Welcome to the New York Institute of Food Technologists and the Central New Jersey Subsection

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The NYIFT, which was established in 1942 as a regional section of the Institute of Food Technologists, has much to offer its members.  The section includes members from Northern and Central New Jersey, New York City and Southeastern New York State (excluding Long Island).  To serve members better, a Central New Jersey (CNJ) subsection was founded in 1980. Membership in the CNJ subsection is included in your NYIFT membership dues.

A Note from our Chairs

Shirin Madanshekaf – The Livekindly Collective
Amy Gilliland

The start of a New Year is a time when we reflect with gratitude on the past and set our hopes and intentions for the days and year ahead. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and safe year.

This is an opportunity to reinvigorate our enthusiasm for a productive year. With so much pressure and uncertainty in the moment, scheduling and attending face-to-face meetings are a big challenge. However, our board members and program chairs are trying their best to overcome these challenges and keep all of the NY/CNJ IFT’s meetings as interesting and informative as ever.

We had a successful NYIFT Suppliers Day at the Meadowlands Expo in September with 175 exhibitors and 700 attendees. Compared to pre-COVID numbers we had 10% fewer exhibitors (175 vs 194) and 25% fewer attendees (700 vs 935). Although the numbers were lower, it is evident that our food industry professionals want to reconnect and see their customers. A technical seminar and after show reception were also held, all within CDC guidelines. Although overall attendance was lower than pre-COVID, it was well-received by all who participated. A 2022 NYIFT in-person Suppliers Day is planned for Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Meadowlands Expo in Secaucus, NJ.

In October both NYIFT (Whitespace Opportunities in the Alternative Protein Sector) and CNJIFT (Using Natural Food Color in Challenging Applications) meetings were held in person. We also held an in-person joint meeting in November “The Future of Diet, Health & Wellness Post COVID”. CNJIFT held its December Holiday Dinner Meeting with a wine tasting paired with a 3-course meal. It was great to meet people in person after so long and get together, network and learn like in previous years. However, after the outbreak of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, we decided to shift to virtual for the NYIFT January, February, and March meetings, including Student Night Poster Presentations in February.

The NYIFT January meeting topic is “Where is New Product Innovation Headed?” Our speaker is Lynn Dornblaser who is Director of Innovation & Insights at Mintel. This meeting will be held virtually on January 26 at 4:30 pm EST. Full details about this meeting can be found on page 2 of the January Newsletter.

We encourage you all to participate in this virtual meeting which will be held without charge for everyone. We hope you will embrace the virtual world and learn with other professionals in the food industry.

We are looking forward to seeing you at future meetings and wish you the best in the year ahead.

Thank you for your continued support of NYIFT and CNJIFT.