At this year’s ABA Convention in Naples, our programming reflects the immediate needs of the baking industry. In one of the information-heavy sessions on Monday, April 8 from 11:15 am- 12:45 pm, we are bringing together representatives from e-commerce, fast food service, block chain, and retail grocery segments to talk about hot topics.
What’s Next for the Baking Industry?
In this fast-paced, interactive discussions with these experts, they will address the needs of their respective segment, the trends they are seeing, and how the baking industry can help them succeed.
- Tapping Into the Power of Bakery – Grocery Retail – Rainer Glaubitz, SPAR Intl.
- Tapping Into the Power of Bakery – Food Service – Matthew Riddleberger, Firehouse Subs
- Tapping Into the Power of Bakery – Block Chain – Howard Popoola, The Kroger Co.
How to Attend this Session
Registration for the hotel AND early bird pricing closes on March 15, 2019, so it’s important to sign up soon. We frequently sell out our hotel.
More on the Speakers
Rainer Glaubitz, SPAR Intl.
Rainer Glaubitz is responsible for the International Commercial & Food Services Support at SPAR International, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
SPAR is the world’s leading voluntary food retail chain with a network of 12,777 stores and a presence in 47 countries worldwide.
He joined the SPAR organization in 2006 as National Fresh Bakery Product Development Manager for SPAR South Africa Limited. In 2010 he took on the responsibility for the SPAR Group Bakery Portfolio for Southern Africa.
Rainer is equipped with a German Master Baking Degree and Bachelor of Arts (Honors) European Business from Cambridge, UK.
His passion is global food retailing and, in specific, building HERO Categories through innovative ‘plug & play’ in-store concepts within the domains of Fresh Foods & Food Services.
Since 2018, Rainer is an active FMI Fresh Foods Leadership Committee Member.
Matthew Riddleberger, Firehouse Subs
Matthew Riddleberger is the Vice President of Supply Chain Services (Procurement and Distribution, and Product Development) at Firehouse Restaurant Group, a fast-casual restaurant brand. Since 2006 he has been responsible for all procurement and distribution for this 1,100+ unit $800+ million dollar chain. Mr. Riddleberger spent over 10 years with a Fortune 100 broadline distributor managing merchandising and marketing for a $325 million dollar operating company. He is experienced in developing strategic plans and executing them. Mr. Riddleberger also has over 15 years of operational experience in the hospitality industry.
Mr. Riddleberger sits on two industry boards. He is a current board member and past Vice Chairman of the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Study Group and has been a member of the board since 2012, and an advisory board member of the International Food Manufacturer Association. He is also a member of the National Council of Chain Restaurants Supply Chain Committee In all three roles, Mr. Riddleberger works to identify and find solutions for industry-wide issues as well as advocating for the interests of the industry.
Howard Popoola, The Kroger Co.
In his role as the Vice President of Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory Compliance for The Kroger Company, Cincinnati, OH. Howard has the overall strategic responsibility and direction for food safety, quality assurance and product development for the entire company, this includes approximately 2800 retail stores and Kroger’s 36 own manufacturing facilities – Dairy, Bakery, Pet Food and Grocery plants.
Prior to joining Kroger, he led product integrity and regulatory compliance functions as Vice President at Topco Associates – a private label procurement company in Elk Grove Village, IL. With over 25 years of experience in the food industry, he has had the opportunity to work at several food companies and in progressive food safety and quality roles including US Foods, Nestle, Kraft and Darigold, Howard is a food microbiologist by training and has advanced degrees in Integrated supply chain management from Michigan State University.