ANFP Returns to Live Meetings with 2021 Annual Conference & Expo (ACE)

Released: 12-July-2021
Contact Information
Emmy Bender
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
Marketing Associate
800.323.1908 x127 

St. Charles, IL – The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) hosted its Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) from June 28-30 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® in Orlando, FL. The meeting marked ANFP’s first live event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 300 attendees participated in three days of education, networking, and exhibits. 

The Keynote Opening Session kicked off the conference. Dr. Jo Lichten’s presentation focused on stress management, staying mindfully in the present, and strategies for re-energizing your day. 

Education sessions throughout the conference covered a variety of topics, including regulations, ethics, IDDSI, mental health, emergency preparedness, and more. Highlights included a panel discussion by ANFP’s newly founded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce. 

The Annual Business Meeting on June 28 saw the installation of the 2021-22 leadership, including ANFP Board Chair Omar Humes, CDM, CFPP. 

The Expo, this year broken up into two 2-hour sessions to promote social distancing, included more than 30 exhibitors displaying a variety of foodservice products, innovations, and trends. 

In addition to education and the expo, there were also a number of networking events including the Opening Reception, First Time Attendees Meet & Greet, Networking Lunch, and the ANFP Honors Gala. 

At the Honors Gala on June 30, individuals were recognized with awards for demonstrating unwavering dedication to the association and industry. Award recipients are listed at, and acceptance speeches can be viewed on ANFPtv. 

ANFP’s philanthropic arm, the Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation (NFEF) was also present at the conference and raised more than $600 in donations. These funds will benefit grants, research funding, and other Foundation initiatives. The ANFP Political Action Committee (PAC) raised more than $800 in donations.  

Next year’s ACE will be held at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ from June 27-30, 2022. 

ANFP is a national not-for-profit association established in 1960 that represents more than 15,000 professional members dedicated to the mission of providing optimum nutritional care through nutrition and foodservice management. ANFP members work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and other non-commercial food settings.