Alice Cha Chosen as IFT Fellow

May 6, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Mindy Weinstein
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Alice Cha Chosen as IFT Fellow

Chicago, IL- Alice Cha, Research Principal in Ingredient and Process Research, Kraft Foods–Glenview Technology Center, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2010 for being an expert in hydrocolloid chemistry and its application in food texture as well as for her in-depth knowledge of ingredient interactions in food products. 

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

Cha has developed innovative technologies in dairy texture systems and has applied her expertise in support of strategies and business initiatives across multiple global businesses. Her leadership in identifying and qualifying lower-cost gum suppliers has resulted in millions in annual savings for Kraft. Cha is also active in planning and managing diversity and mentoring programs such as the KF-GV mentoring team and the Kraft Foods Asian American Employee Council, and organizing diversity and mentoring forums for IFT Annual Meetings. She received the Asian American Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and numerous marketing and innovation awards from Kraft Foods.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970. A complete list of Fellows can be found on the IFT Web site at: http://www.ift.org/cms/?pid=1000287