New company, Sensus LLC, features natural flavors

A new flavor company, Sensus LLC, has been formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, to provide 100% natural flavors to the flavor industry. These natural flavors are captured from their original raw material at the place of harvest by sophisticated technology known as the Flavourtech Spinning Cone Column (SCC). 

Daniel J. Wampler, Founder and President of Sensus, describes the new technology as “the most advanced in the world” for the capture and preservation of natural flavor compounds from liquid or slurried material, maximizing flavor quality while eliminating undesirable offnotes that occur with other technologies. One of the ironies of the flavor business is that the industry (and the consumer) demands more high-quality, natural flavor, but such flavor is often lost through processing. Wampler considers that SCC’s efficiency of extraction and continuous process significantly improve the quality and economics of natural flavor. 

SCC was developed in Australia by Flavourtech Pty Ltd. and is marketed in North and South America by Flavourtech Americas, Inc., based in Graton, Calif. For more information on this technology, contact Sensus LLC at 513-563-3070; fax 513-563-3071; E-mail [email protected]; Web site Flavourtech American can be reached at 707-829-6216; Web site

Chr. Hansen creates new Health Group; acquires two companies
Chr. Hansen, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis. and Mahway, N.J., has announced the creation of a new global division, The Human Health Group, to focus on the growing functional foods and nutraceuticals markets. The division will develop and market such health-promoting ingredients as probiotics and phytonutrients. 

Research and development will be managed by Benedikte Grenov in Horsholm, Denmark, the global headquarters of the Chr. Hansen Group. Business activities for North and South America will be directed by Niels Peter Bak out of the Milwaukee office, with sales directed by Silvano Arnoldo. Business activities in Europe and Asia will be directed by Morten Friis, based in Denmark. 

As part of the company’s growth and acquisition program, Chr. Hansen has also acquired Ingredient Technology Corporation from Crompton & Knowles, and the color business of Quest International Ireland, Ltd., thus consolidating its position as a global supplier of natural colors and food ingredients. These include cultures and enzymes, flavors, seasonings, specialty sweeteners, colors, and nutritional foods and pharmaceutical ingredients. 

For more information, visit the company’s Web site at or call the Milwaukee corporate headquarters at 414-607-5700; fax 414-607-5704.

Santee Dairies completes new, high-tech, automated facility
Santee Dairies has completed construction of a new, highly automated processing and distribution facility, located on a 29-acre site in City of Industry, Calif. The dairy produces milk products and juice under highly sanitary conditions using specialized equipment for product processing, including pasteurizing, homogenization, standardization, and blending. The equipment meets dairy industry 3A standards. One of the largest high-tech and most automated facilities in the country, the 250,000-sq-ft facility incorporates mezzanine levels, above-ground and overhead conveyor systems, and a four-level, high-rack automated retrieval and storage system used in the cooler. With four loading bays, it can receive up to 300,000 gallons of raw milk daily.

Michael Foods forms egg products joint venture in Canada
Michael Foods, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., has joined with two partners, Canadian Inovatech, Inc. and The Egg Producers Co-op Ltd., to form an egg products joint venture, Trilogy Egg Products, Inc. The new company will sell value-added egg products in Canada. Michael Foods will provide the processing expertise for value-added egg products such as extended-shelf-life liquid eggs, brand names, and marketing. Part of Michael Foods’ strategy of building a global egg products foundation, the Canadian venture joins earlier ventures in the Far East, European, and Indian markets. 

Michael Foods also announced the sale of its Hudson, Colo., shell egg production facility to Sparboe Companies of Litchfield, Minn. Michael Foods’ Crystal Farms Refrigerated Distribution Co. subsidiary concurrently entered into a multiyear agreement with Sparboe Companies whereby Sparboe will supply Crystal Farms with shell eggs for its grocery distribution operations in the eastern Rocky Mountain region. The sale resulted from Michael Foods’ strategic focus on value-added egg products processing, which the Hudson facility did not offer.

