IFT December 2014 Media Update

December 16, 2014

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

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Media Update contains highlights from Food Technology magazine, Journal of Food Science and other information from IFT. Copies of articles are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists.  

Stephanie Callahan—Media Relations Manager, 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org
Mindy Weinstein—Director of Media Relations, 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org

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FutureFood 2050: The Kitchen of the Future
Food Technology magazine: Plant Proteins
Journal of Food Science: Essential Oils
IFT News: New Certified Food Scientists
Videos: Kitchen Food Safety, Day in the Life of a Food Science Student

Consumer News

What Your Kitchen Will Look Like in 2050

The appliances of 2050 will likely work interactively with consumers to plan and shop for meals, monitor special dietary needs, even produce customized food products at the touch of a 3-D printer button, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative. FutureFood 2050 explores how increasingly sophisticated science and technology will help feed the world’s projected 9 billion-plus people in 2050.

View the full press release here

Plants are the New Protein

Since 2007, U.S. meat consumption has been declining (NCC, 2014) with more than a third of consumers turning to meat alternatives for meals (Mintel, 2013). In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Executive Editor Mary Ellen Kuhn writes about the abundance of new plant-based protein food products that are entering the market.

Read the full press release here
Read the full Food Technology article here
View a video showing the development of a chicken substitute

Day in the Life of a Food Science Student
IFT Student Association members Amy DeJong and Maya Warren show us what life is like for PhD students in food science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. DeJong and Warren are also the #SweetScientists team on the 25th season of the reality TV series “The Amazing Race” and will be competing in the season finale that airs Friday, December 19th.

View the video here
View the full press release here

Kitchen Food Safety
IFT Spokesperson and food safety expert, Christine Bruhn, PhD, CFS, Former Director of the Center for Consumer Research, University of California, Davis and her team videotaped 120 consumers as they prepared a chicken and a salad in their home. They found that while many felt confident about their food safety skills, many were making critical mistakes while preparing their meals that could lead to foodborne illness. Take a look at these five kitchen mistakes you can easily correct for a happy and healthy new year!

Watch the video here

Trade News

Essential Oils Help Control Fungus Growth in Argentinian Corn

Argentina is the second highest corn producing country in the world. But because of the slow drying process in corn kernels and wet weather conditions in Argentina, corn grown there can easily become infected with fungus. A new study in the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) found that the essential oils from oregano can have an antifungal effect on corn.

Read the full press release here
Read the Journal of Food Science abstract here

IFT News

Institute of Food Technologists Announces New Certified Food Scientists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is proud to announce that 34 professionals have recently earned the prestigious Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential, joining more than 1,600 in 55 countries worldwide.  These include professionals that represent diverse roles within organizations such as British Columbia Institute of Technology, The Hershey Company, Chiquita Brands International, and International Flavors and Fragrances.    

Read the full press release here