Below is the planned list of events for the WNYIFT year. Please note that dates and locations may be subject to change. Click on the event info link for detailed information.

Northeast IFT section (NEIFT) would like to invite WNYIFT members to attend a webnairThe Power of Red Seeds for a Healthier You hosted by Ocean Spray on May 4, 2021, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST. To learn more about the event and regiester the event through this link.

WNYIFT Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship During A Pandemic: Challenges and How To Navigate Through

WNYIFT board hosted a virtual panel discussion on Zoom with Jason Goodman from Antithesis Foods and Amy Grace Funcik from AUXA to discuss the impact, challenges, and opportunities for food entrepreneurship due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This event was held on Feb 3rd, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time. The link to the recording of this event can be accessed here.

   Jason Goodman

Jason is completing his Ph.D. in Food Science studying the intersection of Taste, Diet, and the Microbiome at Cornell University. While at Cornell, he co-founded Antithesis Foods, a food technology company working to make better-for-you foods through cutting edge food science. Their first product is Grabanzos, a crunchy chocolate snack powered by chickpeas. Prior to his work at Cornell, Jason worked in the pharmaceutical industry doing basic research on antibody drug development and neurological disease diagnostics.  He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Penn State University and is a native of Philadelphia.

     Amy Grace Funcik

Amy Grace Funcik holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in food science and technology from Clemson University, who is now the founder of AUXA. Envisioned while stranded on a sailboat in March of 2020, funded by a stimulus check, and motivated by a graduate degree, AUXA launched its first product, AUXA Mix, in May 2020 with the goal of making healthy eating easier for everyone. AUXA Mix is a dry grain and seed mixture that can be added to just about anything for added nutrients.


WNYIFT Food Expo has been cancelled in 2020 due to pandemic impact of COVID-19; however, we look forward to meeting everyone in Fall 2021 (exact dates TBD). The event is held annually at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The day will start with technical seminars, followed with complimentary luncheon and supplier exhibits. Be sure to enter the drawing of Door Prize Scavenger Hunt while walking on the show flour to meet awesome exhibitors and attendees. The WNYIFT Food Expo will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with industry trends, talk with suppliers of food ingredients, equipment and services and meet with our fellows of the Western New York food industry!  More detail and register info will be updated soon.

More events:

WNYIFT will be holding several Networking events and a dinner meeting. Watch your email for details!

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