Bruce Ferree

Bruce FerreeA food safety and quality professional for over 30 years, Bruce has been involved in most areas of the food industry from manufacturing of meats and poultry to milk/cheese, from auditing of quick service restaurants to consulting with foreign governmental inspectors. Bruce is now with California Natural Products – a manufacturer of ingredients derived from rice and an aseptic co-packer. He has been a quality supervisor, lab supervisor, quality manager, director of quality and now serves as compliance manager.  Bruce has been active with IFT since university where he led the food tech club.  He has served as chair of a subsection, a section and the IFT Constitution and By-Laws committee.  Bruce can usually be found supporting IFT student activities through his fun run pledge-gathering and as a College Bowl judge.

What do you feel you can contribute to the growth and advancement of IFT?
Because I’ve been an active IFT member for over 30 years, I feel I understand what IFT is about and what value it brings to its members.  I feel that I know the breadth of what our members want and I believe I know how IFT works to meet those expectations.  As an industry member, I have honed my management and leadership skills and know how to work in a coercive environment, getting buy-in to projects and processes.  I’ve learned how to train and coach employees and partners on a daily basis to achieve company and personal goals.   I believe I bring to IFT this knowledge base and experience as well as the desire to serve our membership.  IFT is my primary professional society and it is THE place I put my volunteer time.  I want IFT to meet not just my expectations, but those of membership.  I want IFT to help our next generation of food technologists be as, or more successful than we have been.  I believe my goals for the professional society match well with those of most members, and I would bring the representation of membership to the leadership team of IFT.

Formal Education 
BSc, 1983, Food Technology, Colorado State University

Career History

California Natural Products Compliance Manager Feb. 3 2003-Continuing
Silliker Lab Food Safety Auditor and Trainer Feb 2002-Feb 2003
Technical Food Information Spectrum (TFiS) Vice President May 1999-Jan 2002
Zacky Farms Quality Manager Jan 1999-May 1999
Leprino Foods Quality Manager Aug. 1986-Oct. 1998
Granite State Packing Quality/Operations Supervisor Sept. 1985-Jan 1986
Longmont Foods Asst. Director of Quality June 1983-July 1985

Leadership Experience

  • QA and Food Safety Magazine Advisory Board Jan 2012-Continuing
  • IFT Host Committee Co-Chair 2004 and 2012
  • IFT Higher Education Review Board 2010-Continuing
  • IFT 2011 Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee 2008-2010
  • IFT Constitution and By-Laws Committee (Chair – 2008) 2004-2008
  • IFT College Bowl Judge 2012-Continuing
  • IFT Council Western Region Chair 2002 and 2006
  • Northern California IFT Chair (and Chair Elect) 1998-2000
  • Northern California IFT Numerous committees 1987-2012
  • Northern California IFT Councilor 1991-1994, 2000-2003, 2005-2007
  • Central Valley Subsection of No. Cal. IFT Chair (2X) 1990 and 2001

Professional and Community Recognition

  • Northern California IFT Member of the Year 2005
  • Certified by ASQ (1999) – CQA and CHA (Certified Quality Auditor and Certified HACCP Auditor)