Stonegate Food and Agribusiness Partners formed to provide investment services to food companies
A new investment banking company, Stonegate Food and Agribusiness Partners, has been established to provide merger and acquisition advisory services, marketing and business development, and capital solutions to U.S. and international food and agribusiness companies. In addition to routine financing, it will provide such services as formation of strategic food chains and production alliances; analysis of fixed asset use, efficiency, and needs; and management and/or board mentoring. The firm will be able to assist both larger clients and smaller, earlier-stage companies. W. Leroy Startz and Mark M. Ellison are founding principals of Stonegate Food and Agribusiness Partners, an affiliate of Stonegate Securities, Inc. in Dallas, Tex.

Spring Wheat Bakers to partner with bread manufacturers
Spring Wheat Bakers, Fargo, N.D., has developed a new, cost-efficient way to help major marketers bring their bread products to market by offering its services as a co-manufacturer partner of the product. Owned by a cooperative of 3,000 spring wheat growers, the company has an integrated supply chain which makes this possible and which frees their customers from depending on a co-packer or internal operations. Spring wheat is selectively originated from the grower members to be milled to the company’s manufacturing specifications (which meet the needs of the cooperative’s customers). After milling, their wheat is shipped to an ultramodern, high-volume production facility owned by the company itself. The result is a direct link from farmer to flour to end product that delivers greater consistency and quality. 

Spring Wheat Bakers’ Atlanta plant, completed in June, is the first of several state-of-the-art facilities to be built in key market areas. For more information, call Spring Wheat Bakers at 701-281-3800; fax 701-281-3900.

Food Institute offers 1999 acquisition statistics
The Food Institute, Fair Lawn, N.J., has tracked 386 acquisitions by food or food-related firms during the first six months of 1999, just slightly less than the 1998 six-month figure of 393. Activity was up in 12 industry categories, down in 11, and unchanged in five others. Food processors accounted for the largest number of acquisitions—129 vs 91 a year earlier. Diversified food processors alone accounted for 57 transactions, up two from 1998 when fruit and vegetable processors were included in that category. This year, fruit and vegetable manufacturers were broken out separately and made 17 acquisitions. 

Each year, the Food Institute publishes its Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions Report summarizing these data. Copies of the 1998 edition are still available and may be requested by calling Kristen Marchese at 201-791-5570, ext. 12; fax 201-791-5222, or E-mail [email protected]

Lee R. Beck was appointed President of SMBI (Stolle Milk Biologics, Inc.), Cincinnati, Ohio. • Roy Lyon joined Eurofins Scientific, Inc., Dayton, N.J., as Vice President of Operations. • Drew Neathery and Charles W. Farrington joined the management team of Siméus Foods International, Inc., Mansfield, Tex.—Neathery as Chief Financial Officer and Farrington as Chief Operating Officer. • Gordon A. Mapp and Charles L. Griffith were elected Vice Presidents of Ingersoll-Rand, Woodcliff Lake, N.J. • At Fabri-Kal Corporation, Kalamazoo, Mich., Tom Bush was named Vice President of Engineering, Ron Connell Vice President of Manufacturing, and Jon Phillips National Sales Manager—Institutional. 

Haywood Solomon, General Manager of Bunge Foods’ Oil Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been named Senior Vice President of Bunge Corporation and General Manager of the Bunge Foods Group. He succeeds Paul Friedman, who has retired. • Gilbert A. Leveille, Past President of IFT, has joined McNeill Consumer  Healthcare as Worldwide Vice President for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs. • National Starch & Chemical Company, Bridgewater, N.J., appointed Roger Jeffcoat Senior Divisional Vice President, Natural Polymer Research and Biotechnology for the Starch Division. 

Thomas Weiss, Westerville, Ohio, was appointed to the newly created position of East Central Zone Sales Manager for Luigino’s, Inc., Sanford, Fla. • David Gold joined Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Mahwah, N.J., as Manager of Information Services. • Kevin Lyons was appointed Customer Service Manager of FIS, Solon, Ohio. • Julie Maher joined Elgin Dairy Foods, Inc., Chicago, Ill., as a Marketing Associate. • Jason Crowley joined Midwest Grain Products, Inc., Atchison, Kans., as Computer Systems Administrator. 

