Our Educational Conference

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Coffee Chats – Since January 2021, the association has been holding Coffee Chats approximately every 2 weeks to connect, learn and address top of mind issues. These are typically 1.5 hours where experts, vendors and your peers are brought together to share, collaborate and grow together. No matter you experience level, these have proven to be a great value! These are free to members of VASFA and $25 for non-members. Each is recorded and available to members only. Visit our calendar of events to register.


IN the Office – Once a month, Joell Eifert and the VA Tech Food Innovations team will be IN the Office for special office hours for our members to address questions, concerns and issues you may have on all things related to food making. If they don’t have the answers, they will get them. Visit our calendar of events for more information.


Education Conference -  Our next education conference is scheduled in person at the Richmond Convention Center on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 the day before the Food & Beverage Expo.



Past Coffee Chats:

  • Unwrapping the Holiday Season, January 14, 2021

  • Wholesale Platforms, January 27, 2021

  • ADA Website Compliance

  • Retail Platforms, February 24, 2021

  • COVID & Cocktails, March 4, 2021

  • Distributors, April 13, 2021

  • Regulatory Changes in Food Safety, March 30, 2021

  • Labeling, April 27, 2021

  • Gross Margins, May 6, 2021

  • Social Media, May 18, 2021

  • ABCs of Audit, June 8, 2021

  • Trade Shows: Know Before you Go, June 29, 2021

  • Pressing Issues Open Forum, July 13, 2021

  • Pressing Issues Open Forum, August 31, 2021

  • Pressing Issues Open Forum, October 20, 2021

  • Bioengineered Food, November 9, 2021

Recordings and materials are available on the Member Resource page or upon request at no charge to VASFA members. Email us to request by date.