Each year, it seems more companies are highlighting the services they provide to the food industry, in addition to other products and capabilities. While laboratory and software constituted the bulk of the services featured at this year’s IFT Food Expo, there were also numerous scientific publishers, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, consultant groups, and custom manufacturing and processing providers exhibiting.

It seems that either more companies are offering services these days or they’re just now beginning to promote them on a wider scale. Whatever the reason, visitors to Food Expo this year seeking solutions to specific service-oriented needs were able to find a little bit of everything and a lot of some things. Here are some of the highlights in each category.

Laboratory/Testing/Analytical Services
Meat speciation analysis
—Eurofins announced that it is expanding its testing capabilities for meat speciation analyses at its Eurofins Biotechnology Laboratory in Des Moines, Iowa. Current technology for determining the presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in beef is still restricted to the testing of brain tissue for the presence of prions at the time of slaughter. There are however, technologies that, while not replacing BSE testing, permit the determination of the animal groups. Eurofins Scientific, North America, 1331 Union Ave., Ste. 1500, Memphis, TN 38104 (phone 901-272-7511; fax 901-272-2926; www.EurofinsUS.com).

Research and testing services highlighted at this booth included a unique gastric and small intestinal model (TIM-1), which is a computer-controlled in vitro system used to determine the fate of ingested products in an environment closely resembling the conditions in the stomach and small intestine of humans and monogastric animals. Its applications include nutritional studies, development of novel and functional foods and ingredients, safety assessment studies, micro-ecological studies, and pharmacological studies. Other research and testing services available include toxicological and health studies, nutritional and toxicological risk assessment, development and safety of nutraceuticals, and EU regulatory procedures. TNO Voeding, PO Box 360, Zeist Utrecht 3700 AJ (www.voeding.tno.nl).

Pesticide residue testing services were highlighted at the Environmental Micro Analysis (E.M.A.) Inc. booth. The company specializes in this field and uses methods developed by the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture, FDA, and EPA. Rapid service and low costs were emphasized. E.M.A. Inc., 40 N. East St., Ste. B, Woodland, CA 95776 (phone 530-666-6890, fax 530-666-2987, www.emalab.com).

Immunoassays available include testing services in meat species, allergens and food proteins, mycotoxins (Euro-diagnostica), and veterinary diagnostics. DNA and anitation testing are also available. ELISA Technologies, Inc., 4581-L NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609 (phone 352-337-3929, www.elisa-tek.com).

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Laboratory services highlighted by ABC Research Corp. included CNST testing, allergen and pathogen screening, FDA import detention capabilities, species testing, acrylamide testing, chloramphenicol testing, mold identification, and process authority. ABC Research Corp., 3437 S.W. 24th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607 (phone 352-372-0436, fax 352-378-6483, www.abcr.com).

Dietary supplement validation contract—AOAC International highlighted its recently awarded FDA and National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements contract to validate the Top 20 dietary supplements as identified by the AOAC Dietary Supplement Task Group. This will be done through the AOAC Official Methods program, an inter-laboratory validation study involving eight to ten labs, with the goal to create a compendium of reference methods. AOAC International, 481 N Frederick Ave., Suite 500, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (phone 301-924-7077, fax 301-924-7089, www.aoac.org).

Testing services highlighted by Certified Labs included nutritional analyses, vitamin assays, extraneous matter, pesticides, residuals, water, vanilla, olive and vegetable oils, can seam analysis, and chloramphenicol. Pathogen testing is also available. Certified Laboratories Inc., 200 Express St., Plainview, NY 11803 (phone 516-576-1400, fax 516-576-1410, www.800certlab.com).    

Independent microbiological analyses services highlighted assure product integrity, sanitation efficacy, and regulatory compliance. Also highlighted by this full-service laboratory and first-time IFT Food Expo exhibitor were customized shelf-life evaluations and predictive modeling to identify and correct issues affecting product stability. DonLevy Laboratories, 1551 E. 89th Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410-7133 (phone 219-736-0472, 219-736-0539, www.donlevylab.com).

