March 2020 Dinner Meeting

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Programming Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dinner Meeting & New Professionals Workshop at the Food Building

Dinner Meeting Registration New Professionals Registration

*New Registration Fee Schedule*

  • Regular/Early Bird Registration Fees until Friday, March 22nd @ 5PM
  • Increased $5.00 Registration Fee starting Friday, March 22nd @ 5PM
  • Registration closes Friday, March 26th @ 5PM

Topic: Overcoming Product Development Obstacles

As new food technology professionals, when one enters into the Research and Product Development jobs, the early challenges that one might face can be managed with adequate preparations.

Join the MN Section IFT, and Ms. Andrea Stetzer from Hormel Foods as she will discuss about the pitfalls and troubleshooting the product development process and provide pointers for overcoming product development obstacles.

Dr. Andrea J. StetzerSpeaker: Dr. Andrea J. Stetzer, PhD, CFS

Dr Andrea Stetzer is the Marketing Manager for Hormel Foods Ingredient Solutions Team. She has over ten years of experience in product development at Hormel working with shelf stable grocery products along with flavored and enhanced meat products focusing on improving shelf life, product safety and consumer acceptability. She grew up on beef and sheep farm in Wisconsin.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, she worked for PIC in Wisconsin and Kentucky as a Management Trainee, Inventory Manager, and Food Scientist. Dr Stetzer holds a Doctorate in Food Science and a Master of Science in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and American Meat Science Association. She earned her Certified Food Scientist credential in 2014.


Food Building in Minneapolis
1401 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413


On-line credit card payment is preferred or you can pay the night of the event if needed. Early-bird reservations are due by Friday, March 22 at 5:00 PM. If you have special dietary needs such as allergies, gluten free etc., have additional questions or need to cancel please call George Annor at 612-512-5647 or email

NOTE: Everyone needs to register.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

4:00-5:00 pm Board Meeting and New Professionals Workshop*
5:00-6:00 pm Check in, Social Networking
6:00-7:00 pm Buffet Dinner
7:0-8:00 pm Speakers presentation

*Separate registration is required for the New Professionals Workshop


Type Until March 22 at 5 PM After March 22 at 5 PM
Non-Members $45 $50
Members $35 $40
Retiree’s / Displaced Members $15 $20
Students $5 $10

Reservations must be made by Thursday, March 26 at 5:00 PM

Dinner Meeting Registration New Professionals Registration