who are we?

  • The Food Industry's Most Exciting & Dynamic Networking Group

  • 10 Consecutive Years of Record Growth & "Section of Excellence"

  • Our "Suppliers Night" Food Industry Expo routinely sells out with 100's of Exhibitors from all over the country 

  • Not a community of only scientists: members come from Purchasing, Sales, Supply Chain, and more!  

  • Join Us at any of our 5 Annual Events!

  • Connect with Us:  Email List HERE or acebook, Instagram or LinkedIn

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




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Russ Widger



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Ariana Frangos


Customer Development Manager

Caldic, USA

  • Ariana Frangos

Luis Martinez

Suppliers Night Chair

Vice President, Research & Innovation

Rubix Foods

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Aaron Huckabee


Director of Sales, Eurofins Technologies North America

  • Aaron Huckabee
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Marika Lodle


Food Scientist

The National Food Lab, Inc.

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Sarah Hall

Member at Large

Food Scientist

Eurofins Sensory, Consumer, and Product Research

  • Sarah Hall
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Hunter Prater

Member at Large

Scientific Recruiter

at Jobot

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William Melnyczenko, Q Laboratories

William Melnyczenko

Member at Large

Digital Solutions at

Mérieux NutriSciences

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John Chambers, AIC

John Chambers

Golf Outing Coordinator

Product Management & Technical Support at AIC

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Sharim Lane

Networking & New Professionals

Product Development Manager Bloomin Brands

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Round Podium

Open Position

South Florida Coordinator

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Beige Podium

Open Position

Member at Large

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Marisabel Martinez

Suppliers Night Coordinator

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Carolina Krivoy

Student Representative

UF Food Science

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Amaris Turner

Student Representative

Florida A&M University

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