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Peter de Cock
Global Nutrition Innovation Leader Erythritol
After graduating as Food Technologist, Peter de Cock began his career in 1979 as Project Leader R&D at General Mills responsible for the development of new potato chips and extruded savory cocktail snacks. In 1984, Peter also assumed responsibility as Quality Control Supervisor, managing the toll-production of chewy granola bars in the UK that were launched in France and the UK.
In 1985, Peter became R&D and QA Manager at OZF (formerly known as Jamin) involving himself primarily in the installation of new QA procedures and building an R&D Organization and pilot facilities for bakery, soft candies and gums, hard candies, and chocolate, panned confectionery and ice cream.
In 1989, Peter moved to Gist-brocades to lead the corporate product development activities in the Business Unit Bakery Ingredients (baker’s yeast, bread improvers, pastry products).
Peter joined Cerestar in 1992 with responsibility for the daily management of the Food Application Centre. He was appointed Cerestar’s Global Business Development Manager in 1995, and he continued this role after Cargill acquired Cerestar in 2002. In this function, he chaired a global team to develop and grow the erythritol business world-wide. Since 2006, Peter has global responsibility for Nutrition Business and related regulatory issues in Cargill Health & Nutrition.
Business Unit Manager
Tonja Lipp is Business Unit Manager for BENEO-Palatinit, Inc. (formerly PALATINIT of America, Inc.), U.S. subsidiary of BENEO-Palatinit GmbH.
As Business Unit Manager, Ms. Lipp is responsible for increasing the awareness and expanding sales activities for the company’s functional carbohydrate, Palatinose™. She is also responsible for providing customers with new concepts based on the unique product features of Palatinose™ as well as scientific and technological back-up.
A seven-year veteran of BENEO-Palatinit GmbH (formerly PALATINIT GmbH), Ms. Lipp came to BENEO-Palatinit, Inc. in April 2007 as Technical Sales Manager, having developed a broad knowledge of and experience with BENEO-Palatinit ingredients ISOMALT and Palatinose™ as Area Sales Manager in Europe. This territory included the CIS countries (with special focus on Russia), Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Low Countries (the Netherlands and Belgium). She was appointed to her current position in February 2008.
Ms. Lipp earned a Master’s degree in Food Technology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Master’s degree in International Business Management and Economics from the University of Applied Science in Nürtingen, Germany.
Brad Ira Meyers, CFS
Sales Director Midwest Reg
Brad runs the applications laboratory for The NutraSweet Company in Chicago Illinois, which focuses primarily on sweetener blending in different beverage systems. Brad has been working in this capacity for NutraSweet for about three and half years. Brad joined the company in the summer of 2004 after completing his B.S. in Food Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since starting his professional career Brad has also completed a Masters degree in Food Science from the university's distance education program. He is a member of the The Institute of Food Technologists, International Society of Beverage Technologists and The Association for Chemoreception Sciences.
Lyn O'Brien Nabors
Lyn O’Brien Nabors is President of the Calorie Control Council and has been with the Council for over 25 years. She serves in leadership, strategic and administrative capacities for the Council and is especially involved in both scientific and health issues. Lyn is editor of three editions of Alternative Sweeteners, a comprehensive textbook providing fundamental scientific and technical information on a broad range of sweeteners. She also has authored a number of book chapters and numerous journal articles on low-calorie foods and beverages, sweeteners and fat replacers. She spearheads the Council's activities regarding health, fitness and weight management, including the long-standing consumer campaigns, "Calories Still Count" and "Lighten Up & Get Moving." Ms. Nabors is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Public Health. A professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists, Ms. Nabors was a 1996-98 IFT Scientific Lecturer.