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IFSA at WTCE in Hamburg, APEX/IFSA Awards, EU Plastics Ban Updates, and More: April

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April 2019

IFSA Provides Thought Leadership at WTCE


IFSA CEO Joe Leader, the IFSA Board of Directors, members and staff attended the 2019 World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) in Hamburg, Germany in March. While onsite, the IFSA team connected with industry leaders through networking, business discussions and thought leadership opportunities.

Leader kicked off WTCE by moderating a panel of the industry's leading airline executives’ who shared insights on the current trends of sustainability, innovation, digital transformations and growth within the industry. Leader also represented IFSA and was featured as a subject matter expert on LSG’s panel session on sustainability.

In addition to participating in WTCE's thought leadership program, IFSA’s EU Task Force met to discuss key issues including the EU Single Use Plastics Ban and food contact materials. For more information, see the GAEC update below.

To join the IFSA EU Task Force, contact Madeline Jurch at+ or

IFSA Introduces New Awards Program to Honor Members


IFSA is excited to announce its new combined awards program, the APEX/IFSA Awards! IFSA and APEX's leadership have collaborated to bring you an amazing program and joint ceremony set to recognize members of IFSA and APEX for excellence and innovation in the air passenger experience and onboard service industries on 9 September 2019.

This historical transition will allow for an integrated celebration of exceptional services, and ground-breaking technologies our members contribute to the aviation industry. IFSA members are eligible to nominate winners and judges for four categories including:

· IFSA Award - Best Inflight Food or Beverage

· IFSA Award - Best Onboard Amenity

· APEX/IFSA Award - Best Cabin Innovation

· APEX/IFSA Award - Best Product or Service

Nominations for APEX/IFSA Award recipients and judges are due 1 June 2019.

For more information, please contact Kristi Johnson at +1.678.303.3009 or

IFSA 2019 Industry Events Survey Now Open!

IFSA wants to hear from you! The IFSA Ideation Committee is exploring new ideas for our 2020 regional event calendar and would like your input. Fill out the short survey below to have your voice heard and share information on additional industry events that you or your company would like to attend.


2019 IFSA Sponsorship Opportunities!

Optimize your presence at IFSA EXPO and year round with IFSA’s 2019 Sponsorship Kit. This kit highlights a suite of unique sponsorship opportunities, with a wide range of benefits geared toward increasing your brand’s awareness, attracting more prospects to your booth, or showcasing your latest products. Access the 2019 Sponsorship Kit today!

If you do not see a sponsorship opportunity that meets your company’s needs, custom packages are also available.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nicole Blackshear at +1.678.303.3021

Share the 2019 Foundation Scholarship Application today! Application Deadline 10 May


The IFSA Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 scholarship cycle.

Share this opportunity with your colleagues, HR departments, friends, and families to raise awareness about the Foundation’s 2019 scholarship. All applicants must submit completed applications by 10 May 2019.

To apply visit:

For more information, contact Kristi Johnson at +1.678.303.3009 or

Meet IFSA at the Summer Regional Event in New York City!


Join IFSA this summer in New York City for our Regional Event at Scandinavia House, just a short distance from Javits Convention Center! In tandem with the Summer Fancy Food Show, this year’s event will be held on Monday 24 June 2019 from 6pm to 8pm, where attendees have the opportunity and make new connections with the industry's leading distributors and fellow members. Register for this FREE event today!

 To showcase your product at this summer's Regional Event contact Nicole Blackshear at +1.678.303.3021 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Government Affairs & Education Committee Update

IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) monitors global regulatory and legislative issues impacting the industry. Check out the latest updates below:

· EU Single-Use Plastics Ban Update: On 27 March 2019, the European Parliament adopted the Single-Use Plastics Directive in order to reduce marine litter. To this purpose, the Directive bans several single-use plastics items, set recycling targets, impose compulsory labelling and marking on packaging and extend producers’ responsibility. The European Commission will have to provide guidance on aspects that are still unclear, such as what food and drink containers will have to be considered as single-use plastics.

· Food Contact Materials: IFSA will contribute to the Food Contact Materials Public Consultation, which is part of the current legislation re-evaluation undertaken by the European Commission, in order to share IFSA views on that matter.

IFSA will continue to monitor these issues, provide updates and guidance to its members.

For more information on GAEC, please contact Madeline Jurch at+ or

Save the Date for the 2019 IFSA EXPO!

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