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NAFFS Winter Meeting

  • 18 Feb 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Nanina's In The Park, Belleville, NJ
  • 16


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National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems




NAFFS Winter Meeting


A Taste of Innovation

by Bacardi


Thursday, February 18, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Nanina's In The Park

540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ

Join us for an exciting, interactive program where you will taste your way through innovation - Bacardi Style.


Attendees will hear firsthand how Bacardi innovation occurs on three different levels:

•    Exploring how the North American R&D group blazes the innovation trail,
•    Citing a case study on new brand development,
•    Offering insight into Bacardi’s new high-energy marketing campaign ‘House Party’

You are sure to gain savvy business insight for new trends, product development, ingredient selection and so much more during this interactive presentation. Don’t miss the opportunity to be able to see, feel and taste how these ideas have come to life!



Andy del Rosal is the Vice President & Managing Director of Bacardi-Martini Product Development in Jacksonville, Fla. Andy has had a passion for understanding the source of innovation and creativity and how it can be captured and structured with the aim of sharing it institutionally.  He has a BS degree in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Andy has worked in the food and beverage industry since 1994. His first 4 years in the industry were spent living in Torino, Italy where he learned to appreciate good food and good wine. Andy has worked for Bacardi on and off over the past 21 years.  In 2008 he left Bacardi for Cargill in Minneapolis where he spent 4 years as the head of the beverage applications group. Andy followed this up with 15 months at Pernod-Ricard as the director of new product development in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, where he started up Pernod USA’s NPD group. Over the years Andy has worked in various roles from quality control, to production to bottling to new product development. Andy is also a member of the American Chemical Society, FEMA, DISCUS, IFT and ISBT.

Shelley Menze is a Senior Beverage Scientist at Bacardi-Martini Product Development in Jacksonville, Fla. Shelley enjoys blending art and science and has craftily created new products for the food and beverage industry since 2000. She received two BS degrees from Texas A&M University in human nutrition and food science & technology along with a MS from Kansas State University in food science and technology. In her 16 years of research and development, she has worked for Teagasc (The agriculture and food development authority in Dublin, Ireland), SoPakCo Foods in South Carolina, ConAgra Foods in Omaha, and now for Bacardi in Jacksonville. New products and innovation are Shelley’s passion. She has crossed categories to create new products in many food genres such as MREs, frozen meals, shelf stable confectionary toppings, and canned soups. Coming to Bacardi in 2009, Shelley has had the opportunity to work with all core Bacardi brands in low and high proof along with many new innovations.  Shelley is a member of IFT.

Hotel Rooms: Rooms have been blocked at the Residence Inn Marriott on 800 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, N.J. A special room rate of $199 plus tax per night has been negotiated by NAFFS for those staying at this hotel. This special rate is guaranteed for reservations made by January 27, 2016 or until our block is filled so we strongly suggest you make reservations as soon as possible.  To reserve your room at the discounted rate, call 1-800-MARRIOTT and be sure to identify yourself as part of the National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems group.


Advanced Biotech
Astral Extracts Ltd.
Bedoukian Research Inc
Bontoux, Inc.
Citrus & Allied Essences Ltd.
Frutarom, Inc.
iniTECH Inc.
Pharmachem Labs
Savoury Systems International, Inc.
Sethness Products Company
Scarinci & Hollenbeck, LLC
TIC Gums, Inc.

Win Pairing Sponsors
Bell Flavors & Fragrances
MCI Miritz Citrus Intercontinental LLC    

Breakfast Sponsors
Flavor & Fragrance Specialties    
Global Essence, Inc.

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