INSTITUTE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGISTS                         February  2002                      No 40





Meeting Thursday, February 21  -

Tour of the KlienPeter Farms Plant

Baton Rouge


The Louisiana Gulf Coast IFT meeting will start at 1:30 pm with a tour of the KlienPeter Farms, located in Baton Rouge.  After the tour there will be a cocktail hour at the Faculty Club at LSU at 5:00 pm with a cash bar.  Dinner in the Chancellor Room, LSU Faculty Club will follow.  Choices for the dinner will be Chicken Kiev served with noodles or Tenderloin of Beef Tips over Noodles.  The entrée comes with a mixed garden green salad, chocolate mousse, drink (water and iced-tea), and coffee.  Speaker at the meeting will be Dr. A.V.A. Resurreccion, an IFT Scientific Speaker, from the University of Georgia.  The seminar is entitled “Beyond Demographics: Understanding Food Preferences through Consumer Testing".




                       1:30 - 3:00 pm                           Tour at Kleinpeter Farms Dairy in Baton Rouge

                       5:00 - 6:00 pm                           Cocktail Hour with Cash Bar, Chancellor Room

                                                                        LSU Faculty Club

                       6:00 - 7:00 pm                           Dinner, Chancellor Room, LSU Faculty Club

                       7:00 - 8:00 pm                           Presentation by Dr. Anna V. A. Resurreccion







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Seminar Speaker: Dr. Resurreccion,

from University of Georgia



Dr. Anna V.A. Resurreccion is a Professor with the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Penn State and Human Nutrition Specialist at Auburn University. Dr. Resurreccion received a Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Georgia.




Dr. Resurreccion is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and was elected Chair of the Product Development Division, treasurer and councilor for two terms each for the Dixie Section, and member-at-large for the Sensory Evaluation Division. She served twice on the IFT Annual Meeting Program Committee for a total of five years and the IFT Basic Symposium Committee for three years. Anna was appointed Chair of the IFT Graduate Scholarships Jury after serving as juror for two years. Dr. Resurreccion was elected Chair of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Section of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists. She was associate scientific editor for sensory evaluation, nutrition and food service manuscripts for the Journal of Food Science and the Journal of Sensory Studies.


Dr. Resurreccion is actively involved in research on consumer evaluation and sensory science. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her achievements in research including the D.W. Brooks faculty award for excellence in research, the faculty award of merit for research from the University of Georgia Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Professional Scientist Award from the Southern Sections of the Institute of Food Technologists, and the Outstanding Professional award from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. She is the author of 106 refereed journal articles, over 350 scientific and technical publications and the book "Consumer Sensory Testing in Product Development" published by Aspen Publications.









When:                    Thursday, February 21, 2002                                 Deadline for reservations -  February 15


Where:                   KlienPeter Farms Dairy

                              14444 Airline Hwy

                              Baton Rouge, LA 70817


Contact person:      Ms. Jacky Goudeau, Tel. 753-2121 (in case you get lost)


What:                    - Tour of the KlienPeter Farms

                             - Cocktail Hour with a cash bar.

                             - Dinner at the Faculty Club, The Club Room, LSU, Highland Road at Raphael Semmes Road, Baton Rouge LA 70803.

                                (Chicken Kiev served with noodles or Tenderloin of Beef Tips over Noodles, both will be served with honey-glazed carrots.  The entrée comes with a mixed garden green salad, chocolate mousse, drink (water and iced-tea), and coffee)

                             - Seminar by Dr. A.V.A. Resurreccion, IFT scientific lecturer, on the topic “Beyond Demographics: Understanding Food Preferences through Consumer Testing”.


Schedule:                1:00 - 3:30 pm                   Tour of the KlienPeter Farms * (please be on time)

                              5:00 - 6:00 pm                   Cocktail Hour with cash bar

                              6:00 - 7:00 pm                   Dinner at LSU Faculty Club

                              7:00 - 8:00 pm                   Seminar presentation by Dr. A.V.A. Resurreccion


Registration:            $25 for members and $11 for students by February 15.