Harold Pollack was named Vice President/Director, Process & Agricultural Development for Tropicana Products, Inc., Bradenton, Fla. • At SIG Combibloc Inc., Columbus, Ohio, Geoffrey C. Campbell was promoted to Senior Vice President of Latin America; Kevin Quidore takes over as the company’s new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada; and Paul Sukalich succeeded Quidore as Director of Process Technology. 

• Triarc Beverage Group, White Plains, N.Y., has promoted Maura Mottolese to Vice President of Marketing for Snapple. • Mark E. Witowski joined Advanced Food Systems, Inc., Somerset, N.J., as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. • Michael Jacobson was appointed Director of Research and Development at Kemin Foods L.C., Des Moines, Iowa. • Andy Vincent joined the R&D team of SKW Biosystems, Inc., Waukesha, Wis., as Research Chef. • Baltimore Spice, Inc., Owings Mills, Md., named Nick Joie Director of Technical Services. • At Harcros Organics, a division of Harcros Chemicals Inc., Kansas City, Kans., Peter Radford was appointed Technical Director and Tima Leonard Customer Service Manager. 

Silke Mueller joined the flavor research staff of Flavurence Corporation, Commerce, Calif., with emphasis on functional foods and phytochemicals. • NorSun Food Group LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio, promoted Eric Kinney to Director of Operations. • Richard A. Ford retired as Vice President, International, from the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc., Hackensack, N.J.; Anne Marie Api was named RIFM Scientific Director, with management responsibility for human health and environmental testing and research. • South Beach Beverage Company, Norwalk, Conn., appointed Switlana Wojcickyj Director of Operations and Victor Margiotta Director of Quality.

• KPMG LLP, Montvale, N.J., the professional services firm, appointed Alice M. Richter to National Industry Director of the food and beverage segment of KPMG’s consumer markets line of business. • Tom Leftwich was named Director of Sales Development at Spartanburg Stainless Products, Spartanburg, S.C. • At McCain Foods USA, Oak Brook, Ill., Kai Bockmann was named Director, Global Account Coordination; Chris Ambrose appointed Director, McDonald’s Business Unit—International; Timothy Nevins Director, McDonald’s Business Unit—U.S.; Keith Scott joined McCain Foods USA as Director of Supply Chain Development; Matthieu Geze promoted to Sales Planning Manager for National Accounts; and J. Christopher Wood to Manager of Foodservice Sales Planning. 

• Tate & Lyle North American Sugars Inc., Baltimore, Md., promoted Steve Volker to the newly created position of General Sales Manager, Industrial Products. • Kathlene Rantz joined The National Drying Machinery Company, Philadelphia, Pa., in the newly created position of Product Specialist for the Chemical Industry; James Plant filled the newly created position of Product Specialist for Food Processing; and Aidan Niggel was promoted to Product Manager for Synthetic Fiber Machinery. • Robertet Flavors, Piscataway, N.J., appointed Lucia Celentano Manager of Beverage Marketing, Joyce Vacca Associate Food Technologist in the Flavor Applications Laboratory, Hernan Quinones Jr. Technician in the Sample Laboratory, and Steven Starner Technician in the Sample Laboratory.

• The Flavor Division of Takasago International Corporation (U.S.A.), Valhalla, N.Y., appointed Marianne Maloney as Senior Flavor Chemist and John M. Hanke as Quality Control Manager. • Lucas Meyer, Inc., Decatur, Ill., promoted Jack Chenault to National Sales Manager of Food and Feed, and Mark Metivier National Sales Manager, Distributors & Nutritional Supplements. 

AOCS calls for award nominations

The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) is issuing a Call for Nominations for the three following AOCS achievement awards. Deadline for submission of nominations for each award is November 1, 1999. 

