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, NYIFT Chair

Amy Gilliland CNJIFT Chair


In response to the pandemic, both NYIFT and CNJIFT went virtual for all of our monthly meetings to great success in the 2020/2021 NY/CNJ IFT year! The virtual platform allowed us to share our program with other IFT Section Members and this increased our virtual meeting participation! We enjoyed and learned a great deal along the way. Topics included Nutritional and Functional Benefits of Resistant Starch, Alternative Proteins, a Beer Tasting with The Brooklyn Brewery during the holidays, Challenges and Successes in the Development of a more diverse, inclusive, equitable and sustainable food system from three young professionals in the food Industry, as well as a virtual visit to PepsiCo’s new R&D laboratories in Valhalla, New York. The year concluded with a wonderful and successful day of golf at the Cranbury Golf Club. Although not the sunniest of days, a bright and fun-filled day was had by all. We were so happy to be together and outside!

As it was so great to see everyone at the golf outing, we have decided to hold many of the 2021-2022 Dinner Meetings in person. Plans are underway to return to our dinner meeting format on weekday evenings. Please be assured that all CDC guidance as well as State and local guidelines will be followed to allow for the safety of all who attend.

Topics for the upcoming year include: Whitespace in Alternative Proteins, Using Natural Food Colors in Food Applications and a Food & Wine Pairing for the Holiday meeting at the Cranbury Inn in December! Full descriptions and registration details will be in the monthly newsletter as well as online at www.nyift.org.

There’s more good news! After two postponements, the NYIFT Suppliers Expo, Technical Seminar and Career Fair will be held in person on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ. Space is still available. Attendee and Exhibitor Registration and Details are in this newsletter and at https://nyift.org/events/nyift-suppliers-day-career-fair/

We would like to encourage our undergraduate and graduate students from Rutgers University to join us at our dinner meetings! Network, network, network, is the best advice we can give you, and we know our professional members enjoy meeting you and learning of your research, studies, and hopes and dreams! We understand how difficult some days can be and appreciate your attendance and participation! We look forward to seeing you, meeting you, and renewing old friendships in the Fall and beyond.

Lastly, we would to thank all of our volunteers, Board Members, Committee Members and Chairs, Faculty Advisors, Scholarship and Poster Judges, Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Gerri Cristantiello, and finally our outgoing NYIFT Chair, Spencer Sullivan. Spencer’s calm and steady leadership has been a ray of light, in a tumultuous and uncertain year. Enjoy being past chair, Spencer, and know we all wish you the best of everything and look forward to seeing you “around the table” this year!

Here’s to a great year!