The Ohio Valley Section Supplier Night is your chance to meet suppliers offering the solutions you need to power product development, innovation, and more.

Connect with exhibitors across the region, get inspired by the latest industry trends, and hear an eye-opening talk by a guest speaker. 

Register now to get an inside look at what’s new in the field and make the connections you need to thrive as a science of food professional!

Top Golf Networking Event 


You’re also invited to join us on the evening of Sept. 13 for an outing at TopGolf Westchester, where you’ll be able to network with fellow attendees and have some fun! You can register for both the expo and the golf outing here.


Speaker Presentation Agenda

2-2:20 p.m. 

Opening Remarks



Chris Downs, PhD


Institute of Food Technologists


2:20-2:55 p.m. 

Behind-the-Scenes of Kroger’s Annual Food Trends

When food trends are as fleeting as feta pasta and trend presentations as common as vanilla, how do you ensure the your annual food trends presentation is fresh, relevant, and enduring?  Natalie Taake, Senior Innovation Manager for the $40B Kroger private label business, shares the grocery retailer’s latest iteration of its Annual Food Trends as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the trends are determined and how the program continues to evolve. 

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Natalie Taake

Senior Innovation Manager


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2:55-3:30 p.m.

Food Safety Culture Across the Value Chain 

Food Safety Culture plays an important role within food manufacturers, food safety testing laboratories, retailers, and restaurants. The FDA’s Blueprint for the Future, New Era of Smarter Food Safety, has outlined Food Safety Culture as one of the Core Elements, placing the topic in the spotlight recently. 

Culture should be promoted from top-down and bottom-up. Starting from management engagement by providing employees with educational and knowledge sharing opportunities. Employees also need the correct food safety mindset and must practice the right behaviors once they understand why it is important. These values, attitudes, competencies, proper behavior patterns and ways of working rooted in everyone will define the robustness of the food safety culture.

Fabien Robert, Head of NA & LATAM zone for Nestlé Quality Assurance Centers, will discuss quality and food safety culture across the value chain. He will highlight the importance of food safety culture upstream, the impact of shared values with suppliers and how it ties with the rest of the value chain. 

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Fabien Robert

Head of NA & LATAM Zone

Nestlé Quality Assurance Centers

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Date Event Time Location

Sept. 13

Networking 6-9 P.M.

TopGolf Westchester*

Sept. 14 Registration 12-5 P.M. Savannah Center 
Sept. 14 Speaker Presentation 2-3:30 P.M. Savannah Center
Sept. 14 Expo 3:30-6 P.M. Savannah Center

*Must purchase separate ticket to attend


Supplier Expo 

Sept. 14, 2023

Savannah Center

5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd.

West Chester, OH, USA

Register for Expo Only

*You are not required to be an IFT member to attend this event, but will be prompted to create a free user account to register.

TopGolf Networking Event

Sept. 13, 2023

TopGolf Westchester

9568 Water Front Dr.

West Chester, 45069 United States

Register for Expo + Golf Outing


For exhibit sales, contact Sabrina Bracken at sabrina.bracken@spargoinc.com

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Thank you to our current sponsors:

Accurate Ingredients

Gold Coast Ingredients, Inc

Mane Inc

Current Exhibitors:


A&B Ingredients
Accurate Ingredients
ADM/Matsutani LLC
American International Foods, Inc.
Balchem Corporation
Barrington Nutritionals
Batory Foods
Batory Foods
Beneo Inc
Bluegrass Ingredients
Burghart North America
Butter Buds Inc.
Callisons, Inc
Chesapeake Spice Company
Citromax Flavors
Colony Gums Inc
CoreFX Ingredients
Del Val Food Ingredients
Dempsey Food
Elite Spice, Inc.
Flavor Dynamics
Flavor Producers LLC
Forbes Cocoa and Chocolate
Gillco Ingredients an Azelis Company
Gold Coast Ingredients, Inc.
Grain Processing Corporation
Grande Custom Ingredients Group
Heartland Supply
IFT Membership
Ingredient Brothers
Ingredion Incorporated
Kalsec Inc
Lapoint Packaging at PackGen
LifeSpice Ingredients
Mane Inc
Milne Fruit Products Inc
Mincing Spice
Mitsubishi International Food Ingredients
MOI Foods USA - Mewah Group
Niusource Inc.
Norben Company
Olam Food Ingredients (ofi)
Profile Food Ingredients
Prova Inc.
Quadra Ingredients
Sapphire Flavors
Sensient Flavors & Extracts
Siemer Specialty Ingredients
Skidmore Sales
Target Flavors, Inc
TasteWorks Flavors
Vidya Herbs, U.S.A.
Weber Flavors
Wego Chemical Group
Wenda Ingredients
Wixon, Inc.
Wolf Group Sensory & Consumer Research