The Future is Here and It Tastes Great!

Learn about the flavor trends arriving now and those still on their way. See what’s being discovered in the classroom and tinkered with in the kitchen. Hear and taste what some of the newest flavor combinations and sweetening systems can mean for the consumer’s palate.

Convention Program

Thursday, October 25

2:30-4 p.m. Registration
4 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Friday, October 26

7:30 Breakfast
8:30-noon Educational Sessions:

Academic Panel --

“Flavor Opportunities
Within the Cannabis Market”

Chef Demonstration: “Chocolate- Covered Millennials”
with tastings

12:30 Lunch on the beach
1:30 Fishing competition/Kayak tours
(registration required)
6:30 Networking Reception

Saturday, October 27

7:40 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Membership Meeting
8:45-noon Educational Sessions:

Future of Food Law

"The Future of Flavors with
Sweeteners” Chef Demonstration

“Flavor Trends of the Future” and tastings
12 Noon Golfer’s Lunch (must be registered to golf)
12:30 p.m. Golf Outing
5 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:10 p.m. Buses to Marina Jack’s Dinner
Boat Cruise

In and Around Sarasota

Mote Marine Laboratory * Fine Dining * Pristine white sand beaches *
Art Galleries * Marie Selby Botanical Gardens * The Ringling Museum Complex * St. Armands Circle with 150+ shops and restaurants


Vice President, Science, Tarukino
“Flavor Opportunities Within the Cannabis Market”
The cannabis sector is exploding beyond medical and into recreational markets. First-time users prefer an edible platform over combustion, giving way to a huge opportunity for innovation for flavoring. Mr. Riefler will review the market as it looks today and then offer an overview of the cannabis extracts of interest (CBD, THC, Terpenes, etc), focusing on those used within edibles: their nature; roles and functionality; unmet needs of the market; opportunities for the flavor industry and related challenges within the edible space.

Hospitality Performance Partners
“Chocolate-Covered Millennials”
Chef John Noble Masi will present a lively discussion, demonstration and tasting on chocolate and its several varieties. Chef Masi will discuss the latest in chocolate trends, ways to market the increasing recognized health benefits of chocolate and focus particular attention on flavors and strategies to appeal to one of our most influential buying groups: Millennials. Please come Chef Masi will invite you to try some of his delicious chocolate treats that will reflect the trends that will be discussed.

Vice President of Quality & Technical Support, Apura Ingredients, Inc.
“The Future of Flavors with Sweeteners”
The use of flavors is paramount for those companies scrambling to release new products in the low/no calorie category. Mr. Kenny will discuss how the flavor systems are being developed and used to improve taste profiles of low/no calorie sweeteners and to effectively reduce the usage levels of all sweeteners. This presentation will conclude with a taste comparison between beverages sweetened with a traditional sweetener system as well as those that have been flavor-enhanced.

President, Citrus & Allied Essences Ltd.
“The History of the Safety of Flavor Ingredients”
An interactive lecture being made available to NAFFS volunteers to offer at colleges and universities to spread the word about the safety of flavors.

CEC, CCE, AAC Culinary Program Director at Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School
“Flavor Trends of the Future”
Food and Culture are a driving force in determining the eating trends in our industry. Join Chef Tanner as he demonstrates the growing Food and Culture trends that are driving the desires of consumers today. We will taste a variety of on-trend ingredient flavors and dishes and discuss how they can be relevant in the Consumer Package Goods and Foodservice industries. This can help us determine how we can bring an authentic food experience to guests and consumers.

Partner, Scarinci & Hollenbeck
Legal & Regulatory Update
Mr. McNamara will speak on some of the latest court cases involving new legislation, court rulings, & new regulations impacting the flavor industry. From there he will peek into the future of food law and share his insight on how the current administration might impact that future.

Academic Panel

Professor and Chair, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire

Christopher Tanner and John Noble Masi will also be presenting in the Academic Panel.

