Media Update

December 13, 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.

IFT MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mindy Weinstein—Director of Media Relations, 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org
Stephanie Callahan—Media Relations Specialist, 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org

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TOPICS IN THIS UPDATE:
Food Technology Magazine: Nuts for Nutrition; Food Helps Older Generation Age Successfully; Food Industry Rises to the Gluten-Free Challenge
Journal of Food Science: Antioxidant Cookies Made Possible by Grape Seeds
Videos: Everything You Want to Know About Gluten

CONSUMER NEWS

Nuts for Nutrition
In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan writes about several trends that are taking nuts in a new direction. Nuts supply nearly 20 different vitamins and minerals, are a protein powerhouse, a good source of fiber and “good fats,” i.e., polyunsaturated and monounsaturated and are a unique ingredient for naturally fortifying other foods.

Read the full press release here
Read the Food Technology article here

Food Helps Older Generation Age Successfully
The 60+ age group globally is expected to climb from 605 million in the year 2000 to around 2 billion people by the year 2050. In addition, the number of people worldwide age 80+ is expected to quadruple to almost 400 million (Leatherhead Food Research, 2012). These older consumers want to live active, healthy lives as they age. As they are becoming increasingly aware of food’s impact on health and wellness, more will begin to look at food to solve or prevent health issues. In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Digital Media Editor Kelly Hensel writes how food manufacturers and marketers must walk a thin line of letting these consumers know about products that can help them achieve a healthy lifestyle without making them feel old.

Read the full press release here
Read the Food Technology article here

Food Industry Rises to the Gluten-Free Challenge
The U.S. Senate deemed September 13, 2012 as “National Celiac Awareness Day” to bring attention to the 2.1 million adults in the U.S. who must avoid gluten in their diets. In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Senior Editor Don Pszczola writes how the food industry has risen to meet the challenge of providing millions of Americans with good tasting and safe gluten-free products. A video and fact sheet on gluten is also available on IFT’s Food Facts website.

Read the full press release here
Read the Food Technology article here
View the IFT video here

INDUSTRY NEWS

Antioxidant Cookies Made Possible by Grape Seeds
A new study in the December issue of the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that it is possible to create cookies enriched with antioxidants from grape seeds that taste good and have an antioxidant level about 10 times higher than a regular cookie.

Read the full press release here
Read the Journal of Food Science abstract here
Full Journal of Food Science article available upon request

IFT NEWS

Certified Food Scientist (CFS) application now available for February 2013 testing window
The first CFS testing window is February 1-22, 2013.  Detailed information on eligibility requirements, exam dates and exam content is available in the Candidate Handbook (http://www.ift.org/certification/forcandidates/candidate-handbook.aspx).

IFT is offering an optional CFS 1 ½ day preparatory course Feb. 25–26, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. designed to help participants brush up on their applied scientific knowledge in a group setting that was developed independently from the CFS exam.  The course includes face-to-face instruction, followed by a series of five weekly webcasts with course faculty and participants. (http://www.ift.org/meetings-and-events/short-courses/cfs-prep-course.aspx)

Those that have more than 15 years of experience may apply for the CFS through the limited-time, One Time Alternative Assessment process. www.ift.org/cfsota

For more information on the CFS program, please visit www.ift.org/certification.

Save the Date: IFT Wellness 13
February 27-28, 2013
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

Wellness 13 is the leading event for professionals in R&D, brand management, regulatory compliance, sales, and government who are committed to learning what it takes to successfully develop and market healthful foods that resonate with today’s—and tomorrow’s—consumers. 

The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Smith, Medical Director and Chief Medical Editor of WebMD, will discuss the 2012 Year in Health data as it relates to food health and wellness. In addition, a moderated consumer panel of teens from the Chicago area will discuss their shopping and dining experiences, including what drives and influences their purchases.

Click here for the event page.

Complimentary registration is available for credentialed members of the media.

Please contact Mindy Weinstein for more information at 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org or Stephanie Callahan at 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org


About IFT

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit scientific society with individual members engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education, and by furthering the advancement of the profession. For more information, please visit ift.org.

© 2012 Institute of Food Technologists

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