The Role of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners in Curbing Obesity

Session Track: Weight Management

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Session Description:

Research has shown time and again that taste is the key driver in a consumer’s selection of foods. So how can healthier foods be developed without sacrificing taste? This session will provide an overview of the non-nutritive sweeteners that are used in the United States; the physiology of taste receptors and the sensory challenges that accompany them; and the structural/functional challenges that must be overcome by product developers when applying them to product development initiatives. The barriers to consumer acceptance and continued challenges to food science will also be discussed in the context of efforts to curb obesity. 

Nicholas RozziSpeaker Information:

Nicholas Rozzi, Ph.D.,  Director, Global Commercialization, Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.
Nicholas L. Rozzi, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Global Commericalization for Godiva Chocolatier, Inc, responsible for the transition of products from prototypes through industrial production, overseeing product development at Co-Manufacturers and Licensed Product producers, and the development of new ingredient technologies.  He is also Adjunct Faculty at Purdue University in the Department of Food Science.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Rozzi worked in various positions at Roquette America, Inc. in Research and Development and New Products Management.  In his last role at Roquette America, Inc. Dr. Rozzi managed a team of scientists in the development of applications with a focus on health and wellness.  Nicholas received a B.S. in Food Science in 1997 and Ph.D. in Food Science in June 2000, both from Purdue University.  He is a Professional Member of the Institute of Food Technologists, and has served on various national committees and panels.  Dr. Rozzi has served for the last four years on the advisory panel for the Wellness Conference.

Clara Tao, Ph.D., Director, Consumer Insights, Tragon Corporation
Clara TaoClara manages the Consumer Insights and Project Managers. Prior to joining Tragon, she worked for Jamba Juice as the Scientific Affairs Manager in food regulatory and sensory evaluation. She was also formerly with Safeway in Quality Assurance managing beverages (including carbonated soft drinks, juices, bottled water) and frozen products. Her experience includes food and nutrition product development, quality assurance, and food regulation. She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and the Journal of Food Science. She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University in Nutrition and Food Science.

Lynn Dornblaser, Director of CPG Trend Insight, Mintel International. 
Lynn DornblaserNew product trends have been the focus of Lynn’s career for almost 25 years, giving her a unique perspective on the marketplace and new product development. She brought that expertise to Mintel in 1998 when the company opened its US offices. A trained journalist and experienced public speaker, Lynn has been quoted by major US news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and CNN. Lynn’s experience analyzing new product trends means that you can usually find her in the aisles of a supermarket somewhere in the world.  Mintel International is a global research company, with offices in London, Chicago, Sydney, and Shanghai.