• AOCS Biotechnology Division Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominees must have made lifetime significant and meritorious achievements to areas of interest to the society’s Biotechnology Division. The award carries a $3,500 honorarium and a plaque. The successful nominee must agree to deliver an award address at the 91st AOCS Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego, Calif., April 25–28, 2000. To propose a candidate, send a letter of nomination, supporting letters from at least three other scientists, and biographical information concerning the nominee to the AOCS Biotechnology Division Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee at the address given below.

• AOCS Corporate Achievement Award. This new award recognizes and honors the contributors to an outstanding process and/or product which represents a significant advance in the application of technology to a Division of the AOCS. The award consists of a plaque to the company(s) or collaborating organization(s). Nominations shall describe, as much as possible, the development itself and its importance in terms of public health, scientific, technological and economic impact and importance, and must not exceed four pages. To assist in judging the nomination, eight copies of the following may be included, if desired: reprints describing the product and/or process, samples of the product, and/or a video tape not to exceed five minutes. Reprints are limited to a maximum of four different articles, not to exceed a total of 20 pages. Companies as well as nonprofit entities are encouraged to nominate their own products, processes, equipment, or contribution. Nomination for the 2000 award should be addressed to Dr. S. Sefa Kosoglu at the address given below.

• AOCS Young Scientist Research Award. This award, also new, recognizes a young scientist who has made a significant and substantial research contribution to one of the areas represented by the Divisions of AOCS. It consists of a plaque, an honorarium, and funding for travel and registration to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting in San Diego next April. Nominees must have made a significant contribution in basic or applied research and that knowledge must either have a significant effect on advances in the discipline or hold substantial promise for its effect in the near future. On June 1 of the year of presentation, the nominee must (1) be younger than 36 years of age, or (2) have received his or her highest degree within the previous ten years. Nominations should include the nominee’s date of birth, a summary of research accomplishments, a list of publications, degrees held (including the names of granting institutions and the dates the degrees were granted), positions held during their professional career, and letters of support from at least three other scientists. Nominations should be addressed to the AOCS Young Scientist Research Award Selection Committee at the address given below. 

Nominations for these awards should be addressed to the committee or individual respectively designated above, and mailed to the American Oil Chemists’ Society, P.O. Box 3489, Champaign, IL 61826-3489. For more information about these awards, contact Kathleen Atchley, AOCS, at 217-359-2344; fax 217-351-8091.

IAMFIS honors John Bruhn with Citation Award
The International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians (IAMFES) honored John C. Bruhn, Extension Specialist and Director of the Dairy Research and Information Center, University of California at Davis, for his dedication to the ideals and objectives of IAMFES and for his accomplishments in the field of food safety. 

The Citation Award is the highest recognition offered by the association to a nominated member. The award includes a plaque and honorarium. It was presented to Bruhn August 1–4, 1999, during the association’s Annual Meeting in Dearborn, Mich. 

NRA Educational Foundation to award $1 million in scholarships for 2000–2001
In an effort to broaden its reach to more students, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Educational Foundation will post applications on the Internet for culinary and hospitality students to apply for a projected $1 million in scholarship awards for the 2000–2001 school year. Scholarships are available for senior high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and educators. 

Inquiries for last year’s scholarships increased by 150%, reflecting tremendous growth in the restaurant industry. In the 1999–2000 school year, 363 scholarships were awarded for a total of $600,000. 

The amount of the average scholarship is $2,000, which can be applied to two- or four-year programs. Deadlines for entries vary by category, ranging from November 1999 to July 2000. A committee of educators and industry leaders will judge the applications. Application forms may be obtained by calling the NRA Educational Foundation at 800-765-2133, ext. 733 or, in the Chicago area, call 312-715-1010, ext. 733. Scholarship applications may be downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site at or

Please note: if applying via the Internet, an application must be printed out and sent with accompanying materials. Items sent separately will be automatically disqualified. 

FPA Foundation awards $1,500 in scholarships
The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) announces more scholarship recipients for the 1998–99 school year. Two packaging students from San Jose University, Jose Rochin and Peter Matthews, shared $1,500 in scholarship funds from the FPA Foundation. Rochin received $500 and Matthews received $1,000. 

