Beverages and Acid/Acidified Foods Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss and develop symposia on issues facing the beverages and acid/acidified foods industry.

Next Meeting

July 8, 2018
Salt Palace Convention Center | Salt Lake City, Utah

In conjunction with IAFP 2018

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Didi Loynachan,, for more information.


2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. The Board should instruct the Program Committee to prioritize PDG program ideas when developing the Annual Meeting program.

    Board Response: The Program Committee selects the best developed symposium submissions whether from PDGs or outside sources.

  2. PDGs should be alerted when a program idea is submitted by an individual or group (outside of the PDG) that would benefit from PDG affiliation/support.

    Board Response: With 27 PDGs and topic overlap, this is a near impossible feat.

  3. The Annual Meeting program (printed and online) should include sponsoring PDGs.The program App should be searchable to include PDG sponsored programs, i.e., you can search to find all programs sponsored by the Beverages and Acid/Acidified foods PDG.

    Board Response: Agree, staff will look into making the necessary changes.

  4. PDG Chairs and Vice Chairs should be informed as to the fate of suggested programs; currently this information is only sent to the conveners who may, or may not, inform the PDG Chairs and Vice Chairs.

    Board Response: Chairs and Vice Chairs are encouraged to follow up with the submitters of session proposals to determine whether the submission was accepted or not.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Dr. Barbara Ingham was unanimously elected vice-chair to begin serving at IAFP 2017, subject to approval by the IAFP Board.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. PDG affiliations should be included with the information in the program about each symposium. It was also recommended that on the IAFP app symposia be searchable by PDG affiliation.

    Board Response: Staff will work to implement these ideas for 2017.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. We recommend Wilfredo Ocasio be confirmed by the board as Vice-Chair of the Beverage and Acid/Acidified Foods PDG.

    Board Response: Approved.