WFFC Takes a Swing at Risk Management

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  • Jane Pinda, senior director, distribution sales, Elé Corporation poses with a WFFC member.
  • TopGolf Schaumburg, Illinois.
  • The TopGolf range in Schaumburg, Illinois.
  • Jane Pinda, senior director, distribution sales, Elé Corporation emceed the event.
  • Richard Pisano delivering his presentation "Managing Risk When Purchasing Natural Products."
  • A slide from Richard Pisano's presentation showing the founding members of the WFFC in 1982.
  • Perfumer & Flavorist associate editor, Alex Mackenzie, stretches before hitting their first drive.
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries managing editor, Rachel Grabenhoffer, gets ready to let one fly.
  • Frank Wagner of Southern Chemical lines up to take a swing.
  • Kris Watson, senior sales manager with Horner International, poses with a trophy centerpiece.

On March 10, 2020 the Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce, Inc. hosted a gathering of the Chicago chapter, in partnership with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, at TopGolf in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The event included a presentation from Richard Pisano of Citrus & Allied: “Managing Risk When Purchasing Natural Products.”

Pisano’s presentation was highly apt and well received in the current pandemic climate. The main takeaways of his speech were to have a plan and to have a backup plan. He urged audience members to “develop strategy to avoid being caught without coverage,” because “when products go short, the only thing that matters is supply and there’s never enough inventory.”

With quarantines, air travel restrictions, mandated shutdowns and general tentativeness to travel even just outside our own homes, sourcing ingredients from halfway around the globe becomes a uniquely difficult task. Pisano recommended maintaining multiple sources from independent suppliers in separate locations and even separate hemispheres, if possible.

After the presentation, members headed out to the golfing bays and buffet tables. It should be noted that TopGolf did a commendable job of providing a safe and sanitary experience for all in attendance during this time of heightened precaution.