Comprehensive sanitation protection program highlighted by Ecolab, combines integrated intervention systems with thorough operational efficiencies systems. The EcoShield program delivers customized and integrated plant sanitation programs, including advanced sanitation technologies, food surface treatments, personnel hygiene programs, pest elimination services, and GuardIon food irradiation technologies. Ecolab Inc., 370 N. Wabasha St. N., St Paul, MN 55102 (phone 651-293-2549, fax 651-293-2260).

Trans fatty acid testing for nutrition labeling was one of the main services highlighted by Michelson Laboratories. Other services available include cChemical and microbiological analyses, shelf-life studies, nutritional labeling, wastewater testing, rapid microbiological testing, and analysis of FDA-detained product. Michelson Laboratories, 6280 Chalet Dr., Commerce, CA 90040 (phone 562-928-0553, fax 562-927-6625, www.michelsonlab.com).

Analytical testing capabilities at Covance Labs have grown with the company’s recent $8-million expansion of its food, dietary supplement, and biotechnology testing facilities. The company’s testing services include nutrients, stability, microbiology, phytochemicals, residues, product container/enclosure, raw materials, botanicals, and method development. Covance Labs., 3301 Kinsman Blvd., Madison, WI 53704 (phone 888-COVANCE, www.covance.com).

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Food allergen testing services highlighted included assays to detect peanuts, almonds, walnuts, eggs, casein, soy, sesame, and whey. Confidential consultation regarding processing issues involving allergenic foods was also promoted, as was an extensive food allergy database. Food Allergy Research & Resource Program, 143 Food Industry Complex, Lincoln, NE 68583-0955 (phone 402-472-4430, fax 402-472-4474 www.farrp.org).

Diversified analytical services highlighted included label verification analyses and method development for dietary supplements and herbal products. Microbac Labs also promoted its food chemistry analyses services, which include nutritional labeling, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, sugar profile analysis, filth, and heavy metals. Microbac Laboratories Inc., Franklin Corporate Center, Wexford, PA 15090 (phone 724-934-5078, fax 724-934-5088, www.microbac.com).

Chemical and microbiological testing services were highlighted by GeneScan USA, as well as GMO testing. The company also promoted its HACCP, GMP, and identity preservation support services. GeneScan USA Inc., 101 Woodland Hwy, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 (phone 504-398-0940, fax 504-398-0945, www.gmotesting.com).  

Organic certification services are available from Quality Assurance International. The services include an organic certification program, third party independent on-site inspections, and USDA’s National Organic Program Standards. The company was developed specifically for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of food, fiber, and other products which are organically grown under a management policy of sustainable agriculture. Quality Assurance International (QAI), 12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130 (phone 858-792-3531, www.qai-inc.com). 

Food and agricultural testing, audit, and certification services were highlighted for nutraceuticals, isoflavones, polyphenolics, fats and oils, beverages, grains, oilseeds, sugar and sugar products, milk and dairy products, meat and poultry products, spices, vitamins, and animal feeds, aflatoxins/mycotoxins. The company’s capabilities include chemical analysis, baking-lab tests, monographs, amino acids profile, and GMO content and identification, as well as HAACP global certification, auditing, testing and inspection services for processed foods, packaged foods, additives, and bulk agricultural cargos. ITS Caleb Brett/Labtest, 2200 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027 (phone 713-407-3500, fax 713-407-3594, www.itscb.com).

Miniature plant trial services are available with steam injection, tubular or plate heating, focused microwave heating, and in-line homogenization Ultra-Clean Filling. MicroThermics Inc., 3216-B Wellington Ct., Raleigh, NC 27615 (phone 919-878-8045, fax 919-878-8032, www.microthermics.com).

