Upcoming Meetings

Networking, Presentations and More!

We have monthly meetings September to May at various venues of interest. The meetings provide time for networking, presentations by guest speakers and dinner. View Presentation materials from our meetings by clicking on the Presentations selection to the left.

March 18, 2021: Product Development and Beyond - A Panel Discussion
April 22, 2021: Top Golf Board Meeting & Scholarship Fundraiser
May: Suppliers' Night Registration Open for Exhibitors
October 6, 2021: Top Golf Suppliers' Night Tournament
October 7, 2021: LIFT Suppliers' Night 2021

Past Presentations

May 21, 2020: Lunch & Learn - Yes - Covid-19 will Impact Your Food Safety System

May 14, 2020: Lunch & Learn - Impact of the Pandemic on Your Job Search

Apr. 29, 2020: Lunch & Learn - Consumer Sentiment in the Midst of the Pandemic

Apr. 23, 2020: Lunch & Learn - Face Mask Donning and Doffing

Apr. 16, 2020: Lunch & Learn - Labelling Allowances - Moving From Foodservice to Retail

Feb. 20, 2020: Speaker: Richard Duncan - CEO and Chief Roaster at Addison Coffee Roasters. - “The Art and Science of Great Coffee” Download Presentation HERE.

Sept. 19, 2019:

Speaker:Dr. Elizabeth Sloan, President of Sloan Trends Inc. - "Navigating the Food Trends Minefield."

- Download BIo HERE

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March 21, 2019:

Speaker: Mary Christ-Erwin "Food is a Four-Letter Word" - Download Presentation HERE

Speaker Bio: Mary Christ-Erwin leads Porter Novelli's food issues and policy work. Her experience in issues and product and organizational positioning has been integral to clients ranging from The Walt Disney Corporation to the Florida Department of Citrus.
 Navigating today's food landscapes requipres significant insight into current and emerging consumer, business and policy trends. Translation of science and the challenges and opportunities inherent in today's food conversation into influencer and consumer communications is a hallmark of Mary's work.
A frequent speaker on development and communication of food-related messages, Mary is an advisor to the annual Consumer Federation of America Food Policy Conference. She is a member of the IFT, ASN and in 2009, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics granted Mary the highest honor for non-members -- honorary membership in the Academy - in recognition of her contribution to advancing the profession and was named to the Board of the Academy Foundation in 2012. 

LIFT Suppliers Night 2018 - Technical Sessions:

Communication with Chefs - Download Presentation
Natural Antioxidants - Dowmload Presentation
Minimizing Microbial Contamination from Environmental Pathogens - Download Presentation

March 22, 2018:

Speaker: Richard LeBoucher - R&D Director, Puratos Corporation.
Speaker Bio: Master of Biochemistry applied to Bakery science.
Started with Puratos in France in 1994 as R&D. Was in charge of R&D for Puratos France for 8 years. Moved to the US in 2002 to lead the Bread R&D Group before taking over the whole R&D group. Moved to our West Coast facility in 2011 with the mission to build an R&D pole. Main expertise is on bread and in particular on the technologies related to improvers/dough conditioners.
Specialty is enzyme technologies and how to use them to deliver specific attributes in bread.
Contact Details:rleboucher@puratos.com

Download PDF of Presentation HERE.

January 18, 2018:

Presenter: Grant Prentice, Director of Strategic Insights, Food Minds LLC
Presented: The Changing Psychology of Food Marketing – How Food Values are Affecting Marketing Content and Consumer Decisions
Bio: Grant Prentice is a Senior Vice President and Director of the Strategic Insights practice at FoodMinds. FoodMinds provides consulting and communications services specializing in harnessing science, public affairs, food values and communications to meet business and public health objectives. Grant specializes in strategic marketing and market research and has extensive experience in building marketing and issues management programs that utilize nutrition and agricultural science-based intellectual property.
Contact Details: gprentice@foodminds.com

Download PDF of Presentation HERE.