Publix, Sodexo and Centralized Supply Chain Services to talk about food chain decision-making at 2019 Stakeholders Summit

Overflow hotel block extended through April 19

April 16, 2019 – The Animal Ag Alliance’s 2019 Stakeholders Summit, themed A Seat At The Table and set for May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, will bring together leaders from every link in the food chain. Due to record-breaking attendance rates, the official Summit hotel room block is sold out, but the overflow block at the Hampton Inn and Suites Kansas City Country Club Plaza hotel block has been extended. Rooms are now available until April 19 or until they are sold out. To view the agenda, register and book your hotel, visit

It’s critical for everyone in the food chain – from the farm to the fork – to sit down together at the table to discuss important issues that are important to both farmers and consumers. In this session, attendees will hear from leading retail, restaurant and foodservice brands about how their companies make decisions on topics like animal welfare, antibiotic use and sustainability. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how food companies operate and leave with new ideas of how to effectively engage.

Panelists include David Guilhaus, senior manager of food safety at Publix, Judy Panayos, senior director of sustainability and supply chain management at Sodexo and Mark Smith, chief procurement officer at Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC. Jim Dudlicek, editorial director of Progressive Grocer will moderate the panel.

David Guilhaus has almost 20 years of food experience in retail, manufacturing, distribution and food service, joining Publix Supermarkets in 2001. Since 2008, he has held positions within corporate quality assurance, including his current role as the senior food safety manager where he is responsible for developing corporate food safety strategies, validating existing food safety systems across eleven manufacturing facilities and over thirty distribution centers and serving as the subject matter expert for animal well-being, food safety and quality matters related to manufacturing and distribution.

Judy Panayos works to incorporate internal and client goals for sustainability and corporate responsibility into sourcing strategies including local sourcing, sustainable products, responsible supply chain practices and sustainability innovation at Sodexo. Before coming to the food industry, Panayos worked in medical device manufacturing at Becton Dickinson (BD) and held various roles in sustainability and supply chain management.

Mark Smith is the chief procurement officer for Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC. He is responsible for the sourcing and contracting of all food and certain non-ingredient supplies, as well as ensuring that programs developed and implemented by both the Applebee’s and IHOP Brands are properly supported. Prior to joining Flagstar, Smith held various purchasing and analyst positions with Carl’s Jr., Bell Food Services/Taco Bell, and Proficient Food Company, Inc.

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA19 for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact or call (703) 562-5160.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s outreach efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! For 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please visit For more information, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at

Thank you to our 2019 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal, Meatingplace, National Provisioner, American Feed Industry Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, Smithfield, United Soybean Board, Elanco, National Turkey Federation, Country Folks, Dairy MAX, Farm Credit, National Biodiesel Board, Summit Livestock Facilities, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., Council for Biotechnology Information, Protect the Harvest, Agri Beef, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Veal Association, Empirical, Progressive Dairyman, Kemin, National Chicken Council, Live Oak Bank, North Carolina Farm Bureau, Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care, Vivayic, Eggland’s Best, Brakke Consulting, Inc., Food Industry Environmental Network, Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean.

The Alliance also thanks the following members for their continued support of Summit and other Alliance programs: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Zoetis, Merck Animal Health, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Alltech, Inc., Aviagen Group, Bayer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cattle Empire, LLC, Dairy Farmers of America, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America LLC, Iowa Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy, Nutrien, Provimi North America, Inc. and Seaboard Foods LLC. 

About the Alliance:

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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