Antibiotic testing is one area in which Strasburger & Siegel Inc. is stronger than ever. The company offers antibiotic residue testing for Tetracyclines, Chloramphenicol, Bacitracin, Virginiamycin, Flavomycin, Ceftiofur, Enrofloxacin, Erythromycin, Gentamycin, Sulfa Drugs, Penicillin, Tylosin, Neomycin, Lincomycin, Spectinomycin, and Streptomycin. Strasburger & Siegel Inc., 7249 National Drive, Hanover, Md. 21076-1324 (phone 800-875-6532, www.saslabs.com ).

Analytical laboratory services highlighted included microbiology, molecular biology, food chemistry, residue chemistry, and nutritional labeling. Warren Analytical Laboratory, 650 ‘O’ St., Greeley, CO 80631 (phone 970-304-7115, fax 970-351-6648, www.warrenlab.com).

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Chemical and microbiological testing and analytical services highlighted included Mercury testing. Miller Labs, 1675 W. 2750 S, Ogden, UT 84401 (phone 801-627-3050, fax 801-612-9191).

Dairy analysis services were highlighted, as well as a number of other laboratory services. Testing services available include chemistry, microbiology, sensory, consumer research, pilot plant, nutrition labeling, library, and regulatory compliance. The company also promoted the work of its sensory/consumer research group which offers difference testing, acceptance testing, descriptive analysis, and consumer guidance testing. A pilot plant was also highlighted. rtech laboratories, 4001 Lexington Ave. N, St Paul, MN 55164, (phone 651-481-2668, fax 651-481-2002, www.rtechlabs.com). 

PCR testing services for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli O157:H7 were highlighted. The company guarantees confirmed next day results for Salmonella and E. coli and confirmed results in 48 hours or less for Listeria. Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories, 1126 N. Front St., New Ulm, MN 56073 (phone 800-782-3557 and 507-354-8517, fax 507-359-2890, www.mvtl.com).

Gene sequencing microbial identification services were highlighted by Silliker Inc. Based on rRNA gene sequences, this phylogenetic system eliminates subjective or growth-based test interpretation. Silliker, Inc., 900 Maple Rd., Homewood, IL 60430 (phone 708-957-7878, fax 708-957-1483, www.silliker.com ).

High-pressure processing services were highlighted by the National Food Laboratory. The service offers consumers safer, fresher tasting, more nutritious products with the added value of a longer shelf life. The National Food Laboratory Inc., 6363 Clark Ave., Dublin, CA 94568 (phone 925-828-1440, fax 925-833-9239, www.TheNFL.com ).

Quality assurance and R&D services highlighted included food quality and safety, laboratory, legal and regulatory affairs support, sensory research and training, labeling support, auditing, product development and research support, shelf life studies, consumer complaints, QA/QC Programs, consulting, training and education, nutrition labeling, and investigations. Northland Laboratories, 1818 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062 (phone 847-272-8700, fax 847-272-2348, www.northlandlabs.com).

Chemistry and microbiology analysis and consultation services highlighted include fatty acid profiles, trans fat analysis, probiotic/prebiotic analysis, and GMO analysis. Q Laboratories, Inc., 1400 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45214-1606 (phone 513-471-1300, fax 513-471-5600, www.qlaboratories.com) .

Microbiology laboratory services highlighted by NP Analytical Labs provide reliable pathogen tests. The company also highlighted its comprehensive chemistry and microbiology testing services, which include protein, fat, moisture, ash, and crude fiber as well as acid and neutral detergent fiber and dietary fiber. Ingredient and product quality tests services are also available. NP Analytical Laboratories, Checkerboard Square, St Louis, MO 63164 (phone 800-423-6832, fax 314-982-1078, www.npal.com).

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Software Services
Web-based product development software system,
DevEX®, was introduced at Food Expo. The product, described as a lifecycle management tool, includes collaborative communication, which links team members who may be located in different locations and working different hours to solve problems like misplaced documents and difficulty in getting timely feedback from other members. The system also automatically produces a project template with defined tasks and objectives and provides task lists and milestones by team member or department or total enterprise for single or multiple projects. Detailed experiment and trial notes can be entered in a single product tree-view and formulas that are created can be tested against key compliance issues. Key decision makers can use risk assessment tools and cost analysis at earlier points of development. It is designed for project information to be located in a single database with XML-enabled Web services. Selerant Corp., 45 Main Street, # 708, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (phone 718-260-8037, fax 718-260-8038, www.selerant.com).

