40th Annual Meeting – 2021

As we have previously announced, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, IFTPS will not hold the in-person Technical Conference and Annual General Meeting that was scheduled for March of 2021 in San Antonio. However, we will move forward with internet-driven technical sessions and our AGM this coming March. 



Program Coordinator: Karen Brown, JBT FoodTech

Monday, March 1, 2021 – 11am-2pm Eastern Standard Time

Day 1: Aseptic Processing     

Moderator:  Abdullatif Tay, PepsiCo

11:00   Introduction

11:05   Run Time Extension

           Corpus Perez III, RB

11:40   Break

11:45   Finished Product Sampling and Release Criteria

            Kevin Wilgus, Nestle USA

12:20   Break

12:25   Spoilage Root Cause Analysis

            Franz-Josef Laven, SIG Combibloc Systems GmbH

13:00   Break

13:05   Round Table with presenters and moderator

14:00   Adjourn

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – 11am-2pm Eastern Standard Time

Day 2: In-container Sterilization

Moderator:  Scott Cabes, TechniCAL

11:00   Introduction

11:05   Hydration of Dry Ingredients

           Dharmendra Mishra, Purdue University

11:40   Break

11:45   Flexible Package Seal Integrity 

            Scott Whiteside, Clemson University

12:20   Break

12:25   Empirical Versus Numerical Methods for Modeling Heat

            Penetration Data            

            Tim Haley

13:00   Break

13:05   Round Table with presenters and moderator  

14:00   Adjourn          

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 11am-2pm Eastern Standard Time

Day 3: Microbiology

Moderator:  Rick Falkenburg, Berner Food & Beverage

11:00   Introduction

11:05   Low Moisture Surrogates

            Erdogan Ceylan, Merieux NutriSciences

11:40   Break

11:45   Microbiological Indicators in Low Acid Aseptic Production – Key to Systematic Troubleshooting    

            Anna Nucum, Danone North America

12:20   Break

12:25   Validation of Microbial Control Measures

           Wifredo OcasioEurofins Food Integrity & Innovation

13:00   Break

13:05   Round Table with presenters and moderator 

14:00   Adjourn


Thursday, March 4, 2021: 11am-2pm Eastern Standard Time

Day 4: IFTPS Annual General Meeting and Regulatory Update

11:00   Annual General Meeting                   

12:10   Break

12:15   Regulatory Update and Q&A

            Moderator:  Nate Anderson, FDA

            Panel: Jonathan Huang, USDA

                        Daniel Geffin, FDA

 14:00 Adjourn

Please put the session dates on your calendars and remember that all sessions will begin at 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (this will be 8:00 am on the US West Coast and 5 pm in most of Europe) and be scheduled to last for 3 hours.

ALSO NOTE: The registration fee of $250 will allow you to access any or all of events during the 4-day series. Please go to the website for more details about registration and making your payment. [payment center]


The Board of Directors has called for the Institute’s Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:00 EST in an online format in conjunction with the March 2021 IFTPS Online Technical Sessions. The annual meeting is being called for the transaction of business of the Institute and the election of Directors.

VENDOR’S “ROOM”: What’s New from Suppliers and Consultants

This is an opportunity for vendors to keep connected with our members and for members to see what new products and services are being offered. We will create a temporary page on the website which will be open March 1 to 15. Participants’ company name and logo will be displayed there and linked to short video presentations or other company information provided by each vendor.

The cost for vendors to participate will be $500 and access to the webpage will be free for all members.  Please contact me (ian.britt@iftps.org) for more details.