NYIFT Meetings


Date:          Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Title:          Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 upon the Consumer and the Food Industry
. . . and What’s Next?

Time:         4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern Time
Lynn Dornblaser, Director of Innovations & Insights MINTEL
Alison Bodor, President and CEO American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI)

Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Fee:            Free to Participate

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This program qualifies for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH).  CFS Certificants may claim a maximum of 1.5 CH for their participation in this program.  For more information, please visit ift.org/certification or email ifscc@ift.org.

Lynn Dornblaser, Director of Innovation & Insights at MINTEL, will discuss how COVID-19 has changed how we cook, eat, and shop. We are eating at home more than ever before, which is impacting what we shop for, how we purchase our groceries, and how (and what) we cook. This presentation will look at how consumer behavior and preferences have changed so far during the pandemic and how new product innovation has answered those changing consumer needs. Ms. Dornblaser will also cover how meal prep has changed, the role that immune-boosting and other health claims play in innovation, and how new products continue to answer consumers’ desire to have a treat.

Alison Bodor, President and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), will share insights on how the frozen food industry supply chains and retail outlets were immediately impacted by COVID-19 in 2020 and the lessons learned as we head into the second wave and 2021. Ms. Bodor will also discuss her perspective from Washington, DC and the role of the government, both on a federal and state level, in keeping workers safe and manufacturing facilities operational. More coordination with government will be important as we begin the administration of vaccines to workforces that are deemed critical and essential to the infrastructure of the United States.

Join us, via Zoom, for this look from the consumer and industry side on the past and potential future impacts COVID-19 may have on us personally and in the everyday lives of the companies we work with.


Lynn Dornblaser, Director of Innovation & Insights – MINTEL
Ms. Lynn Dornblaser brings more than 30 years of product trend knowledge to her work at Mintel, which she joined in 1998. She applies her unique perspective on the market and new product development to tailored client research and to extensive public speaking and has been a frequent speaker at NYIFT Meetings. Ms. Dornblaser holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois. Prior to COVID-19, she can usually be found in the aisles of a supermarket somewhere in the world, and like all of us is anxiously waiting to get back into them.

Alison Bodor, President and CEO – American Frozen Food Institute
Ms. Alison Bodor is President and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), the member driven national trade association that advances the interests of all segments of the $50 billion frozen food and beverage industry. As President and CEO, Ms. Bodor is working to deliver member value by ensuring that AFFI’s activities contribute to both the individual companies and the collective success of the industry. The mission of the Institute is to ensure that frozen foods and beverages are proudly chosen to meet the needs of a changing world. Ms. Bodor holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS in Food Science from Cornell University, where she currently serves on the Department of Food Science Advisory Council.

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