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2024 NCA Convention Schedule

Note: The Convention schedule is a work in progress and is subject to change. All activities will be held at the JW Marriott Nashville unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, March 6

9:30 am – 9:50 am

NCA Annual Meeting of Members

 

Thursday, March 7

10:00 am – 11:00 am

NCA Next Generation of Coffee Leaders Meeting – pre-registration required

Sponsored by ECOM Agroindustrial

10:00 am – 7:30 pm 

Java Lounge & Event Hub: Featuring coffee service and infused waters all-day

Sponsored by Neumann Gruppe USA 

10:00 am – 7:30 pm

NCA Community Central (Registration): General Info and Badge Pickup

Sponsored by Café Bustelo and Folgers

12:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Coffee Gives Back: Day of Service – Ticketed event

Sponsored by Melitta North America, Nestle Coffee Partners and Starbucks Coffee Co.
 

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

New: New Members and First-Timers Orientation

 

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Appreciation Reception for NCA Board of Directors, Sponsors, Invited Guests & Business Solutions Partners – by invitation 

Sponsored by F. Gavina & Sons

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A "Tennessee Shindig" Welcome Celebration 

The Green at JW (Lawn) 

Friday, March 8

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

NCA Community Central: General Info

Sponsored by Café Bustelo and Folgers

8:00 am – 6:00 pm 

Java Lounge & Event Hub: Featuring coffee service

Sponsored by Neumann Gruppe USA 

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Morning Brew & Breakfast with Business Solutions Partners (Tabletop viewing)

Sponsored by Probat

9:00 am – 10:50 am

Opening General Session: State of the Association and Keynote Speaker

Featuring Alison Levine, Lessons from the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership

10:50 am – 11:20 am

Coffee and Refreshment Break with Business Solutions Partners (Tabletop viewing)

Sponsored by Community Coffee 

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Quality Assessment of Instant Coffee

Speaker: Ms. Eliana Relvas

Sponsored By: ABICS

 

Navigating the Regulatory Lense of Traceability and New Import Law

Speaker: Andre Raghu, HAP International 

 

Cold Coffee Unleashed: From Trends to Transformation in Coffee Refreshment

Speaker: Lou Vastardis

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Luncheon & Awards Presentation

Luncheon:
Sponsored by Louis Dreyfus Company Coffee NA

Awards:
Origin Award sponsored by Mother Parker's Tea & Coffee Inc.
Individual Awards sponsored by Eight O’Clock Coffee

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Business Solutions and Activities Pavilion OPEN

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cupping Exploration: Cold Coffee – Brewing Methods and Variables

Dan Pabst, Melitta

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Technology on Instant Coffee Production

Speaker: Mr. Kim Knudsen

 

Brewing the Future: AI's Transformative Impact on the Coffee Industry

Speakers: Evan DeSantola, Agot & Alan Lai, ProfilePrint

Sponsored By: Fres-co System USA, Inc.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Instant Coffee Applications

Speaker: Ms. Eliana Relvas

 

Diet Drivers: Consumer Considerations Regarding their Food and Beverage Choices

Speaker: Mark DiDomenico

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions “Deep Dive” Networking Discussions

 Sponsored by Fetco

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

"Experience Nashville at Night" Meet-Up Reception with Business Solutions Partners (Tabletop viewing)

 

6:00 pm – on

Open Evening: Delegate Dine-Around - on own

Check out the list of suggested hot spots where you can meet-up with your fellow NCA colleagues during your open evening in Nashville

Saturday, March 9

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

NCA Community Central: General Info

Sponsored by Café Bustelo and Folgers

8:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Java Lounge & Event Hub: Featuring coffee service

Sponsored by Neumann Gruppe USA 

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Breakfast & Business Solutions (Tabletop viewing)

Sponsored by OPEM USA
 
9:30 am – 11:30 am

General Session “Hot Topics” 

Featuring:

National Coffee Data Trends 2024: Coffee's Bright Future

Speaker: Cheryl Hung, Dig Insights

Sponsored by White Coffee Company

&

The State of the Economy

Speaker: G. Scott Clemons, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Pre-Lunch Networking Break & Refreshments with Business Solutions Partners (Tabletop viewing)

Sponsored by Westrock Coffee Company

11:45 pm – 1:15 pm IWCA Luncheon - Ticketed Event

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Business Solutions and Activities Pavilion OPEN

 

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break on Own

 

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Dessert & Coffee Break

Sponsored by Cadeco

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Leveraging EnergyStar Tips for Sustainable Growth and Profitability in Coffee Companies

Speaker: Clark Reed, EPA|Energy Star

 

Caffeinated Convenience: Crafting Coffee Programs to Cater to a New Convenience Consumer

Speaker: Tim Cox, Franke Coffee Systems

Sponsored By: Syntegon Technology GmbH

 

The Changing Face of Coffee Packaging

Speaker: Matthew Barry, Euromonitor, Sponsored by IMA SpA

3:00 pm – 3:45pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Getting the Most Out of NCA Technical Resources: A How-To Session with NCA's Leading Scientist

Speaker: Dr. Mark Corey, NCA

 

What's Around the Bend: Looking Ahead on Specialty Coffee

Speaker: Samantha Evans, Dig Insights

Sponsored By: BUNN

 

Coffee Market: Supply and Demand Outlook

Speaker: Andre Acosta, Marex Hedging Solutions

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Closing Reception "Houston on the Horizon"

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