Face-to-Face: Meet Ana Paula Craig October 2016

Ever wonder if anyone else is facing the same professional challenges as you? Or just looking to connect with some new people in your field? In IFT's Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to a different IFT member every month with a fun, insightful Q&A session.

 

Ana Paula CraigThis month meet...

Ana Paula Craig, quality manager at Applied Food Sciences

  1. How did you get your start in the food industry?
    When I first learned about food engineering it sounded like an appealing opportunity to take on one of our biggest challenges: feeding the world in a healthier and sustainable way. Nine years later I was graduating with my PhD in food science. My research was focused on the development of spectroscopic methods for the quality assessment of green and roasted coffee. While presenting a research poster at an IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo I met my current employer, Applied Food Sciences. Soon after, I started working for them as a quality manager.

  2. What do you love about your job?
    I really appreciate the chance to keep researching and being involved with the scientific community. My job offers many opportunities to apply analytical and science-based methods to ensure product specifications and regulatory standards are met.

  3. What is the biggest challenge that you face in your job?
    As a quality manager the biggest challenge I face is managing information. Keeping track of the high volume of documents that need to be constantly generated, updated, and approved is time consuming.

  4. What have you learned or been exposed to in the past 12 months that has helped you in your job?
    Last June I completed the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food certification. The content of the training was very informative and helpful. It clarified many questions I had about the rule, and I have already been using what I learned in real world applications.

  5. How do you see the food industry evolving over the coming year?
    Clean label, organic, plant-based protein foods will continue to grow, together with energy boosters to accompany our fast-paced lives. From a quality and regulatory standpoint, the FSMA rules and the new GMO labeling law will also have a big impact on the industry.

  6. Fun Fact: What’s your favorite food?
    Freshly baked bread and coffee!

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