The Riester-Davis-Brody Award was established in 1986 to memorialize Don Riester (of American Can) and Rees Davis (of Continental Can). It was amended in 2015 to recognize the many contributions of Aaron Brody (of Packaging/Brody Inc). Riester, Davis, and Brody were pioneers in the field of food packaging and helped found the IFT Food Packaging Division.
The award is presented at IFT's annual meeting after the Food Packaging Division business meeting.
A call for nominees will be made by the Chair of the Selection Committee to IFT Food Packaging Division members in Q3 of each year and the Awardee will be identified by November 1st.
The awardee will have the privilege of delivering a brief lecture at an IFT Food Packaging Divisions event, such as the annual meeting. The lecture can cover topics including advances in packaging technology, future opportunities in for packaging research, or the awardee’s career experiences. A copy of the lecture will be printed and distributed to the IFT Food Packaging Division and to food packaging students.
The recipient will be presented with a plaque featuring the citation as a token of the award.
While there is no cash component to the award, IFT will reimburse the awardee for approved travel expenses up to $1,000 UDS to attend the Annual Meeting and receive the award.