Planning is well underway for the 2016 IFSA Conference & Expo in the Windy City of Chicago from Sept. 19-21. As always, we are working on an exciting agenda filled with informational sessions and a variety of networking and social events. This is always a motivating week filled with energy that I know all of our members look forward to each year!
There will be much to look forward to at the 2016 IFSA Conference & Expo as it’s already shaping up to be a record breaking year for the tradeshow floor with over 180 booths sold as of July 1. IFSA has worked to bring new initiatives to the conference. To highlight some of the innovations in the industry, we will introduce the “New Product Showcase” as well as a live “Ask the Expert” Q&A session hosted by the Government Affairs and Education Committee booth. We will also have events and experiences that are IFSA member favorites. Look for the annual Chefs Competition where a new Best In-Flight executive chef will be named for 2016 and the crowd pleasing Craft Beef Tasting experience.
In other IFSA news we are looking at another record break year for IFSA’s Scholarship Foundation program. With over 100 entries and the highest amount of scholarship funding to date - we are excited to announce all scholarship recipients in the upcoming months.
The Government Affairs & Education Committee (GAEC) has had a busy 2016 with the release of the 4th edition of the World Food Safety Guidelines (WFSG), a comprehensive guide to assist the onboard industry in meeting and exceeding food safety standards, available for download at IFSAnet.com in English and Spanish. We encourage all of you to share the free download information with your colleagues.
Our industry is ever-changing and imminent changes are on the horizon for food labeling and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Fortunately for IFSA members, our GAEC, with the help of legal counsel, is working hard advocating for our members. Please visit our Ask the Expert page on our website if you have questions prior to the conference and make sure to visit the GAEC booth during expo. The committee will also be hosting an educational session about the WFSG at the conference on Sept. 19.
One of my goals as IFSA President is to help create solutions and opportunities for our airline, catering, and supplier members. I enjoy working with each of you to make that goal a reality for all of us at IFSA. Our members are like family and the Association is here to support all members grow within the onboard food industry. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to IFSA. See you in Chicago this September!