The 2020 Top 100


Duration:60 minutes


While food and beverage production always has its challenges, 2020 has had more than most years. Food Engineering’s editor-in-chief Casey Laughman moderates a discussion between Joe Zembas, Senior Manager, Quality Engineering, the J.M. Smucker Company, and Jason Robertson, Market Director, Food + Beverage, CRB. Exclusively sponsored by CRB, this webinar will explore the challenges facing food and beverage companies, how the largest companies are responding to them and how the industry as a whole is adapting to change.

Topics include:
  • The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Future trends in design and construction
  • Hiring, training and retaining qualified workers
  • How automation is shaping food and beverage production


Casey Laughman


Food Engineering

Casey Laughman is the Editor in Chief of Food Engineering magazine. He has almost two decades’ experience as a writer and editor for mainstream and trade publications. He spent several years as a writer and editor for two news services before becoming the editor of a legal publication and managing editor of a trade magazine that covered the commercial facilities market.

Jason Robertson

Vice President, Food + Beverage


Jason Robertson serves as Food + Beverage Market Vice President at CRB, leading the company-wide growth of the market by leveraging design, construction and delivery excellence to bring innovative solutions to clients. Jason has more than 20 years of experience in design and construction, with nearly 13 of those years serving CRB clients. He is a member of the Industrial Asset Management Council and Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Mid-America Region. Robertson acted as president of the DBIA, Mid-America Region in 2014 and served as president of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, Midwest chapter in 2012. He was also named an Engineering News-Record Top 20 Under 40 honoree in 2014.

Joe Zembas

Senior Manager Reliability Engineering

The J.M. Smucker Company

Joe Zembas has more than 36 years of experience overseeing multiple areas of manufacturing, new product initiative, capital and project management. Joe spent 25 years with P&G in manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maine, Italy and England. Joe has been with The J. M. Smucker Company for 12 years in various senior technical leadership positions. Currently, Joe serves as Senior Manager – Reliability Engineering at The J. M. Smucker Company where he has initiated the corporate reliability program to be leveraged across the company’s 25 plants in North America. Joe has led major expansions and new product initiatives at both P&G and The J. M. Smucker Company, and has extensive experience across the entire high-speed manufacturing spectrum.


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