CNJIFT Dinner Meetings


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Networking/Poster Presentations 4:30 pm  |  Speaker at 6:00 pm  |  Dinner at 7:00 pm

Date:        Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Title:         Flavor Creation: A combination between Science and Art to elevate consumers experience
Speaker:  Catalina Monroy, Worldwide Director Flavors & Fragrances – Colgate Palmolive Company
Venue:     The Heldrich, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Join us at the NYIFT & CNJIFT Student Poster Presentation Night. This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to engage with students as they present their research about interesting and relevant topics in the food industry. The development of these presentations take a tremendous amount of time and effort to carry out. This year both Rutgers University and Montclair State University will participate. Students are invited to present their posters. There will be about 25 posters for you to see. These poster topics will be listed online in the next month. During this dinner meeting, the Scholarships/Awards Committee will announce the winners of the NYIFT Graduate Student Scholarships, Undergraduate Student Scholarships, and the winners of the Posters (First Place, Second Place and Third Place).

After the networking and presentation time, Ms. Catalina Monroy, Worldwide Director of Flavors & Fragrances at Colgate Palmolive Company will describe how to become a Flavorist, what are the tools and mindset that a successful Flavorist should have and why the Flavorist role is crucial for the success of many well known products in the market.

About Our Speaker . . .

Ms. Catalina Monroy is a Worldwide Director of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, providing global leadership to the team responsible for developing and recommending world-class flavors and fragrances that ensure the best tasting and smelling experience to the consumers. Her team support Colgate’s Global Research & Development organization by developing and recommending flavors and fragrances for all Oral Care, Home Care and Personal Care Colgate-Palmolive brands.  Catalina’s guidance and input to her teams have contributed to the launch of many successful products. As the flavor and fragrance group leader, Catalina has established strong partnerships with the Marketing, Consumer Insights and Product Development teams, facilitating a better understanding of the role of flavors and fragrances in Colgate-Palmolive products.

Catalina joined Colgate in 2015 and brought with her over 25 years of experience in the flavor industry, most recently with Firmenich. Since 2011, she worked as a Senior Flavorist for North America and Latin America Oral Care at the Firmenich U.S. affiliate in Plainsboro, NJ, where she strengthened her expertise in mint flavors and sensates for Toothpaste and Mouthwash applications and was the lead Flavorist providing flavor-creation support to Colgate.

In 2000, she joined Firmenich in Mexico City and was responsible for the development of sweet goods flavors for the Latin America region.  After two years, she moved to their headquarters in Geneva, where she led the development of flavors for confectionary applications. She later managed the European Flavorist team as Senior Flavorist. While in Europe, from 2010 to 2011, Catalina joined Givaudan in Switzerland were she developed flavors for the European region in the Sweet Goods area.

After studying food engineering at La Salle University in Medellin, Colombia, Catalina gained knowledge as a Flavorist at Lucta, a Spanish Flavors and Fragrance company. From 1990 to 1999 she worked in their Colombian affiliate where she successfully completed the Flavorist training and created flavors for Sweet Goods, Beverage and Savory applications.

Catalina brings tremendous passion and dedication to her work while effectively adapting to diverse teams and cultures, enabling her to foster strong partnerships with key stakeholders.  She enjoys mentoring junior flavorists and motivating them to walk the extra mile for success.

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$55 – NY/CNJ IFT Members before 12:00 noon 2/7/20
$60 – NY/CNJ IFT Nonmembers & Members after 12:00 noon 2/7/20
$30 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members before 12:00 noon 2/7/20
$40 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members after 12:00 noon 2/7/20

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