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.

2017-2018 Welcome from our Chairs

rosenbergLisa Rosenberg, NYIFT Chair

mayer.jpgSusan Mayer, CNJIFT Chair

Lisa Rosenberg – NYIFT Chair

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 featured speakers 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 will have 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 1,100 section members with different events whether they are causal, volunteering with local charities and students that meet different needs. 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 an 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!

Susan Mayer – CNJIFT Chair

Welcome to Central New Jersey IFT and the 2017-18 program year!  As a sub-section of the New York IFT, the Central New Jersey IFT provides a program of educational and networking meetings that are more convenient to many of us living in New Jersey.  Meetings are open to everyone so even if you are not a member of NYIFT, please attend the meetings you find interesting.

Recently we had our CNJ/NY IFT Executive Committee Transition meeting, where we set the program for the upcoming year and transitioned leadership to the incoming officers.  My thanks to Jill Horowitz for her leadership as the Chair last year, and my sincere thanks to all the Executive Committee members who plan the locations and speakers for all our CNJ IFT meetings.  We have a great group of volunteers and we’re always happy to include IFT members who have some time to share with our IFT section.  Interested?  Please contact me, or better yet, let’s talk at one of the CNJ IFT meetings.

We have another year of great programming starting with our September 19th meeting at Seabra’s Armory in Perth Amboy.  Our speaker, Al Johnson, will talk about the USDA Organic program, which he knows first-hand as both a farmer and an inspector.  Mark your calendar now for our November 5th brunch gathering at the Cranbury Inn. This event is open to families and is sponsored by the New Professionals group.  It will be a great networking event so I hope to see you there. Then in December we have our Holiday party, this year on December 7th.  Look for fun and informative speakers and samplings of some interesting products!  February’s meeting is Student Night, this year on the 13th at the Heldrich Hotel.  Keep watching your monthly newsletter for all of the events throughout the year.

Our goal is to provide an interesting mix of speakers at a variety of locations, so more members can attend meetings.  Haven’t been to a meeting in a while?  I hope this year’s CNJ and NYIFT programs will have a dinner meeting, or a ball game, or a weekend event that interests you and fits your schedule.  You’ll find our new website easier to use, and it will be easier to find us on Facebook and Instagram as well.   Keep in touch and let us know what you think!