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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 2023-2024 Opening Note from our Chairs

NYIFT Chair Spencer Sullivan & CNJIFT Chair Lucy Bing







As the incoming chairs for New York IFT and Central New Jersey IFT, we would first like to thank our predecessors. Sophia Jin provided enthusiastic leadership and pushed NYIFT to become more relevant in social media. Carol BoNey provided an experienced guiding hand for CNJIFT while providing the combined organization with thoughtful observations. We look forward to continuing to work with both Sophia and Carol as they take on the roles of immediate past chairs.

Based on the post-COVID renewal that we saw in our programs last year, we are confident that the trend will continue into our 2023-24 year. We have been working through the summer months to develop our program with a mix of both in-person and virtual meetings. During the pandemic we realized that remote access for our meetings allowed us to reach a greater number of professionals. At the same time, we recognized that there is a certain level of social interaction that can only occur when we meet in person. While our primary objective is to present speakers who will help us all learn more about the science of food, we are also planning to mix in some opportunities for fun with events such as the NYIFT Hockey Night at the New Jersey Devils in March and the CNJIFT Annual Golf Outing in June.

The 2023-2024 program will kick off on Wednesday, September 13 with a CNJIFT Networking & Trivia Night at The Rutgers Club in Piscataway, NJ. Please join us for a fun evening. Details are included in this newsletter. Plans are underway for a CNJIFT Holiday Party in December and Rutgers students are working on Student Night scheduled for February 22, 2024 in Piscataway. Be sure to add all of the dates to your calendar as we look forward to seeing you in person!

Our past success is fully the result of a volunteer effort. Our future success depends on new volunteers who are willing to commit time and effort. The value of “many hands making light work” is certainly apparent in this organization. None of the leadership tasks are time consuming or difficult, especially when long-term members are always present to provide guidance. Please consider taking a small part in NY/CNJIFT. Being part of a successful team provides personal satisfaction and, in the long run, the advancement of Food Science benefits everyone.

Here is to a successful and healthy 2023-2024 NYIFT and CNJIFT Program Year!

Spencer Sullivan                                  Lucy Bing
Retired – PepsiCo