Demonstrating the Power of AI for Food & Beverage Innovation

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain,
  • Thursday, September 09, 2021

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming necessary for food and beverage manufacturers to meet ever-changing demands and stay ahead in an increasingly competitive environment. In their last webinar SparkCognition discussed why now is the time for food and beverage manufacturers to implement artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations.

The speakers demonstrated how most organizations have the available data to leverage predictive insights to drive strategic decisions and increase operational efficiency. In this webinar, Sridhar Sudarsan, CTO of SparkCognition and former CTO of IBM Watson, will discuss how AI/ML solutions solve operational challenges in large food and beverage manufacturing facilities.

Register for this webinar to see Sridhar show how the power of AI/ML technology not only solves targeted business goals, but also identifies previously unknown opportunities hidden within the data. Organizations that start their predictive journey on the factory floor will also quickly find valuable insights across other areas of their business.


Sridhar Sudarsan, SparkCognition

Sridhar Sudarsan, Chief Technology Officer, SparkCognition

Sridhar Sudarsan is the Chief Technology Officer of SparkCognition. Sudarsan is responsible for driving SparkCognition’s product and technology strategy, leveraging next-generation artificial intelligence systems to secure and optimize assets across key industries.

With over two decades of technology leadership experience, Sudarsan has been at the helm of several complex products and projects, collaborating with global customers on cutting-edge technologies. Previously, Sudarsan was the CTO of IBM Watson Platform and Partnerships, where he led the technology strategy and architecture of the IBM Watson platform.

Sudarsan is widely recognized as an expert on the business potential and application of advanced technologies. He provides thought leadership on AI solutions and patterns for clients, partners, academics and R&D teams. He holds over 14 patents in the areas of AI and distributed computing, has published white papers and articles for a variety of outlets, and has been a featured speaker at conferences and universities.

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Curt Richtermeyer, SparkCognition

Curt Richtermeyer, EVP Sales, SparkCognition

Curt Richtermeyer is an accomplished executive, public speaker, and advisor to companies looking to find innovative software solutions for the most complex business problems. Throughout his 30+ year career in the software industry, he has developed a passion for helping companies unlock growth, optimize performance, and realize return on their software investments. As SparkCognition’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales, he leads sales teams that help the worlds most recognizable companies leverage cutting-edge artificial intelligence solutions.

Prior to joining SparkCognition, Curt served as SVP and General Manager for Aurea, led North America Sales for CallidusCloud, and held senior management positions with Oracle, Trilogy, BDO, and Grant Thornton. Curt holds an MBA and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Cory Rhoads, SparkCognition

Cory Rhoads, VP Manufacturing, SparkCognition

Cory Rhoads is a results-oriented sales executive and experienced business consultant, skilled in advising companies to help them achieve strategic initiatives with proven software capabilities.  He has been partnering with organizations for over 23 years and is driven by the success of aligning industry-leading solutions to meet each company’s unique needs.

As SparkCognition’s Vice President of Sales, Cory leads the manufacturing industry sales team, helping many of the world’s top consumer brands successfully deploy and scale artificial intelligence solutions to achieve new levels of operational excellence, quality and efficiency, resulting in greater productivity and predictability across the enterprise.

Prior to joining SparkCognition, Cory served as Strategic Sales Director for Medallia, VP of Sales for SAP, Sr. Account Executive for CallidusCloud, as well as management and business consulting positions with Oracle and Accenture. Cory holds a BBA in Accounting, with a minor in Information Technology, from Stetson University.

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Who Should Attend?

  • CFO
  • VP
  • Operational Strategy
  • CDO
  • COO
  • VP/GM R&D
  • Manufacturing
  • Director Legal/Compliance
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Marketing/Sales
  • HR
  • Procurement

What You Will Learn

  • Learn specific applications of AI/ML in food and beverage manufacturing
  • Discover how trusted partners can help with the AI/ML journey
  • See how AI/ML technology can be applied on and off the factory floor

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We catalyze sustainable growth for our clients throughout the world with proven artificial intelligence (AI) systems, award-winning machine learning technology, and a multinational team of AI thought leaders. Our clients partner with SparkCognition to understand their industry’s most pressing challenges, analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. Our vision is to build scalable AI solutions to solve the problems that matter most. We collaborate with organizations to help them reduce environmental impact creating a better, smarter, and more sustainable world. To learn more about how SparkCognition’s AI applications can unlock the power in your data, visit

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