Development & Engineering facility and 3M’s Innovation Center highlighted the 2011 Fall Symposium. Symposium speaker presentations are available for download in the Member's Only section. Look for the October issue of Chilled News for more pictures and highlights of the event!


 Some of the RFA Fall Symposium attendees in front of the ECOLAB building in Minnesota.

2010 RFA Fall Symposium - September 20-22, 2010

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The RFA Fall Symposium was an exciting two-day learning experience that combined expert speaker presentations with educational tours. It  took place at the USDA- Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) just outside of Philadelphia, in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. The program included both Industry Development sessions and Technical/Food Safety sessions interwoven together over the two days. Highlights of the Symposium also included the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market and the Philadelphia Port Authority.


RFA members and USDA researchers in front of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service(ARS) Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) in Pennsylvania

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