Mary Wagner Honored by Institute of Food Technologists

May 4, 2009



Mary Wagner Honored by Institute of Food Technologists

Chicago, IL - Mary Wagner, General Manager and Chief Technology Officer at Mars Symbioscience, has been selected as the winner of the 2009 Calvert L. Willey Distinguished Service Award by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit international society with 20,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions.

The Calvert L. Willey Award is given yearly to honor an individual who has provided continuing, meritorious and imaginative service to IFT. The award was first presented to Calvert L. Willey, then Executive Director of IFT, in 1987 and initiated on the 50th Anniversary of IFT in 1989. The award will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Anaheim, CA on June 6th 2009, and includes a $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from IFT.

Wagner has served as IFT President (1997–98) and Treasurer, as well as serving multiple terms on the Board of Directors and IFT Foundation Board. She has also brought strong leadership to numerous IFT Committees, Task Forces, and Section and Division appointments.

Wagner’s innovative service to IFT includes her focus on K–12 educational programs to enhance IFT’s education of future food scientists, and her efforts to involve CEOs and CROs with IFT, which has led to the formation of the Senior Food Officials Group and Events. Wagner also participated in implementing a Food Safety Initiative under which the Food and Drug Administration contracted with IFT to provide expertise on key food safety issues.

IFT recognizes the many accomplishments that individuals and organizations have made to advance the food science industry and to help ensure safe, affordable, and nutritious foods to the world.  To honor these individuals and organizations, the IFT Awards Program was created. This program grants awards, fellowships, and prizes for outstanding accomplishments in all areas of food science and technology, administering 14 Achievement Awards, the Marcel Loncin Research Prize, and the IFT Fellows program.



About IFT
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with more than 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT serves as a conduit for multidisciplinary science thought leadership, championing the use of sound science through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy. For more information on IFT, visit