Reservations:          Call or fax registration to Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, LSU, phone (225)-388-5188, FAX (225)-388-5300 or email: wprinya@unix1.sncc.lsu.edu.  Please send a payment (cash or check payable to LA Gulf Coast IFT) to Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul at LSU Dept. of Food Science, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.  Please make a choice--Chicken or Beef or if you would like to have a veggie entrée.  Tour is scheduled early afternoon as the processing plant is closed around 3:30 pm.







Name:  ____________________________________________     Member _____            Student _____



Affiliation:   ________________________________________________________________________



Please reserve  ________  dinners                             Chicken ______           Beef ______    Veggie ______


Deadline for registration is February 15, 2001.













Directions from the New Orleans Area                                                                                                     Miles


1.      Take I-10 W. towards Baton Rouge                                                                                                       67.1

7.      Take the LA-42/LA-427/HIGHLAND RD exit, exit # 166, towards PERKINS RD.                                0.3

8.      Turn RIGHT onto LA-42 E/LA-427 S.                                                                                                    1.5

9.      LA-42 E/LA-427 S becomes LA-42 E.                                                                                                   1.4

10.    LA-42 E becomes HIGHLAND RD.                                                                                                       0.0

11.    Turn LEFT onto US-61 N.                                                                                                                       1.0


IFT Distinguished Lecturer:  Dr. Anna V. A. Resurreccion

“ Beyond Demographics: Understanding Food Preferences Through Consumer Testing”


Demographic characteristics of a population such as age, sex, marital status as well as number of children, educational level, and other social and economic factors have traditionally been used as a basis for advertising and promotion of food products. The ability to turn demographic information into new product concepts has resulted in new products. Another key to new product success involves an in-depth understanding of consumer wants and needs. Several tools can be employed for collecting data on consumer attitudes including focus groups and consumer surveys. Past research has shown that manufacturers attach the greatest importance to ensuring product quality and consumer appeal among key skills that leading companies use to develop new products. This talk will focus on applications of consumer and sensory testing methods to understanding consumer food preferences.

Travel funds for Distinguished Lecturers are provided by IFT as a service to the Members.





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Once again, Louisiana Gulf Coast Section Receives Certificate of Merit


Our LA Gulf Coast Section received the Certificate of Merit from IFT for excellence in programming during the 2000-2001 program year.


In order to be eligible, we had to submit our annual financial report and an annual program report, which must have three meetings minimum and 75% of our membership must also be members of the national IFT.


Special consideration is given to innovative programming, scholarship programs and career guidance activities.




Latest news and developments from The Institute of Food Technologists



Cocoa consumption may have cardiovascular benefit

New research may indicate that consumption of cocoa, rich in flavanols, appears to activate a mechanism thought to be critical for regulating blood pressure and, therefore, for maintaining cardiovascular health. Viva la cocoa!


Goodbye side dish

The sixteenth annual edition of The NPD Group, Inc Report on Eating Patterns in America shows that nearly 80% of all suppers consumed in America are taking place at home. The cooking still falls mainly on the shoulders of women, responsible for preparing 76% of suppers in 2000. The report found that the easiest way to make every meal less work is to drop the side dish. In 1990, 65% of suppers had at least one side dish, but last year that number was only 56%. The side dishes most often eliminated are vegetables, potatoes, salads and bread. Americans are also making their lives easier by inviting fewer people over to share a meal. Last year, the average American household served 52 meals (including breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks) to guests, down from 94 guest meals in 1985 and 72 in 1995.


Your brain: on minerals

In a study on the link between dietary iron and zinc levels and the ability to concentrate, it was observed that a low score for volunteers’ attention span corresponded with a subsequent decline in iron levels in the body.


Are consumer views of irradiation changing?

According to a new survey, American consumers may be warming up to the idea of irradiation. Consumers are making a connection between the ability of irradiation to eliminate anthrax and other harmful bacteria to its potential use in protecting the food supply. They increasingly view it as an acceptable precautionary measure.


