RFA Technical Webcasts


The RFA hosts quarterly Technical Webcasts on timely food safety and regulatory topics affecting
the prepared foods industry. The Webcasts are live, interactive events that you can join from your office!

See below for details on the latest Technical Webcast.

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

February 21, 2024 RFA Industry Development Webcast:

“Supply Chain Issues: Tracking Developments in the Suez and Panama Canals, and What It Means for Your Business


REGISTER HERE for this live, interactive Event that you can join from your office!

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Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, February 21, from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

      (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Central, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Mountain, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific)


Due to rapidly changing circumstances in the Red Sea where commercial shipping is under attack from Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, shippers are impacted globally both in cost and service.

The Red Sea attacks are already causing global shipping companies to reroute their voyages to avoid the Red Sea and Suez Canal area entirely. Hundreds of voyages have rerouted around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa as a safe alternate routing from Asia to Europe. In short, the Suez Canal is no longer a safe and viable option for global ocean carriers.

Importers here in USA are affected from this Red Sea conflict because the Transatlantic Westbound trade from Europe to USA is impacted; furthermore, vessels and equipment involved in the Transpacific Eastbound trade from Asia to USA are also impacted.

The Panama Canal delays are caused by low water, and the resulting slow transit and increased costs are starting to further complicate shipping for USA importers.

Please join this brief session on the ocean carrier outlook for importers and see how there is a new dynamic surging in the market that has suddenly and dramatically changed the supply and demand equation.

We will share an outlook for 2024 for planning out the supply chain to account for the new and dangerous times we are experiencing in global trade.



Michael Murphy, Sr Director Global Supply Chain

Michael Murphy is the Senior Director of Global Supply Chain at Camerican International. Michael has 30 years of experience with international supply chain. This experience involves managing ocean carriers and major food companies. A couple companies that Michael has worked for include Kraft and Pepsi.

Len Miceli, VP Business Development

Len Miceli is the Vice President of Business Development at Camerican International. Len joined the team at Camerican in 1997, and has since developed a major salad manufacturing program for seafood, fruits, and vegetables both canned and frozen. Before working at Camerican, Len was the Senior Director of Operations for Sears World Trade, developing a food import program fro Sears Roebuck. After that, he started a food import company called Paci c Premium, supplying major salad manufacturers in the US.


How does the Webcast work?

It's easy and convenient!  A virtual seminar is one that you can "attend" and participate in right from your offices. There is no travel time, and now provided at NO COST to RFA members!

The RFA Technical Webcast will include live audio along with a slide presentation on the Web. You just need a phone connection for the audio and an Internet connection.  

In addition, the webcast will allow you to comment and ask questions at specified times during the event using your phone.

You can invite staff members to listen and participate too!  To get the most out of a webcast, it is recommended that you have no more than five people at any one computer connection. If you have multiple locations, please register each location separately.


The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Research Chefs Association (RCA) have confirmed that continuing education credits are available for numerous RFA technical functions. Depending on the specific educational criteria of these two organizations, credits will be accepted for attendance at 1) RFA Webinars, 2) the RFA Fall Symposium and 3) the RFA Annual Conference.

Contact the RFA office for more information or for proof of participation.


Registration Information:

The cost for this event is as follows:

  • RFA Members: NO CHARGE - Now Included as a Member Benefit!

  • Non-Members: $310 per computer/audio connection

To attend the meeting, you can either:

  • Just send an email to [email protected] to register. There is no cost for members.  Nonmembers: checks must be made payable to the Refrigerated Foods Association. Payment should be received no later than February 19, 2024.

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message inviting you to attend the web conference with instructions on how to attend. This message will provide the information that you need to join the meeting.

If you have questions about the RFA Technical Webcasts, please e-mail the RFA office at [email protected]