ConAgra Foods Honored by IFT

May 18, 2010


Mindy Weinstein

ConAgra Foods Honored by IFT

CHICAGO – ConAgra Foods is the winner of the 2010 Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award by the Institute of Food Technologists, a not-for-profit international society members working in food science, technology and related professions.

The Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award is given yearly to honor a company or organization for an outstanding development which represents a significant advancement in the application of food science and technology to food production. The award will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, IL on July 17th 2010.

Leveraging its understanding of the science behind microwave cooking, product formulation, and meal packaging and design, ConAgra’s Healthy Choice Café Steamers represent a significant improvement in frozen meal preparation. Using an innovative package design, the Healthy Choice Café Steamers meals optimize quality by separating the liquid sauce from frozen ingredients and improving the generation of steam within a specially designed internal basket. Separate cooking of the sauce component also allows consumers to choose the amount of additional fat and sodium added to the meal. The first two years of the product’s availability in the market translates to a contribution of 70.6 million servings of vegetables to the American diet.

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.  A complete list of Award Winners can be found on the IFT Web site at