(April 13) Michigan State University’s School of Packaging has brought together representatives of some of the nation’s largest retail grocers and two large California growers for a two-day event that covers key issues in the supply chain.

“I think we have a very strong agenda,” said Meg Thornton, seminar coordinator for Fresh Moves, which is scheduled for June 4-5 in Monterey, Calif.

Speakers will include Matt Kistler vice president of product and packaging innovation for Bentonville, Ark.-based Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Don Harris, vice president of produce and floral for Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc.; and Gale Prince, director of corporate regulatory affairs for Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

Michigan State has offered six seminars related to the produce industry since 2004. This is the first time the event has been branded Fresh Moves, which Thornton said the school would like to make an annual event.

“We want to make the skill and expertise available at Michigan State available to the industry and help the industry find more solutions and be able to respond to issues,” she said.

Two of the big issues facing the industry, she said, are food safety and sustainability.

Harris is expected to speak about the organic supply chain, while Prince will participate in a forum on food safety as part of a panel that also will include Saul Morales, senior manager of produce quality assurance for Houston-based Sysco Corp. Kistler will speak about Wal-Mart’s goal of reducing packaging from its supply chain 5% by 2013.

Thornton said the event is limited to the first 200 people who register. For registration and other information go here.