IFT Media Update

January 12, 2012

To: Reporters, Editors, Producers and Bloggers
From: IFT Media Relations

The following news briefs are from the Institute of Food Technologists® (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society with members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. This media update includes information on the following: January issue of Food Technology Magazine—Convenience Stores To Focus on Food in 2012; January issue of Journal of Food Science—No Link Found Between Sweetness Intensity and Overall Caloric Intake, Flaxseed Bagels-Cinnamon Raisin Flavor Preferred, Blueberry and Blackberry Wines Found to have Potential Health Benefits; and Save-the-Date for Wellness 2012.

For more information or to interview an IFT spokesperson, call Mindy Weinstein, 1-800-IFT-FOOD,
312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org or Stephanie Callahan 312-604-0273 scallahan@ift.org. You can also follow IFT Media Relations on Twitter @IFTMedia and @IFTFoodieFacts

Note: Journal of Food Science articles given upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists.

Consumer News

Blueberry and Blackberry Wines Found to Have Potential Health Benefits
Moderate wine consumption may reduce the frequency of certain age-related diseases such a heart disease, hypertension, metabolic disease, and neurodegenerative disease. A study that included several Illinois wineries in the January issue of the Journal of Food Science evaluated blueberry and blackberry wines for chemical and quality components in order to study their health benefits. The study showed that these wines have high total polyphenolics that present possible health applications. In addition, polyphenolic compounds in fruit beverages such as anthocyanins and proanthocynanidins may have anticancer affects.

Read Journal of Food Science abstract

No Link Found Between Sweetness Intensity and Overall Caloric Intake
A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists found that although taste has an important impact on dietary choice, perceived sweetness intensity alone did not have a significant influence on food behavior and dietary intake in young adults.

Read the full press release
Read Journal of Food Science abstract

Industry News

Convenience Stores to Focus on Food in 2012
Convenience stores (c-stores) are not typically recognized for their food selections, but as tobacco and gas prices rise, fewer people are spending money on these items and other c-store staples. In the January 2012 issue of Food Technology magazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Digital Editor Kelly Hensel writes that c-stores are beginning to shift their attention to growing their food/beverage and foodservice segments in order to compete with quick service restaurant chains.

Read the full press release
Read the full Food Technology article

IFT News

SAVE THE DATE:

IFT Wellness 2012
March 28-29, 2012
InterContinental Chicago, O’Hare

Each year IFT’s Wellness Conference in March offers attendees a unique blend of unbiased perspectives, news about emerging trends, and information on how other organizations within the food industry are penetrating the health and wellness sector.

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.

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