Hand-held software to automate food inspection protocols enables real-time reporting and analytic tracking in order to better protect both consumers and brands. Guelph Food Technology Centre recently formed a partnership with Carmina Technologies to utilize this handheld software, named Assur-FQP (Food Quality Protection), to automate food inspection protocols. GFTC is a Canadian food safety training, auditing, and consulting group for the agri-food industry. Carmina is an application service provider that offers simplified planning/scheduling, execution, monitoring, and reporting devices for the food processing industry. The companies exhibited side-by-side and demonstrated how the technology works. Guelph is providing Carmina with its food inspection and audit systems, which will be incorporated into Carmina’s computerized Assur system and, using hand-held units, will enable auditors to collect detailed information and upload it to a secure database of audit results for that client. This enables clients to see audit results as a snapshot on a particular occasion and rearrange the data so that they can view results from various perspectives, such as different plants’ relative rankings, changes over time, and results by product line. Guelph Food Technology Center, 88 McGilvray St., Guelph, ON N1G2W1, Canada (phone 519-821-1246, fax 519-836-1281, www.gftc.ca). Carmina Technologies Inc., 36 Toronto St., Ste. 250, Toronto, ON M5C-2C5, Canada (phone 877-280-0298, www.carminatech.com).

Customized software solutions highlighted by Invictus Systems included software engineering, client/server and Web-based applications development, process modeling, and conceptual and physical data modeling. The company’s solutions work includes client/server, Web-based, three-tier, and other technical environments. Invictus Systems Corp., 5280 Lyngate Court, Burke, VA 22015 (phone 703-503-8060, www.invictus63.com).

Product development software reduces the time traditionally required for development of new or improved products. ProductVision 4.0 is available from product development and regulatory compliance software maker Advanced Software Designs, contains tools to manage all aspects of new product creation from recipe development to packaging and manufacturing requirements. Advanced Software Designs, 1350 El-bridge Payne Rd., Ste. 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017 (phone 636-532-6021, fax 636-532-2935, www.asdsoftware.com).

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Food labeling software, Nutritionist Pro™, helps create and design camera-ready Nutrition Facts labels that meet all requirements of the FDA Code of Federal Regulations. The product, highlighted at First DataBank’s booth, is available as an add-on module to Nutritionist Pro, or as a stand-alone product. First DataBank Inc. (phone 800-633-3453 West or 800-428-4495 East, www.nutritionistpro.com).

Integration software, Accolade, integrates technology and human-based decision support to reduce product development spending waste and accelerate time to market. Sopheon, 2850 Metro Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55425 (phone 952-851-7500, fax 952-851-7766, www.sopheon.com).

Product development software solutions on display included CompusenseÆ Five, CompusenseÆ QC, and CompusenseÆ Commuter. The company also conducts contract research. Compusense Inc., 111 Farquhar St., Guelph ON N1H 3N4, Canada, (phone 519-836-9993, 519-836-9898, www.compusense.com).

Vicinity software version 2.0 adds MSDS functionality to its feature set available, as well as extended lot selection and integration to Microsoft Small Business Manager. Vicinity Manufacturing, 145 Church St., Marietta, GA 30060 (phone 770-421-2467, fax 770-421-8168, www.vicinitymanufacturing.com).

HACCP software, scanHACCP, simplifies the FDA’s record-keeping requirements by providing automated data collection. The program utilizes a pocket PC and bar code scanning to ease the paperwork burden of traditional data collection. All inputs are logged to a secure database, and user names and times are logged automatically. Overdue points are alarmed and escalated to a supervisor as required. Norback, Ley, & Associates, LLC, 3022 Woodland Trail, Middleton, WI 53562 (phone 608-233-3814; fax 608-233-3895).