Established in 1994, the Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation that awards scholarship money to those colleges and universities that have packaging science programs. Each school in turn awards the scholarships to students who choose packaging as a career and demonstrate above-average potential for the packaging field. 

DMI calls for entries in Discoveries in Dairy Ingredients contest
Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI) is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Discoveries in Dairy Ingredients contest, which invites students to create an innovative food product formulation using any form of dry milk, dry whey, or whey derivatives. Funded by America’s dairy farmers, DMI sponsors the contest to introduce food science students to the versatility of dry dairy ingredients. 

Student teams can create a product for any food category from soups and sauces to baked goods, beverages, confections, or dairy products. Complete contest packages, including rules and instructions, are available by calling 800-248-8829, or visiting the Web site at and clicking on Discoveries in Dairy Ingredients. All entries are due no later than February 1, 2000. Judging will be based on use of dairy ingredients, originality, product appeal, marketability, and feasibility. 

Prizes include $5,000 for “Overall Best Product,” $3,000 for “Marketability,” and $3,000 for “Creativity.” Other qualified entries may receive honorable mention at the judges’ discretion. Winning entries will also be featured at the DMI exhibit at IFT’s Food Expo in Dallas, Tex., June 10–14, 2000. 

NSF announces Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, will award approximately 900 new Graduate Research Fellowships to support graduate study in science, mathematics and engineering leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in those fields. 

Each three-year fellowship provides a stipend of $15,000 for 12-month tenure, and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 per tenure year. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply in 1999 are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Application deadline for the 2000 competition is November 4, 1999. Awards will be announced in March 2000. 

For more information about the program, or to obtain application forms, contact the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, P.O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010 (call 423-241-4300; fax 423-241-4513; E-mail: [email protected]). Or visit the NSF Web site at Applications may be submitted electronically using NSF’s Fast Lane Web site:

Company News in Brief
 Aquafine Corporation, Valencia, Calif., has signed a multi-year sales and service agreement with the Food & Beverage Division of Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, Minn. Under the terms of the agreement, Ecolab will market Aquafine ultraviolet (UV) water treatment systems and service existing Aquafine UV installations in food processing and beverage plants throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 Armfield, British-based makers of miniature-scale research and development equipment for the food industry, has opened a new office for the U.S. market in Jackson, N.J. The address is 436 W. Commodore Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527 (telephone 732-928-3332; fax 732-928-3542).

• Atalanta Corporation, Elizabeth, N.J., has acquired J.F. Braun & Sons, Westbury, Long Island, N.Y., from ConAgra, Inc. J.F. Braun & Sons is an importer and wholesaler of shelled nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and cocoa powder.

 Axon Corporation, Raleigh, N.C., acquired Styrotech, a manufacturer of stretch sleeve labeling equipment also located in Raleigh.

 CCL Container, Hermitage, Pa., has installed an advanced, fully automated post-washing system. The process eliminates residual materials that may have been deposited on the container during the manufacturing process and is especially useful for products where the purity of the formulation is essential to its safety and effectiveness. 

• Dean Foods, Franklin Park, Ill., has become a minority shareholder of White Wave, Inc., Boulder, Colo. Through this collaboration, Dean Foods announced that it is “investing in the future of soyfoods in America.” White Wave’s products include the Silk™ organic soymilk lines, a nationally distributed fresh, refrigerated soymilk sold in the dairy case.

The previously reported merger of DSM and Gist-brocades has resulted in the company’s operating under a new name: DSM Food Specialties. To emphasize the continuity of the company, the Gist-brocades logo will be retained for the immediate future.

• Empire Group LLC, Reno, Nev., producer of low-bacteria onions and proprietary varieties of virus-free seed garlic in the western states, has announced significant changes in its capitalization and financing. The company received $5 million in equity capital from Sycamore Hill Capital Group, a Los Angeles–based private investment group, and $19 million in new working capital lines of credit from the Bank of America, NA. These monies will support Empire’s planned expansion in its farming and dehydration manufacturing businesses.

