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

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.

rosenberg2017-2018 Welcome from our NYIFT Chair Lisa Rosenberg

On Behalf of the NYIFT, I welcome you to the 2017-18 program! It is my honor and pleasure to be serving as Chair alongside an engaged and exceptional leadership board. I’ve been on the NYIFT board in various leadership positions for the past three years, and I am looking forward to this being our best year yet! Reflecting on last year, we had a diverse program of speakers and events with unprecedented engagement from our industry partners. Whether it was our 75th Anniversary Gala, that recognized past and current members of our section alongside National IFT, learning about 3D printing technology, understanding the GMO debate, or cheering for our favorite teams on the ice, field, and diamond, we shared knowledge, developed our networks, and had fun doing it. I am proud to say that 2016-17 was a successful year for NYIFT. I’d like to thank our past chair Adam Getzel as well as all the volunteers for their dedication that led to NYIFT being named a Section of Excellence for yet another year.

Going forward, I am excited to share our agenda for this year. We have a fantastic program of events planned to offer you relevant food science topics from a featured speaker as well as networking opportunities with industry colleagues. Kicking off the year our first two meetings include speakers discussing the Challenges & Opportunities of Food Production & Processing in Developing Countries as well as for a Mars Mission. We will discuss strategies for private labeling, and a panel focused around Sustainability. Again, this year it’s great to see our local industry engaged, including Mondélez International and PepsiCo each hosting a dinner meeting. Throughout the year, be on the lookout for our more casual networking events, including trivia night, a winery or brewery event, and sporting events including football, hockey, and baseball, sponsored by the New Professionals Committee!

In addition to ensuring we have a robust program of meetings and events, we are also focusing on continuing to build other forms of support to our members. This includes building out the mentoring program that was started last year. This program provides the opportunity to share our experiences and engage with other members of the section. We will also try to give back to our members with different events whether they are causal, volunteering with local charities and students that meet different needs with our section containing 1100 members. We continue to be an exemplary section with our New Professionals engagement and section succession planning. As always, we are excited to be supporting our students, the fuel of tomorrow’s food industry, through scholarships and meeting engagement.

So this year, be a part of our mission and commitment to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for food science and technology professionals. We welcome new volunteers and would love to have you be a driving force in a NYIFT leadership position. There are board positions and committee chair/member roles available with varying levels of commitment and involvement. If you are interested or would like more information, please reach out directly to me.

I look forward to seeing you at our meetings and events – let’s make this another great year for NYIFT and develop the Food Industry together!