Product development software, Genesis R&D, allows the user to customize work and save time of reentry and hand calculations. In addition to the nine Nutrition Labeling and Education Act label formats and a supplement label, a variety of professional reports are available. The user can view the analysis as a spreadsheet, protein quality report, bar graph comparison, or single nutrient report. The program allows users to enter a complete ingredient statement and print it with a Nutrition Facts panel. ESHA Research Inc., 4263 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 (phone 503-585-6242, fax 503-585-5543, www.esha.com).

Formulation and Nutrition Labeling Software, TechWizard™, was a highlight at the Owl Software booth. Tech-Wizard is a computer software program that meets food product development, quality management, regulation, sale, or manufacture needs. Services include training for the software, formula development (including least cost formulation and reverse engineering), and nutrition labeling. The resulting files can be transferred to the client for use with their own TechWizard, which can be customized to meet particular needs. Owl Software, 503 E. Nifong Blvd., #210, Columbia, MO 65201 (phone 888-621-9063, www.owlsoft.com).

Automation software in the Assur family was highlighted at Assured Performance Monitoring’s booth. The products include Assur-FQP™, Assur-Health & Safety™, and PestAssur™. Assured Performance Monitoring Inc., 36 Toronto St., Toronto, Ontario M5C-2C5, Canada (phone 416-410-6114, fax 416-848-1241, www.apm-services.com).

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Consulting Services
A new food-grade manufacturing and distribution facility
in southeast Chicago was one of the highlights at ARRO Corp.’s booth this year. The company provides contract manufacturing, processing, logistics, and warehousing services. The new facility was purchased from General Mills and brings ARRO’s processing and warehousing capabilities to more than 325,000 sq ft. The plant is located at 10459 S. Muskegon Ave., Chicago, IL 60617 (phone 773-264-2200). ARRO Corp., 7440 Santa Fe Dr., Hodgkins, IL 60525 (phone 708-352-8200, www.arro.com).

Product launch and maintenance services provided by professional toxicologists and international partners for producing custom-tailored solutions for all regulatory needs affecting FDA and USDA regulated products. Services within the toxicology and regulatory arena include risk, safety, and efficacy assessments to support health and structure/function claim substantiation, as well as GRAS notifications/determinations, food additive petition, and color additive petition. The company also highlighted its posting of FEMA GRAS 21 on its Web site, www.burdockgroup.com. Burdock Group, 780 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 300, Vero Beach, FL 32962 (phone 772-562-3900 or 888-6-BURDOCK, www.burdockgroup.com).

Flexible, interactive program, Voice of the Consumer, that forms a bridge between focus groups and large-scale consumer tests. The program integrates and focuses marketing and product developing or problematic categories and can help drive strategic, portfolio mix decisions. Tragon Corp. also highlighted its other custom research services which use sensory science, product testing, behavioral psychology, and statistics to develop a comprehensive landscape of the client’s marketplace. Tragon Corp., 365 Convention Way, Redwood City, CA 94063 (phone 650-365-1833, www.tragon.com).

Customs brokering services and international freight forwarding services were highlighted at Western Overseas Corp.’s booth. The company provides services to the food industry to handle all their ocean and air shipment needs. It provides import and export documentation, international freight forwarding, world wide banking, insurance, and warehousing services. Western Overseas Corp., 1855 Coronado Ave., Long Beach, CA 90755, (phone 562-985-0616, www.westernoverseas.com).

New world-class research facility includes services from specialists in product development and aseptic processing and packaging technology. The research center, located in Stockton, Calif., is a 26,000-sq-ft complex that houses numerous laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment for services such as pilot aseptic processing and packaging, microbiological challenge testing, contract process authority, product development and evaluation, and analytical support. Creative Research Management Inc., 2029 E. Harding Way, Stockton, CA 95205 (phone 209-938-0900, fax 209-938-0769, www.crmcorp.net).