• George Gordon Associates, Inc., Merrimack, N.H., designer and manufacturer of comprehensive packaging systems, has moved to larger facilities. The new address is 12 Continental Blvd., Merrimack, NH 03054 (phone 603-424-5204; fax 603-424-9031).

• Imperial Suiker Unie, the North American marketer of Frutafit® inulin made from chicory, has changed its name to Imperial Sensus, LLC. Imperial Sensus is a joint venture between Imperial Sugar Corporation, Sugar Land, Tex., and Cosun-Sensus, a Dutch sweetener and food ingredient company, formerly known as Suiker Unie.

• Kemin Industries, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, manufacturer of specialty feed and food technology, and InterLink Associates, Princeton, N.J., a biotechnology research and technology transfer company, have formed a joint biotechnology company, Interlink Biotechnologies. InterLink Associates, which also has research facilities in Auburn, Calif., will transfer all of its assets, facilities, and personnel to the new company, continuing to operate in Princeton and Auburn. Kemin will continue to fund joint research at the new company for the development of new and unique enzyme products for the animal feed and human food industries.

• Besnier-Scerma, U.S.A. has changed its name to Lactalis Industrie, USA Inc., in keeping with the name change of its parent company in France to the Lactalis Group. The company supplies milk proteins, casein and caseinates, and sweet whey to the dairy industry. For further information, visit the company’s Web site at, or call 419-738-5293.

• Land O’Lakes, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., and Swiss Valley Farms Co., Davenport, Iowa, have announced plans to partner in a joint venture which would combine the fluid milk and cultured dairy product businesses of the two organizations. The venture would bring together the two cooperatives’ six midwestern milk and juice bottling plants and two cultured dairy product plants, serving customers across a 13-state region.

• Moyno Industrial Products, Springfield, Ohio, a unit of Robbins & Myers, Inc., has expanded its presence in Mexico by establishing a joint venture with AFF Industrial, S.A. de C.V. of Mexico City. The new company, Moyno de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., will be a full sales and service operation.

• When the Perkin-Elmer Corporation, Foster City, Calif., finalized the sale of its Analytical Instruments Division to EG&G Corporation last May, Perkin-Elmer’s name was changed to PE Corporation. PE Corporation now acts as parent company to two life sciences businesses, PE Biosystems and Celera Genomics. Under the terms of the sale agreement, EG&G is permitted to use the Perkin-Elmer name. For further clarification of this name change, please call PE Biosystems at 1-800-345-5224.

• Rit-Chem Co., Inc., Pleasantville, N.Y., has formed an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Beijing VitaSweet Corp., Beijing, China, for the calorie-free sweetener, acesulfame-K. Further information about this agreement may be obtained by calling 914-769-9110.

• Schmalbach-Lubeca, Plastic Containers USA of Manchester, Mich., has opened a new plant in Allentown, Pa., for the production of containers for a variety of food and beverage applications. The 260,000-sq-ft plant, featuring state-of-the-art polyethylene terephthalate (PET) injection and blow molding technology, will eventually employ 160 people. The Allentown facility joins earlier-announced plant openings in Columbia, S.C., and Fairfield, Calif. The company has also announced closings of two older facilities, in Pinebrook, N.J., and New Castle, Del., by the end of 1999.

• Tropicana Products, Inc., Bradenton, Fla., has named Pezrow Companies, Inc., as sales and marketing partner for its Northeastern sales region. Pezrow, based in Ramsey, N.J., will be responsible for the strategy of Tropicana’s grocery business and will sell Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice. Its territory encompasses the area from Richmond, Va., north through New England, and west to upstate New York and central Pennsylvania.

• Vita-Pakt Citrus Products Co., Covina, Calif., has acquired the dried citrus peel operation of Odwalla, Inc. The acquisition complements the company’s recent purchase of Del Ray Enterprises and its introduction into the dried/dehydrated category.

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