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November IFSA OnBoard: January Regional Event Information, GAEC Update and More!

Monday, January 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Blackstock
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November 2019
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IFSA Winter Regional Event
IFSA will kick off 2020 with its Regional Event at the Wreck Room in San Francisco on Monday, 20 January. The event is held in conjunction with the Winter Fancy Food Show. Plan to join industry colleagues at this informal event to build relationships and learn more about how IFSA can benefit you and your business.
Registration is FREE for IFSA members!
Additionally, there are Regional Event sponsorship opportunities available for $1,000, which include:
  • Opportunity to distribute samples or product giveaways
  • Logo on Regional Event signage and website
  • Logo in email blast(s) sent to membership regarding the Regional Event in San Francisco
  • Official recognition at the event
For more information about this sponsorship opportunity or to showcase your product at the Regional Event, contact Nicole Blackshear at +1.678.303.3021
 Membership Renewal Reminder
It is membership renewal time! All 2019 IFSA memberships will expire on 31 December. Renew now to assure that you and your company still receive access to member benefits such as government affairs and advocacy efforts, newsletters, the searchable online membership directory, regional networking events, EXPO and more. For more information about the dues renewal process, please click the button below.
 IFSA Award Spotlight
Clip Limited was awarded the 2020 IFSA Award for Best Onboard Amenity for its JetBlue Mint amenity kits. This award recognizes an amenity that provides an enhanced onboard passenger experience through its content, form, function and quality.
These JetBlue Mint amenity kits are more than meets the eye, including personal care products like hand lotion, lip balm and towelettes packaged in chic and reusable travel pouches. The award-winning kits are available to passengers in JetBlue's Mint suites.
Congratulations, Clip Limited!
FTE-APEX Asia Event Recap
IFSA recently attended the FTE-APEX Asia EXPO in Singapore, an event which drew a crowd of more than 1,000 delegates from across Asia and beyond. The purpose of FTE-APEX Asia was to contemplate the future of aviation and how to assist airlines and airports in improving end-to-end customer experience. IFSA members were well represented at the Onboard Hospitality Forum Asia, which featured inflight catering, wellbeing, design and innovation specialists. Additionally, the event featured a range of education sessions, including one that addressed sustainability, corporate social responsibility and environmental priorities. On this panel, IFSA Executive Director Lauren Costello was joined by Monty’s Bakehouse CEO Matt Crane and SATS Head of Global Supply Chain Dino Pertsinidis, along with Onboard Hospitality Editor Julie Baxter as moderator.
 Government Affairs & Education Committee Update
IFSA's Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) monitors global regulatory and legislative issues impacting the industry. These are the latest updates:
  • IFSA Attends FDA Meeting on Food Safety & Develops Comments:IFSA participated in the 21 October Public Meeting hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a modern approach the agency calls, “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that seeks to strengthen the FDA’s protection of the U.S. food supply by creating a more digital, traceable, system. Following the meeting, IFSA drafted comments to submit to the meeting docket which outline key considerations for which the FDA should account to ensure the airline and airline catering industry can adapt to new technologies or processes that the FDA wishes to integrate as part of their oversight of U.S. food safety.
  • IFSA Attends Stakeholder Meeting in Brussels on Single-Use Plastics Issue:IFSA continues to address the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive in the European Union (EU), which will ban products for which alternatives exist on the market, such as single-use plastic cutlery, plates, and items made of oxo-degradable plastics, by the year 2021. On 18 October, IFSA staff attended a stakeholder workshop hosted by the European Commission (EC) in Brussels, Belgium, which focused on the definitions that fall under the SUP Directive. IFSA also coordinated with and continues to be engaged with the Airline Catering Association (ACA) in the EU regarding such matters. The EC is now working on developing formal guidelines, which may be used by EU Member States as a ‘reference point’ when implementing the SUP Directive, and for which IFSA is continuing to be consulted as a relevant stakeholder.
For more information about government affairs activities and the Government Affairs and Education Committee, please contact Michelle Smolarski at For EU related items, please contact Margaux Rundstadler at