Automation, food safety key to poultry processing’s future

Labor shortages, changing regulatory targets challenge productivity, efficiency.

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Labor availability and cost are major challenges for poultry processors, at the same time that food safety regulations are changing.

Three industry experts will discuss the new technologies being developed to help poultry processors automate some labor-intensive tasks and improve food safety outcomes at the 2023 Poultry Tech Summit on November 6-8 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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The panelists include Juan DeVillena, Ph.D., senior vice president, quality assurance and food safety, Wayne-Sanderson Farms, Colin Usher, research scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute and Oliver Hahn, CEO, Baader USA.

Juan “Juanfra” DeVillena, Ph.D., has been working for Wayne-Sanderson Farms since 2004 in various roles with increasing responsibility before moving into his current role of senior vice president of quality assurance and food safety. DeVillena received his bachelor’s degree in food science and his professional degree in food engineering from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru, and a master’s degree in food science from the University of Maryland. In 2022, he received his doctorate degree animal science at Texas Tech University.

Colin Usher is a senior research scientist and interim branch chief for the robotics branch in the Intelligent Sustainable Technologies Division at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he has served as a technical lead and project manager for the past 20 years. His technical expertise is in machine vision, robotics, system integration and embedded system development.

Oliver Hahn, CEO of BAADER Poultry USA, is originally from Germany, where he completed his degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Applied Sciences in LĂĽbeck. With over three decades of dedicated service in the poultry industry, Hahn possesses exceptional expertise and experience.

Attend the 2023 Poultry Tech Summit

Join an exclusive international gathering of industry-changing innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, technology experts, investors and leading poultry producers at the 2023 edition of Poultry Tech Summit on November 6-8 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Attendees can expect the same groundbreaking innovation and insightful presentations that made the previous events well-attended with deep dialogue on new prospective solutions and next-generation technologies. Poultry Tech Summit focuses on the transition of innovative technologies into commercial applications to advance the poultry industry.

Registration for this event is now open

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