Berry extracts may inhibit cancer

Researchers are investigating an assortment of berries, as well as muscadine grapes--a native of the Southeast--for their ability to inhibit the growth of cell lines originally cultured from breast and cervical tumors. Various extracts from muscadine grapes, raspberries and strawberries cut the growth of breast cancer cell lines and cervical cancer cell lines by more than half.

More grain elevators requiring GMO segregation

More than half of U.S. grain elevators surveyed are requiring segregation of GMOs from non-GMO varieties either upon arrival at the elevator or on the farm. Almost 20 percent reported offering premiums for non-GMO corn or non-GMO soybeans. The survey included 1,149 grain elevators in 11 mid-western states.


NICHD claims “Calcium Crisis” affecting youth

Only 13.5% of girls and 36.3% of boys age 12 to 19 in the U.S. get the RDA of calcium, placing them at risk for osteoporosis and other bone disease. Because nearly 90% of adult bone mass is established by the end of this age range, the nation's youth stand in the midst of a calcium crisis, according to officials at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Children are drinking more soft drinks and more non-citrus drinks than they used to; meanwhile, milk consumption has dropped. The number of fractures among children and young adults has increased, probably due to lower intakes of calcium. Pediatricians are also seeing the re-emergence of rickets, a bone disease that results from low levels of vitamin D.


Folate or forget?

Fortification of grain products with the B vitamin folate may help reduce memory loss in those over 60. Researchers were looking for a relationship between blood homocysteine levels and memory loss. Earlier, their research had established that homocysteine levels were higher in elderly people with low intakes of B vitamins, especially folate.


Quaker offers reduced-cost cholesterol testing

Quaker Oats and Biosafe Medical Technologies, Inc. announced an agreement to partner on a Web based initiative designed to encourage people to eat Quaker Oatmeal as a way to help reduce levels of blood cholesterol. Quaker is sponsoring reduced cost cholesterol testing for everyone who visits the Heart Health, or the Smart Heart Challenge sections of their website. Participants can order special blood collection kits directly over the Internet for both “before” and “after” Smart Heart Challenge cholesterol testing. Details about Quaker Oatmeal and the Smart Heart Challenge can be found at www.quakeroatmeal.com.


Global GM crop acreage increases

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, the acreage planted with genetically modified (GM) crops is increasing. In 2001 about 53m hectares were planted with GM crops, a 19% rise over the previous year. Thirteen countries now grow GM soybeans, maize, corn, cotton or canola. America accounts for two-thirds of global production, but GM acreage in China, South Africa, and Australia is increasing.


GMA survey: Individuals responsible for obesity problem

A strong majority of Americans say individuals themselves, not external circumstances, are responsible for the nation's obesity problem, according to a new survey conducted by the polling company for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA). Eighty-nine percent of respondents attributed personal responsibility - individuals themselves, lack of exercise or watching television - for why two-out-of-three Americans are now overweight. In contrast, only 8% hold responsible external entities such as food manufacturers (5%), restaurants (2%) or the federal government (1%).


FDA issues guidelines to protect U.S. food supply from bioterrorism

The Food and Drug Administration has issued two sets of guidelines to prevent a bioterrorist attack on the nation's food supply: one for importers and the other for domestic food producers, processors and retailers.


New product releases

Coffee Legends, Inc. has announced the introduction of a stomach-friendly gourmet blend known as Johann Wulff's The Considerate Coffee. The new product undergoes a patented high-pressure steaming process to remove irritants that can aggravate the digestive system. Procter & Gamble Co. introduced a new tortilla chip, called Torengos, curved to hold salsa and dips. A similar product already on the market are Frito-Lay's Tostitos Scoops, which have a bowl-like shape. Heinz launches flavored ketchup line aimed at adults. The Ketchup Kick'rs (TM) line is being offered in three varieties: Zesty Garlic, Hot & Spicy and Smokey Mesquite.






The opinions expressed in this newsletter are the opinions of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position of IFT, nor of the Regional Section, and should not be interpreted as such.


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