On Site: Flavor and Extract Manufacturers
2013 Annual Meeting—Transparency and
Photos and highlights.
The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association’s 104th Annual Convention took place in Palm Beach, Florida, in May and addressed topics surrounding transparency and
collaboration. The program included networking events and speakers
discussing ingredient communication, innovation, NGO pressures,
product trends and more. A selection of photos and highlights is
From left: Bill Gambrell ( Teawolf), Amie Byholt (Damman) and
Tony Batcup (MCI Miritz).
Elizabeth Sloan, president of Sloan Trends,
discussed broad trends in the food and beverage
industries, including product claims.
From left: George Robinson (Ottens) and Mike Natale
(Bell Flavors & Fragrances).
The final general session speaker, Gina Nicholson,
global director of retail accounts at NSF
International, discussed the implications of safety
initiatives for the food and beverage industry.
Nicholson drew from her previous work as senior
manager of food safety and quality at The Kroger Co.
The 2013–2014 FEMA board from left: Howard Smith (Virginia Dare), John Cavallo (Citrus and
Allied Essences Ltd.), Matthias Guentert (Symrise), Joanne Ferrara (ConAgra Foods),
Kevin Renskers (Takasago International Corp.), Donald Wilkes (Blue Pacific Flavors &
Fragrances) and Michael Natale (Bell Flavors & Fragrances). Seated, from left: Janet Aho
(Mane), George Robinson (Ottens Flavors), president Arthur Schick (PepsiCo), and president
elect and treasurer Christopher (Kip) Gibson (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.).
George Robinson, outgoing president of FEMA, congratulated
the winners of the sports events and thanked attendees before
introducing the 2013 Richard L. Hall Award winner, Peter Lombardo
(Robertet; pictured). Lombardo was honored for his “unique service
to the flavor industry.” Robinson noted, “Peter is passionate about
ethics.” Taking the podium, Lombardo explained that the industry
had been an important part of his life, as had the Maubert family,
owners of Robertet—and of course his wife. In closing, Lombardo
thanked FEMA for helping his career grow.