AFTP and IFST partnership offers rising stars of the agrifood industry a year’s free membership

The beginning of February heralded the launch of a new collaboration between the AFTP and Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). This collaboration offers complimentary one-year IFST membership to any AFTP participant taking one of our courses across our five specialist subject areas.

IFST membership will enable AFTP participants to access the wealth of resources and events available through the organisation’s technical and regional communities that include:

  • Agri-Food

  • Consultancy

  • Food Law

  • Food Safety

  • Nutrition & Health

  • Sensory Science

In addition, this membership will entitle AFTP participants to receive the quarterly Food Science and Technology magazine, as well as many other benefits, including access to regional IFST meetings, digital resources and networks.

Jon Poole – Chief Executive of the IFST (pictured, left) stated: "IFST is the leading qualifying body for food professionals in the UK and Europe and is continually looking to enhance and extend its membership. Becoming a member of IFST and training with the AFTP enables the next generation of food professionals to access the training and development they need, in addition to accessing some useful networks and professional benefits at the same time. AFTP participants improve their knowledge and enhance the productivity and sustainability of their business. IFST fully supports this as it helps strengthen the UK food industry’s future."

The AFTP is designed specifically for people working in the agriculture, food and beverage industries. People can choose from one-day workshops, mini-conferences, updates, short courses and postgraduate awards, including Master’s degrees and professional doctorates. A wide variety of course delivery techniques, including e-learning and short course formats, enable people to train whilst they are working. Specialist areas include; Crops and Fresh Produce, Livestock and Forages, Environment and Sustainability,  Business Management and Leadership.

Carol Wagstaff, Director of the AFTP (pictured, right), said: "Having our participants as part of the IFST Membership Scheme adds huge value to taking part in an AFTP course. Not only do our participants gain knowledge to take back to their businesses, they also join a vibrant community of committed food industry professionals to share technical challenges and intelligence with, and to carry on learning with publications and bulletins through IFST."

To learn more about Group Schemes, please contact Erin Taylor, IFST Membership Development Manager, by email at

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To apply for one of the AFTP courses included in this scheme visit the AFTP courses page. You can also find out more about the AFTP's five research and training themes here.

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