who are we?

  • Food Industry's Most Exciting & Dynamic Networking Group

  • 8 Consecutive Years of Record Growth

  • 8 Consecutive Years as IFT "Section of Excellence"

  • Food & Ingredients Industry Trade Show "Supplier's Night" Expo is routinely sold out with hundreds of Attendees & Exhibitors from all over the country 

  • No Need to Be a Scientist to join our Community! Members come from Sales, Purchasing, Supply Chain, and other fields. 

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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT.org) is a global community of food industry professionals who advance the business and science of food. The IFT Florida Section connects 500+ members across Florida with other food professionals, sharing knowledge and developing relationships. Join IFT: CLICK HERE


Meet The Team

Paulina Widger

IFT Florida Chair

National Sales Director

Ingredients Inc

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Luis Martinez

Suppliers Night Chair

Vice President, Research & Innovation

DariFair Foods

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Ariana Frangos


Customer Development Manager

Caldic, USA

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Aaron Huckabee


Director of Sales, Eurofins Technologies North America

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Kimberly Bell

Director at Large

National Sales Director

Evergreen Sweeteners

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Allison Chandler


Product Performance Lab Manager, Merieux NutriSciences

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Sharim Lane

Networking & New Professionals

Product Development Manager Bloomin Brands

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Sharen Jean-Baptiste

Director at Large

Analytical Chemist

Merieux NutriSciences

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Molly Hicks


Product Development Manager Bloomin Brands

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Lorenzo Puentes

Director at Large

Management Executive

Merieux NutriSciences

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Philippe Dusser

South Florida Coordinator

Sales Executive


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John Chambers

Golf Outing Coordinator

Product Management & Technical Support at AIC

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Hunter Prater

Director at Large

Senior Staffing Consultant at Korn ferry

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William Melnyczenko

Director at Large

Director of Sales at

Q Laboratories

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Section of Excellence

12107 67th CT

Largo, FL  33773

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