Welcome to the Western New York Section of the Institute of Food Technologists


WNYIFT is one of 53 regional sections of the IFT organization, a non-profit scientific society with 17,000 members. The section includes members from Western and Central New York State.

The members of the Western New York IFT are professionals involved in all segments of the food industry, academia and government. Our members represent all areas of the food industry, from packaging to manufacturing to research & development and beyond.

(Letter from Western New York Chair)

Dear Members, Patrons, Exhibitors and Students of the Western New York IFT Section,


On behalf of the Board of WNYIFT section, it gives me an immense pleasure to inform that the WNYIFT Food Industry Expo 2022 event is happening in-person on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at the Convention Center, Rochester, NY. We thank you for your patience during the past two years of uncertainties and unprecedented challenges.

As you are aware, we had to pivot and change the formats of several annual and quarterly events to ensure the safety of our attendees and organizers. However, with your continued support, we were able to host two in-person events and two virtual events in 2021-22, all in-accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines established by CDC and local authorities. Please see the list of events below:

EventDateMeeting type
WNYIFT Webinar with Auxa and Garbanzos02/03/2021Virtual
Golf Tournament at Ravenwood09/21/2021In-person
Cornell Students Meet & Greet11/11/2021Virtual
Networking Mixer – WNYIFT members and non-members12/09/2021In-person
WNYIFT Food Industry Expo03/22/2022In-person (upcoming)

We are thrilled to note that we have a lot more planned for this year and we look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming in-person and virtual events. Please join our LinkedIn page (https://www.linkedin.com/company/wnyift/) to receive invitations and updates from our team.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to email us at WesternNewYorkIFT@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you. Thank you for your continued support.


Shashank Gaur, PhD Chair,

Western New York IFT Section


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With professionals in industry, academia and government, we strive to promote all aspects of food technology.  We are proud to be recognized as a 2017 – 2018 IFT Section of Merit!

Whether you are a new student or a seasoned professional, you will benefit from being a member of WNYIFT. Meetings occur several times throughout the year (check out the Events page) for fun and informative evenings with outstanding speakers and tours. These events provide you with the opportunity to network, be active in your local area and enjoy gourmet cuisine.

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WNYIFT is happy to announce that our section was being recognized as a 2017-2018 Section of Merit!


This recognition symbolizes the section’s commitment to IFT, section members, and the food science and technology profession. The events held throughout the year, exemplary volunteer service, excellence in leadership and dedication to the food science and technology profession demonstrate ongoing devotion to ensuring that the sections will flourish for years to come.