a non-profit professional organization for the support of the food industry in
Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Welcome to the Northeast Section of the Institute of Food Technologists,
a professional society for the food industry, encompassing Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine. The depth of knowledge, diversity, and technology that is represented by the people and companies of this region is extensive. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, you can be sure to learn something through the interesting people, informative speakers, and outstanding tours that the programming committee presents each year.

We welcome any comments or questions and look forward to hearing from anyone interested in participating on any committee, making phone calls or sharing ideas for future meetings. Please feel free to contact anyone on the Executive Board, using the link above.



Firefly's BBQ
Wednesday March 22, 2023
5-8 PM 
Social Hour 5-6 PM
Dinner 6 PM
Scholarship awards
to follow.

Scholarship app deadline for students  is February 10th this year! 

Meeting Registration HERE!

Congratulations to our 2022

NEIFT Scholarship Recipients!

First Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award

Minh Khue Ho – University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Shirley Barber Scholarship Award

Michelle Lopez – Johnson & Wales University

Undergraduate Scholarship Award  
Kanon Kobata – University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Melvin Darack Award

Brian Zhang – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Graduate Scholarship Award  
Christina Wormald – University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Suppliers’ Award

William Wolf - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Meetha Nesam James – University of Maine

Ipek Bayram – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Minji Kim - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

NEIFT awarded over $17,000 in scholarship this year.  This scholarship program represents the significant investment and commitments from NEIFT to our future food scientists and technologists and recognition of excellent food science programs in the region. 

Thanks to our
Student Support Donors!

Emmanouil Apostolidi

Lynne M. Ausman

Francis Joseph Boero

Johanna Dwyer

Mary Beth Gangloff

Kristen Girard

Brian Harper

Lori Banks Keller

Luther Leake

Vinay Mannam

Michael McDermott

Gretchen Mueller

Peter Rubenstein

Katie Spurlock

Hosted By:  Puratos and Irish Brewing Boston

  83 Morse St, Norwood MA

(Puratos and Irish Brewing are neighbors in the Norwood Space Center)

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Details and Meeting Reservation


NE/NY/Philly Regions of the RCA
Culinary Event
April 28-30th
Portland, Maine

Registration Info Here 

Annual Food Industry Expo
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
DCU Center
Worcester, MA

Head to our Events page for full info on upcoming meetings.
Career Opportunities

Check our '
Career Opportunities'

Page for new listings!

Regional News

We said goodbye on January 10, 2021 to Mike Sanna, a longtime member of the NEIFT and friend. Details can be found at Michael Sanna - Obituary - Abington, MA - Blanchard Funeral Chapel | CurrentObituary.com

Michael was a graduate of UMASS Amherst, part of the fraternity Lamda Chi Alpha. It was there he co-authored a book with Dr. Francis, and graduated with his Bachelor's in Food Science. He later went on to graduate from Bridgewater State with a Bachelor's in Education. Years later, he was a columnist for the South Shore News, and proudly wrote the column "Let's Talk about Food." In addition, he was an officer in IFT (Institute ofl Food Technologists). Michael also worked at James O. Welch as a Candy Technologist, and later worked for Ocean Spray in Hanson. He was a Food Scientist at Brady Enterprises for 51 years.


It is with a heavy heart that we must notify our members and friends that Mark J. Moisey passed away on December 22, 2020. A beautiful soul gone too soon. Here are complete details and a lovely Tribute: https://lnkd.in/gJcprKA (courtesy of NYIFT)

Toni Ruth Manning, 73, of Shelburne Falls passed away on Thursday October 8, 2020. She was the owner and founder of TRM Food Consultants

Toni was born on October 17, 1946, in Greenfield, MA, the daughter of the late Farley A. Manning and Ruth F. Koegel.

Toni attended Stoneleigh-Burnham school and received her degree in food science from UMass and her MBA from the University of Baltimore. She had a distinguished career in the food industry business while living in Baltimore but ultimately returned home to Shelburne Falls. Her passions were traveling and developing gluten free recipes with her ultimate goal to publish a cookbook.

Toni was an active member in her community and donated countless hours of her time serving on various boards/ committees. She was a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier of Boston and Baltimore/Washington, a member of Research Chefs Association of New England and Northeast section IFT

She is survived by her cat Vinny and her cousin June Willson Kennedy and her family. She was the beloved step Aunt to Becky Magee, Kristen Stewart and her family, and step sister in law Jeanne Elliott.


Scholarship Opportunity from NEIFT

  • The Northeast Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (NEIFT) is excited to continue to offer scholarships this year!
  • Eligibility

First year undergraduate, undergraduate, and graduate students attending a school or university in the NEIFT section region (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI)
Be enrolled in a Food Science, Culinary Arts, or related field



IFT and NEIFT member, OR  be on the NEIFT mailing list by Dec 31, 2022
February 10, 2023 - Application and ALL supporting material must be received by emailing neiftscholarship@gmail.com

For application materials and instructions, please visit the NEIFT website:


For more information, please contact:    

  • Meredith Geraghty
  • NEIFT Scholarship Chair     
  • Email: neiftscholarship@gmail.com

Please Note: To ensure fairness to all applicants, the scholarship committee will only consider application materials from the present scholarship period: January 2022 -December 2022. Reference to achievements from before this time period will not be considered.

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