NYIFT Dinner Meetings

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Networking 5:00 pm | Speaker 6:00 pm  | Dinner 7:00 pm

Date:              Thursday, April 26, 2018
Title:              Internal vs. External Innovation
Speakers:    Ellen de Brabander, Ph.D., SVP R&D Global Functions, Governance & Compliance  –  PepsiCo
Venue:          PepsiCo, 700 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577 – Directions                             

Join us on April 26, 2018 as Dr. Ellen de Brabander will be sharing her critical experiences in the food industry and the key role these experiences have on innovation, as the landscape of the food industry is ever-evolving.

Dr. Ellen de Brabander joined PepsiCo in 2014 as Senior Vice President (SVP) leading Europe and Africa South R&D. From January 2015 onward she built and led R&D for the nutrition category, including the platforms for fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains and sports nutrition. Since July 2017 she has been based in the US at PepsiCo headquarters (NY) and as SVPleads the global R&D functions including the Food Safety, Quality, External Innovation, Strategy & Portfolio Management, Nutrition Science, Sensory and Regulatory Affairs teams.  Dr. de Brabander earned a Ph.D. cum laude in bio-organic chemistry from Leiden University in The Netherlands and completed post-doctoral work in molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Nobel Laureate H.G. Khorana. Her Ph.D. was awarded as the best Ph.D. for natural sciences from Leiden University (1990; Kock award); in 2000, she was awarded the Golden Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society for being the best Dutch chemist under 40 years of age.

RESERVATIONS: Space is Limited and photo i.d. is required upon entering the facility. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Due to security requirements, reservations after Friday, April 20 may not be accepted. NO SHOWS WILL BE BILLED.

Registration is  no longer available through Eventbrite. 
There are three ways to register.

  1. Register and Pay online at  https://squareup.com/store/nyiftshop  – Click on NYIFT Dinner Meeting, follow prompts and before clicking Place Order, include your NAME and COMPANY NAME in “Note to Merchant”
  2. By Email nyiftoffice@optonline.net  – Email your name, company name, and telephone number.  The day prior to the meeting you will receive a link to pay by credit card. You may pay with Cash, Check or Credit Card at the door.
  3. By Phone at 201-905-0090. Please leave your name, company name, Email address and telephone number. You will receive an email confirmation.  The day prior to the meeting you will receive a link to pay by credit card. You may pay with Cash, Check or Credit Card at the door.

$55 – IFT Members before 12:00 noon 4/20/18
$60 – IFT Nonmembers & Members after 12:00 noon 4/20/18 if space is available
$30 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members before 12:00 noon 4/20/18
$40 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members after 12:00 noon 4/20/18 if space is available

No Walk-ins Permitted


Networking Hour:
Mediterranean Table:  Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Muharrama, Tabbouleh, Marinated Olives, Pita Chips, Lavash, Crostini and Focaaccia Cheese Board, selection of domestic, imported and local cheeses, dried and seasonal fruits, crisps, flatbreads and crostini Antipasto, imported prosciutto, capicola, hard salami, imported Italian cheeses, calamata olives, grilled flatbread,  focaccia crisps

Dinner Buffet Menu

Mixed young green leaf lettuce, coach farm goat cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, strawberries, shaved radish, raspberry vinaigrette
Grilled, sliced angus sirloin, beef jus
Garlic & herb grilled chicken paillard, roasted wild mushroom, warm porcini vinaigrette
Cavatelli, English peas, vodka sauce, aged parmesan
Grilled asparagus, lemon, extra virgin olive oil
Herb roasted tri-color fingerling potato
Assorted dinner rolls with butter
Dessert and Coffee


By Car from New York

West Side – Manhattan – Bronx
West Side Highway/Henry Hudson Parkway to Cross County Parkway East. Take Hutchinson River Parkway Northbound to Exit 28 (Lincoln Avenue, Port Chester). At the end of the ramp make a left onto Lincoln Avenue. Take this to the light at Anderson Hill Road. Make a right onto Anderson Hill Road. Entrance to PepsiCo is on the right.

From Long Island
Long Island Expressway or the Grand Central Parkway to Cross Island Parkway. Cross Island Parkway West to Throgs Neck Bridge. Cross Throgs Neck Bridge North and travel   North on New England Thruway (Route 95) to Hutchinson River Parkway North to Exit 28 (Lincoln Avenue, Port Chester) or Exit 30 (King Street) and follow directions above.

From West of Hudson River
Tappan Zee Bridge
Cross Tappan Zee Bridge East. Follow Cross Westchester (Interstate 287) to Exit 8E (Route 127 Harrison, Westchester Avenue). Stay on Westchester Avenue and turn left onto Anderson Hill Road.  Proceed about four (4) miles to PepsiCo on right.

From Connecticut – Merritt Parkway
Take the Merritt Parkway South, which becomes the Hutchinson River Parkway to Exit 28 (Lincoln Avenue, Port Chester) or Exit 30 (King Street). From Lincoln Avenue, make a right at the end of the exit onto Lincoln Ave. Go to the end and make a right onto Anderson Hill Road. PepsiCo is on the right. From Exit 30(King Street): Make a right onto King Street. Make a left at the first traffic light onto Anderson Hill Road. PepsiCo is on the left.

From Westchester Avenue
(Rye Town Hilton)Turn right out of the hotel. After the 2nd light stay to your right. Go 1/4 mile passing the sign for Rt. 287 West. Turn right onto Route 120A, follow for 2 miles. At your first light, turn right onto Anderson Hill Road. PepsiCo is about 1.5 miles on the right.