Purpose. The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Marketing Division and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition (DEFTECH) Office will co-host a no-charge, three-part WEBCON mini-series to promote increased North Carolina food and beverage sales and consumption through successful federal contract engagement and execution, and R&D activities to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. This is a component of the NCMBC’s ongoing Federal Agency WEBCON Series.
 
Target Audience. North Carolina growers and producers of raw agricultural farm products, food manufacturers of value-added food and beverage products, and R&D entities engaged in food production and distribution to improve soldier and family quality of life, and/or nutritional research and development to improve human (warfighter) performance on the battlefield. 
 
Platform. All three sessions will utilize the Zoom for Government web conference platform. Meeting credentials will be emailed out prior to each session. 
 
Registration. These are free sessions. However; registration is required to receive the Zoom for Government credentials.  To register, visit: https://www.ncmbc.us/web-conferences-military-food-and-nutrition-opportunities/
 
SESSION 1: Department of Defense Retail Food Opportunities
When. July 22, 2020, 1100-1230 EST
Description. DeCA acquisition processes for brand and non-brand items, product presentations to DeCA, prime vendor (PV) system, current PV contract holders and upcoming PV opportunities; PV operations and supplier qualification and requirements; distributor operations and supplier qualification and requirements; broker operations and roles; NCDA&CS “Got to Be NC” and NCMBC operations in support of food producers  
Speakers.
  • Michael Dowling, SES, Deputy Director and COO, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
  • Anthony Oliver, Director of Sales and Marketing, Military Produce Group
  • Renee Hunter, Vice President Business Development Military Distributors of Virginia, Spartan Nash
  • Frank Hogan, Chairman, Overseas Service Corporation
SESSION 2: Department of Defense Troop Feeding Opportunities
When. July 29, 2020, 1100-1230 EST
Description. Defense Logistics Agency Subsistence acquisition processes, prime vendor (PV) system, current PV contract holders and upcoming PV opportunities; Fort Bragg/military installation food service installations; DLA PV operations, supplier qualification and requirements; NCDA&CS “Got to Be NC” and NCMBC operations in support of food producers          
 
SESSION 3: Nutritional Research and Development and Human (Warfighter) Performance
When. August 5, 2020, 1100-1230 EST
Description. US Army objectives to improve human (warfighter) performance; Army initiatives to improve warfighter performance through nutrition; WAMC activities and support of nutritional research; ongoing nutritional research at Dole and the NCRC with warfighter application; DEFTECH/NCMBC operations in support of nutrition researchers