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Complimentary Virtual Event

March 31, 2020
12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM EDT

Complimentary Webinar

3rd Annual Infused Products Virtual Conference

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3rd Annual Infused Products Virtual Conference

This complimentary virtual conference consists of 4 back-to-back webinars, all on the same day.

In a number of states across the country, edibles, topicals, beverages and other infused products are taking up a larger percentage of the market share. They come in all shapes and sizes- from granola bars to lotions, lubricant and scented candles; manufacturers are infusing a wide variety of products with cannabis, creating a market that meets a larger consumer demographic.

Different states have different rules when it comes to product safety. Some states require ServSafe training and local health inspections, while others have more stringent lab testing rules, require documented GMPs and even a form of certification demonstrating proper food safety protocols.

State regulations shouldn’t be the reason why infused products manufacturers have robust safety and quality standards, consumer safety is. Getting ahead of regulations with proactive safety and quality planning can improve a business’s bottom line tremendously. There are a number of tools and tricks cannabis companies can learn from the food industry to streamline their businesses and gain a bigger chunk of the market share.

Who Should Attend:

  • Infused products and edibles manufacturers-owners, managers, directors of operations, compliance and quality.
  • Investors or stakeholders of infused products companies.
  • Dispensary owners, managers and staff.
  • Extractors, processors and distributors.


12:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, CannabisIndustryJournal.com - Host and Moderator

12:05 PM - Applying Food Science Principles to Cannabis Edibles
Marina Mincheva, Director, Manufacturing Quality Assurance, Cresco Labs
Stephanie Gorecki, Director, Food Sciences, Cresco Labs

  • What does the R&D process look like for creating cannabis-infused edibles?
  • Product commercialization
  • Developing CPG products with Marketing and Quality input

12:50 PM - Technology Spotlight

1:05 PM - Food Safety Culture in the Cannabis Industry
Ellice Ogle, CEO & Founder, Tandem Food.LLC

  • What is food safety culture-qualitative
  • What is food safety culture-quantitative
  • How to achieve a food safety culture

1:50 PM - Technology Spotlight 

2:05 PM - GMPs & HAACP for Cannabis Companies
Kathy Knutson, Founder, Kathy Knutson Food Safety Consulting

  • Before HACCP, implement GMPs
  • HACCP made simple
  • Beyond HACCP, apply preventive controls

2:50 PM - Technology Spotlight

3:05 PM - The New Canadian Edibles Market
Steven Burton, Founder & CEO
Icicle Technologies

  • Canadian edibles regulation: current state of affairs
  • The link between food and cannabis industry
  • What US edibles companies can expect when it comes to regulations 

3:50 PM - Technology Spotlight

4:05 PM - Research & Development in Cannabis Infused Products

4:50 PM - Discussion

5:00 PM - Adjournment


Marina MIncheva

Marina Mincheva
Director, Manufacturing Quality Assurance
 Cresco Labs

Marina Mincheva is responsible for the development and implementation of food safety and quality programs for the manufacturing process of cannabis-infused edible products across multiple facilities. Marina has a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a certified BRCGS auditor and PCQI (FSMA) certified. With 18 years of food industry experience within multiple product categories, Marina is on a mission to bring continuous improvement and best practices into the growing categories of cannabis-infused edibles.

Stephanie Gorecki

Stephanie Gorecki
Director of Food Science
Cresco Labs

Stephanie Gorecki oversees R&D in the Food and Beverage department at Cresco Labs. She manages the commercialization of new products in collaboration with the Operations team. Stephanie has a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University. She has 14 years of product development and manufacturing experience in various capacities within the food industry. Stephanie is passionate about applying her knowledge and experience into the cannabis space. 

Ellice Ogle
Aaron Biros

Ellice Ogle
CEO & Founder
Tandem Food, LLC

Ellice Ogle is a food technologist with experience in food safety and product development. Ellice founded Tandem Food LLC, a company for food safety auditing, consulting, and training for start-ups. Ellice has had industry experience with SCS Global Services, Sun Basket, and Nestle Ice Cream Research & Development. Overall, Ellice believes food safety can be relevant, simple, and engaging. Ellice graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and then earned her Master’s in Agriculture with a specialization Dairy Products Technology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Ellice is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certified.

Kathy Knutson
Kathy Knutson Food Safety Consulting

Dr. Kathy Knutson works nationwide with food manufacturers on recall investigations, problem-solving, training and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance. After being trained in 2016 as a Lead Instructor with the FDA-recognized curriculum for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals, she delivered over 20 workshops to industry. With over 35 years in microbiology and 15 years of full-time teaching, Dr. Knutson is passionate about training and is an effective communicator at all levels in an organization. She has taught and consulted with companies on laboratory methods, interpretation of lab results, quality assurance, sanitation, environmental monitoring plans, Standard Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. As a life-long learner, Dr. Knutson is trained in prevention of intentional adulteration, a topic on the horizon for the food industry. Dr. Knutson is a contributing author at CannabisIndustryJournal.com. Dr. Knutson writes a food safety blog and contributes expert services to manufacturers through ConnectFood.com, an online site for writing HACCP and food safety plans. When Dr. Knutson is not traveling, she works from home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and an adorable Bernedoodle.

Aaron Biros

Aaron Biros
Cannabis Industry Journal

Aaron Biros is the Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis Industry Journal.com (CIJ), an online business-to-business trade journal focused on the legal cannabis industry. Biros started CIJ in 2015 when he officially joined Innovative Publishing full time. Through editorial coverage of the cannabis markets, Biros has developed a familiarity with regulatory compliance, quality and safety issues as they relate to the burgeoning cannabis industry. Biros covers science and technology updates, breaking news, regulations and emerging markets from his office based in Portland, Oregon.

Steve Burton

Steven Burton
Founder & CEO
Icicle Technologies

Steven Burton is an innovative entrepreneur and the creator of the award-winning ERP for food and cannabis manufacturers, Icicle. Through the development of advanced food safety technology based on over 25 years of sophisticated software development expertise, Burton has taken Icicle beyond document management and food safety to offer a complete solution for smart automation, improving quality standards, production efficiency and expanding growth opportunities for all types of food and cannabis businesses.

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