Professor of Food Chemistry, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois

Associate Publisher, Perfumer & Flavorist
Perfumer & Flavorist magazine brings more than a century of expertise to the latest insights in formulation and applications, raw materials (aroma chemicals, essential oils, flavor ingredients, extracts, spices) and other natural and synthetic materials.

Ms. Crist will serve as moderator and help shine a light on the FLAVOR trends seen by our Food Science and Culinary professors and how they see them presenting in the consumer market.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sarasota makes for a great slate of outdoor activities, and the NAFFS attendees are known for making the most of them all. Sponsor one of these favorite memories and take part yourself! Everyone attends the Beach Luncheon, convenient to all activities and served out on the sand by resort staff, there are three sponsorships available for this fun event. And then it’s choose your favorite fun-in-the-sun: Sponsor the golf outing, the fishing competition, kayak tour or the volleyball on the beach.

Golf is a sure hit at Longboat Key. Companies have many ways to sponsor this popular event. There’s a beverage cart, a golfer’s lunch and the sought-after 18 holes of sponsor signage on the course.

See the website on ways to get more out of your attendance at the NAFFS convention or have a daily presence there even if you are unable to attend.

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise Aboard 
Marina Jack

Make sure your sponsorship is remembered throughout the year to come. The Saturday night event sponsorship opportunities are available for everything from Dinner Cruise Sponsors, to each of the individual details that make this event so special. See the website for more detailed information.


Dinner Cruise Sponsors

Citrus & Allied Essences, Ltd.

Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc.

                                                  Kalsec, Inc.

Dessert Sponsors
Bontoux, Inc.

Beach Luncheon Sponsors
Vigon International

Boat Sponsors
Flavor Dynamics, Inc.
Global Essence

Golfer's Luncheon Sponsor
Vigon International

Golf Hole Sponsors
Flavor Solutions, Inc.
Gold Coast Ingredients, Inc.
Pearlchem Corporation
Sethness Products Company
Vigon International

Whittle & Mutch

Musician Sponor

Astral Extracts, Ltd.

Transportation Sponsors
Comax Flavors

Volleyball Sponsor
MCI Miritz Citrus Intercontinental LLC

Kayak Trip Sponsor
Citrus & Allied Essences Ltd.

Mission Flavors, Inc.

Corporate Sponsors
Beck Flavors
Global Essence          Whittle & Mutch      FONA International       iniTECH, Inc.
Robertet USA             Flavor Solutions         Omega Ingredients
Sethness Products Company                    Pearlchem Corporation
Gold Coast Ingredients, Inc.                        Sosland Publishing Co.

Travel Discounts


A travel discount has been negotiated with United Airlines. United offers discounts off published fares of 2 percent to 10 percent or zone fares. To save an additional 3 percent, book online at and enter your Offer Code ZYF9365901 in the Offer Code Box when searching for your flights. Booking online avoids the $25 service fee collected per ticket through United Meetings Reservations. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please refer to Z-Code ZFES and Agreement Code 731567. Attendees from outside the United States may also request a reservation via e-mail at Airports: Tampa International (62 miles), Sarasota/Bradenton (8.5 miles)

Car Rental Discounts

Dollar has been appointed the official car rental company for the NAFFS Annual Convention in Longboat Key, Fla. For reservations, call 1-800-800-4000 or you can make reservations online at Be sure to use your Corporate Discount # CC1040.

Hotel Reservations – The Resort at Longboat Key Club

NAFFS is no stranger to The Resort at Longboat Key Club – a AAA Four-Diamond, beachfront resort secluded on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort is offering special rates to NAFFS convention attendees. Rates are $265 for a beach-view room, $265 for a lagoon-view junior suite, $285 for a beach-view junior suite; $410 for a beach-view 1-bedroom suite; $440 for a beach-view 2-bedroom suite and $475 for a beach-view deluxe 2-bedroom suite. Visit to book your room NAFFS Annual Convention or call 800-237-8821. Rooms go fast – book early!

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Fax: 732-922-3590

3301 Route 66
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