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Important Announcements for IFSA Members

Thursday, April 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly McLendon
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April 2016

Important Announcements

IFSA wants to encourage more of our valued members to get involved with the association. Not sure how?

Join IFSA's Ideation Task Force: Do you have new ideas you would like to see implemented by IFSA? Want to volunteer in an arena that will strengthen your leadership skills? Then the Ideation Task Force is the place for you!

· Foundation Scholarship Program: The IFSA Foundation raised a record amount of scholarship funds for deserving students! If you know a student in need of financial assistance, be sure to encourage them to apply for an IFSA Scholarship. But HURRY because the application deadline is April 30! For eligibility requirements and directions on how to apply, click here!

· Mentorship Program:IFSA's Mentorship Program has a new session beginning in May and needs you to participate in this career development program. The four month program is a wonderful opportunity for senior members in our industry to pay it forward and help develop our future industry leaders. If you are interested in being either a mentor or a mentee, click "read more" below.

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Kelly McLendon via email at



New GAEC Consultants

The IFSA Board of Directors have invested in several resources to assist the industry with regulatory issues. One of the new available resources are three consultants who will be providing input to GAEC on a wide range of global regulatory and legislative issues impacting our member companies. Look for updates regarding issues such as allergen labeling and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act to assist with your company's compliance. Please click "read more" tolearn more about our three new consultants.

Annual Conference & Expo Updates

The IFSA team is hard at work planning each detail of the most anticipated event of the year - IFSA's Annual Conference & Expo! We can't wait to see all of our members in Chicago this year. Here are the latest updates we want to share:

· Exhibition Sales OpenedAPRIL 1

· Registration Opens MAY 1

We are now accepting applications for the crowd favorite - Chefs Competition! Application deadline is June 30. For more information click here.

Be sure to click "read more" for all of the latest information on the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo.





Neil Ylanan
Director of Quality & Food Safety of North America; LSG SkyChefs

Departure City: DFW

Menu Preference: For a longer trip a good cheese tray makes the flight and for shorter trips I take a Coke Zero and warm nuts!

Industry Experience: 15 years

IFSA Membership: 13 years

His Job: Ensuring compliance to corporate, regulatory and customer requirements. Oversee the processes of development, training and auditing of all the requirements that go into compliance.

Why IFSA: "I love having the ability to talk shop with others who understand the science and theory behind what we do. GAEC is aptly named 'the Geek Squad' for a reason!"

Want to nominate a person or company for IFSA's OnBoard Membership Spotlight? Email Natalie at