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February 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013  
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2013 IFSA Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Available
The 2013 IFSA Foundation Scholarship Awards are exclusively available for IFSA members and their families! The Foundation offers multiple scholarships to help students and current onboard services professionals further their education. The Foundation scholarships are awards given to exceptional students. They cover tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with college. The scholarships are available to students and industry professionals across the world. This year, the IFSA Foundation has more than $40,000 scholarship awards available. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, June 14. Click here for more information about the IFSA Foundation.

The 2013 IFSA Foundation Scholarship Awards are listed below. Thank you to the Foundation donors in whose name scholarships will be offered. Click on the links below to access the scholarship application forms:

Harvey & Laura Alpert
Gourmet Foods*
John Louis Foundation
Oakfield Farms Solutions
Wessco International*
AMI Group
King Nut Companies*
DHL Airline Business Solutions
Flying Food Group
IFSA Member Family**
John & Ginnie Long
The Hoffman Group
*New scholarship award for this year.
**Two IFSA Member Family scholarships will be awarded in 2013.

If you’re interested in starting a new IFSA Foundation scholarship in your company’s name or to honor an individual, contact Jacque Petty at 

Help spread the word about the various IFSA Foundation scholarships available! Click here for a downloadable poster to display in your company break room or other areas where employees commune.



IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee Meeting 
The Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) conducted a meeting on January 29 at the Kellen Company’s Washington, D.C. office. An industry committee update was provided. Representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition provided guidance on allergen labeling of products produced at flight kitchens, general food labeling and a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) update. 

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS, provided enforcement information, compliance agreements, current enforcement policy and the issuance of non-compliance fines by inspection staff to catering and airline companies for handling of foreign garbage.

The GAEC committee reviewed the World Food Safety guidelines and is developing the process to update the guidelines to include the new FSMA regulations, labeling, and food code requirements.

Upcoming FDA Public Meetings

On March 27 and 28 in Portland, Oregon, the FDA will hold public meetings to review the proposed rules to establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption (the produce safety proposed rule) and for current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food (the preventive controls for human food proposed rule). These rules are the first of five proposed rules that would establish the foundation of, and central framework for, the modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the FDA’s FSMA. The meeting is also designed to solicit comments from stakeholders on the proposed rules, inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data and other information to the rulemaking dockets), and respond to questions about the proposed rules.

The Federal Register announcement of the meetings can be found on the link here:

The meetings will be held at: 

Crown Plaza Portland
Downtown Convention Center
1441 NE 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97232
Contact Information:  For questions about registering for the meeting, to register orally, or to submit a notice of participation by mail, fax or email: Courtney Treece, Planning Professionals, Ltd., 1210 W. McDermott, Suite 111, Allen, TX 75013, telephone: 704-258-4983, fax: 469-854-6992, e-mail:

For general questions about the Meeting or for special accommodations due to a disability, contact: Juanita Yates, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, telephone: 240-402-1731, e-mail:

NOTE: A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Crown Plaza Downtown Convention Center in Portland, OR. Additional information is provided on the meeting registration site.

Please note the following important dates:

·         March 8, 2013: Deadline for verbal comments
·         March 8, 2013: Deadline for special accommodations due to a disability
·         March 18, 2013: Deadline for advance registration
·         May 16, 2013: Deadline to submit either electronic or written comments to FDA's Division of Dockets Management; for the proposed rule on Preventive Controls see Docket No. FDA-2011-N-09208 and for the proposed rule on Produce Safety Standards see Docket No. FDA-2011-N-09219



Planning for the 2013 IFSA Annual Conference & Exhibition is well underway. Mark your calendars to join IFSA in Anaheim, California in Hall B of the Anaheim Convention Center from September 9-11, 2013. IFSA will co-locate for the fourth consecutive year with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

Exhibit booths are going fast, reserve your space 

The exhibit booths for the 2013 IFSA Exhibition are selling fast! Exhibiting at the IFSA Conference & Exhibition is a great way to meet customers and attract valuable prospects. Don’t miss out, if you are interested in reserving a booth, contact Eric Skates at As a reminder, 2013 Membership Dues must be paid in full before you may select exhibit space for the 2013 Exhibition.

If you have any questions about your current membership status, please contact IFSA Headquarters (404) 252-3663 or

To view the 2013 IFSA Exhibition floorplan, click here. IFSA will be located adjacent to the APEX EXPO in Hall B. To view the 2013 Exhibitor Prospectus, click here.

As the 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition approaches, visit the IFSA website often for conference details, exhibitor information, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information. You can also visit the IFSA Facebook Fan Page often for key updates.

Remember, IFSA is your one stop shop for food, amenities, and services related to the customer experience onboard aircraft and trains worldwide!

Thank you to our current 2013 Conference sponsors


Harvey Alpert & Company and The Coca-Cola Company


AMI Inflight
McGuire & Associates

D & F Marketing
FedEx Express
Michael J. Devine & Associates
Treasury Wine Estates
United Airlines 
Wente Vineyards

Great Western Beef Company
King Nut Companies
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Ellen Hoy at

2013 Membership Renewal Notices

By now, you should have received the 2013 Membership Dues Renewal notices from IFSA Headquarters. The invoices were distributed to the primary and alternate contacts listed for each member company via email.

In 2013, IFSA members can continue to look forward to: 

·         IFSA Annual Conference and Exhibition to take place September 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, once again co-located with APEX
·         Onboard IFSA, our monthly electronic newsletter, will continue to keep you abreast of industry and Association news delivered directly to your desktop
·         Online access to the World Food Safety Guidelines, an authoritative, widely recognized and comprehensive set of standards and benchmarks to assist the industry in developing robust food safety management systems against which responsible, meaningful and objective auditing may be conducted worldwide
·         Access to the interactive IFSA Membership Directory, available on the IFSA Web site (
Exhibitors: 2013 IFSA Membership Dues are due in full before you reserve booth space at the 2013 IFSA Annual Conference & Exhibition.

Please advise IFSA if there have been recent personnel changes within your company and you have not received a 2013 Membership Renewal notice.

Do you know of anyone that could benefit from an IFSA membership?

Help spread the word! Point potential members to and let them learn all about IFSA.



Download your IFSA member button today
Each year, current IFSA member companies receive a membership button to place on their website. This button illustrates to visitors to your website your company's dedication and commitment to advance the onboard services industry. The button also directs people back to the IFSA website if they want to learn more about the organization. Click here to download your 2013 Membership button today.
Voting is currently open for the 2013 Passenger Choice Awards

Do you want your airline or airline customers to be recognized as one of the best by passengers from all over the world? The Passenger Choice Awards were created by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) to give voice to airline passengers. Winners are chosen based on passenger feedback, and are announced at the Passenger Choice Awards Gala scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9 during the co-located Annual Conference & Exhibition. You can help get your airline in the running by ensuring your customers participate in the survey. Click here to take the survey today. 

Learn more about IFSA industry media partners

For opportunities with any of IFSA’s industry media partners, click here.

Industry Calendar of Events

World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo
April 9-11, 2013
Hamburg, Germany
APEX TV Market Conference
April 29-May 1, 2013
Lisbon, Portugal
IFSA Annual Conference & Exhibition
(Co-located with the Airline Passenger Experience Association)
September 9-11, 2013
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California