Food safety audits and training can be conducted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French Canadian. The company has added animal welfare audits to the already existing GMP, HACCP verification, quality systems, security, and allergen audits. Steritech, 9191 Towne Centre Dr., San Diego, CA 92122 (phone 858-535-2040, fax 858-535-2043).

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Creative solutions for food industry problems include services covering all stages of business development, problem analysis for product and process improvement, and disciplined food safety. Alliance of Technical Professionals, 3368 Prairie Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588 (phone 925-484-1109, www.atpconsultants.com).

Ingredient solutions expertise is available for sourcing, blending, logistics, and quality assurance. Assistance is available for identifying and procuring the best ingredients, providing blending and warehousing services that save both procurement and labor expense, and a host of supply chain solutions. Industrial Food Ingredients, 46 East Fourth St., Saint Paul, MN 55101-1109 (phone 651-222-1256, fax 651-222-4495, www.industrialfoodingredients.com).

Technology-based consulting services highlighted included market and industry analysis, strategy development and implementation, technology strategy, sensory and consumer insight, and product development. TIAX LLC(formerly Technology & Innovation Group of Arthur D. Little, Inc.),15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA 02140 (phone 617-498-5125, www.tiax.biz).

Useful applications for by-products as a result of food processing include feed applications, which turn a costly problem into a revenue source. Animal feed manufacture company International Ingredient Corp. highlighted this service, which includes convenient and timely pick up of by-products, drop trailers, and collection modules. International Ingredient Corp., 4240 Utah St., St Louis, MO 63116 (phone 314-776-2700, fax 314-776-3395, www.iicag.com).

Design services for food manufacturing and distribution facilities available include total design for new facilities, plant renovations and expansions, master planning services, and remedial design. The primary focus of design services are in the bakery, dairy, meat, and prepared foods industries with specific engineering expertise in total processing plant design, bulk handling systems, evaporating/drying operations, refrigeration, low temp buildings, food processing systems, packaging systems, and controls, as well as familiarity with AIB, USDA, and FDA food plant sanitation requirements. Webber/Smith Associates Inc., 1857 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA 17601 (phone 717-291-2266, fax 717-291-4401, www.webbersmith.com).

Problem solving services in the areas of flow, heat transfer, combustion, and particulate control are available from Airflow Sciences Corp. The company provides modeling, field and laboratory testing, custom hardware design, inspection services, and software development. Consulting services include development of improvements for a wide range of food processing equipment. Airflow Sciences Corp., 37501 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150 (phone 734-464-8900, fax 734-464-5879, www.airflowsciences.com). 

Regulatory consulting services highlighted included assistance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), registration and listing of products and ingredients, dietary supplements, and acting as a U.S. agent. Phoenix Regulatory Associates Ltd., 21525 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 240, Sterling, VA 20166 (phone 703-406-0906, fax 703-406-9513 www.phoenixrising.com).

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Site location assistance services are available from Alliant Energy. The company serves a four-state utility service territory that consists of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It has a searchable database of more than 200 buildings, 350 sites, and 200 community profiles in the territory. The company’s consulting services are confidential and without cost or obligation and include customized research and information services, engineering and technical assistance, site visit coordination and liaison with local communities, access to state and local contacts and incentives, and cost-saving, energy-related products. Alliant Energy, 200 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (phone 800-937-0177, fax 319-786-4567, www.midwestsites.com ).

Web-based customized reports make data readily available to customers who require food quality and safety, GMPs, and third party auditing services, as well as HACCP vendor compliance audits. Food safety training and educational programs were also highlighted. ASI Food Safety Consultants, 7625 Page Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63133 (phone 314-725-2555 and 800-477-0778 ext. 308, fax 314-727-2563, www.asifood.com ).

Scientific and global regulatory strategies services available to the food and dietary supplement industries include safety assessments, expert scientific reviews, preparation of regulatory notifications and submissions, dietary intake/exposure estimates, substantiation of health-related claims, and facilitation of global regulatory approval. Cantox Health Sciences International, 2233 Argentina Rd., Mississauga ON L5N 2X7, Canada (phone 905-542-2900, fax 905-542-1011, www.cantox.com ).

