Hamed Faridi Chosen as IFT Fellow

May 6, 2010

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Hamed Faridi Chosen as IFT Fellow

Chicago, IL- Hamed Faridi, Vice President of Research and Development, McCormick & Co., was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2010 for his accomplishments in cereal science, his innovation in nutrition, and his progressive application of food science to the industry.

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.

While working at Nabisco, Faridi led the technical breakthrough development of Nutrajoint®, an introduction of the first dietary supplement marketed by a major food company, and provided the enabling technologies for the introduction of Snackwells.  During his tenure at McCormick, Faridi established the McCormick Science Institute, which funds research to advance knowledge on the health benefits of spices and herbs, and has directed the development of the CreateIT process and CreateIT Center, which have transformed the technical competencies of the company.  He holds three patents and has authored six books and more than 70 food science articles. 

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