IFT Media Update

May 14, 2012

To: Reporters, Editors, Producers and Bloggers
From: IFT Media Relations

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Media Update contains highlights from Journal of Food Science (JFS) and Food Technology magazine, notices of upcoming meetings and webcasts, and other information from IFT. Copies of scientific papers are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists.

CONSUMER NEWS

Foodies Rely on Social Media More Than Any Other Source
In the old days, family, friends, cookbooks, and food company suggestions were the top go-to sources for consumers looking to find a good recipe. But in today's digital world, social media, blogs and phone apps are becoming the greatest influencers on the household chef.  An article in the May 2012 issue of Food Technology magazine takes a look at how social media is changing food culture by influencing how consumers think about, talk about, and experience food.

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Half of Consumers Snacking at Least Twice A Day
Nearly half of the population, snacks at least twice a day according to a new article in the May issue of Food Technology magazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This rate (48 percent) is up nearly double since 2010 when snackers made up about 25 percent of the population.

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Read the full article in Food Technology magazine

INDUSTRY NEWS

Flowers Not Just for Mother's Day: New Technique Helps Edible Flowers Last Longer
Many fine dining restaurants and catering establishments garnish dishes with flowers or use them as ingredients in salads, soups, entrees, desserts and drinks. A new study in the May issue of the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists reported that the use of a new storage technique could make it possible for edible flowers to maintain a higher quality for longer, which could reduce transportation costs. 

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IFT NEWS

The Institute of Food Technologists Welcomes New Vice President, Meetings & Business Partnerships, Christine M. Klein, CMP
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is pleased to announce Christine M. Klein as the new Vice President of Meetings and Business Partnerships where she will have strategic oversight of IFT's award-winning Annual Meeting and Food Expo, as well as specialty conferences, short courses and other events.  She will also oversee the global sales efforts for all of IFT products and services including Food Technology magazine.

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Upcoming Webcast: Navigating the U.S. Food Additive Regulatory Program
May 22, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST

The Food Additives Amendment of 1958 is the foundation for the U.S. food additive regulatory program, which oversees most substances added to food.  This webcast will review the recent article describing the system, including original analysis of pre- and post-market safety standards for various categories and subcategories of substances and their uses; assigning the more than 10,000 substances currently allowed in human food to those categories; and analyzing FDA's review of more than 1,900 petitions and notifications received from 1990 to 2010.

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Complimentary registration is available for credentialed members of the media.

For registration information, please contact Mindy Weinstein at 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org or Stephanie Callahan at 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org.

Save the Date:

Annual Meeting & Food Expo 2012
June 25-28, 2012
Las Vegas Convention Center

Food professionals from all over the globe will be gathering together in Las Vegas for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2012 Annual Meeting & Food Expo. This is the only annual event that brings together professionals involved in both the science and the business of food — experts from industry, academia and government. With more than 900 companies exhibiting, this event showcases the largest, most diverse collection of food ingredient, equipment, and packaging suppliers from all over the world. Over 100+ educational sessions and 1,000+ poster sessions provide information on the latest developments and trends in food science.

Keynote Session: “The Importance of Innovation,” will feature Starbucks president, CEO and chairman, Howard Schultz, who was named Fortune magazine’s 2011 “Businessperson of the Year”.  He will share insights on the importance of scientific innovation in creating thriving companies and communities, and filling the talent pipeline.

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Click here for the event page.

Complimentary registration is available for credentialed members of the media.

For registration information, please contact Mindy Weinstein at 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org or Stephanie Callahan at 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org.

Contact Us

Mindy Weinstein

Director, Media Relations

Phone 312.604.0231
Fax 312.596.5631
Email: mweinstein@ift.org 

Stephanie Callahan

Media Relations Manager

Phone 312-604-0273
Fax 312.596.5631
Email: scallahan@ift.org