Satisfying FDA import requirements involves analyses services highlighted by Anresco Inc. The company also provides other analyses, research, and consulting services, including nutrition facts labeling, microbiology, pesticide residue testing, shelf life testing, and herbal supplements. Anresco Inc., 1370 Van Dyke Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124 (phone 415-822-1100, fax 415-822-6615, www.anresco.com ).

Global New Products Database monitors worldwide product innovation in consumer packaged goods. It offers coverage of new product activity for monitoring competitors and generating new product ideas. The site features photos, ingredients, product details, packaging details, a download facility, email alert service, historical data, and free consultant advisory services from editorial teams in London and Chicago. Mintel, 213 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610 (phone 312-932-0400, fax 312-932-0469, www.mintel.com ).

Direct marketing and interactive e-marketing solutions services are available to help companies maximize the marketing dollar and measure brand awareness and response rates for test offers. Production services were also highlighted. DaVinci, 228 South Wabash, Chicago, IL 60606 (phone 312-987-1051, fax 312-697-1577, www.davincigraphics.com ).

Research and product development services highlighted include pre-clinical to clinical trials, data analysis, and research consultation. The company also promoted its screening techniques used to develop nutraceutical and functional food products. KGK Synergize Inc., 255 Queens Ave., Suite 1030, London, ON N6A 5R8, Canada (phone 519-438-9374, fax 519-438-8314, www.kgksynergize.com ).

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Pest management services available to the food processing industry include the Signature Care program, which features a true IPM approach, certified IPM specialists, training for personnel, extensive service coverage, quick response time, and a guarantee. The company also highlighted sparrow management for commercial facilities, among other pest solution services. Copesan—Specialists in Pest Solutions, 3490 N. 127th St., Brookfield, WI 53005 (phone262-783-6261, fax 262-783-6267, www.copesan.com ).

Research services on display included global regulatory, market, and technical intelligence services, publications, and databases. Also highlighted was Web-based service Global Food Markets, which features market data for 20 product sectors in individual countries in Europe (including Russia), South America, and Asia, plus Company profiles. Leatherhead Food International, Randalls Rd., Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7RY, United Kingdom (phone +44 13-7237-6761, fax +44 13-72286228, www.leatherheadfood.com).

Sanitation systems AutoClean and AutoFlush were among the services highlighted by Orkin. The company also offers customized, guaranteed integrated pest management. Orkin Pest Control, Orkin Commercial Services, Atlanta GA 30324, (phone 800 ORKIN NOW, fax 404 888 2012, www.orkin.com). 

Flavor development services were among the scientific analytical solutions on display at the Brechbühler booth. Brechbühler Inc., 18512 Carrot St., #409, Spring, TX 77379 (phone 281-370-9290, www.brechbuehler.com)

Food safety services available include irradiation and sterilization processing employing gamma, e-beam, x-ray and EtO technologies. Processing services for spices, herbs, botanicals, food packaging, and pet treats will also be highlighted. GUARDiON, IBA Food Safety Division, P. O. Box 17349, Memphis, TN 38187-0349 (phone 901-850-5331, fax 901-850-5332, www.GUARDiONsafe.com).

Custom Formulating, Processing, and Packaging Services
Dry ingredients custom blending services
highlighted included packaging the finished product according to the customer’s specifications, with or without private labeling, and then shipping when and where needed. The company highlighted new blending procedures for allergenic products, genetically-modified, and non-genetically-modified products as well. Blendex Co., 11208 Electron Dr., Louisville, KY 40299-3828 (phone 800-BLENDEX, fax 502-267-1024, www.blendex.com).

Equipment engineering services are available to the food industry. Foster-Miller works with customers to meet their needs from concept development through design, build, debug, installation, and integration. Products, equipment, proprietary rights, and patents developed with customer funds are assigned to the customer. Foster-Miller, 195 Bear Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451 (phone 781-684-4172, fax 781-290-0693, www.foster-miller.com).

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Contract services highlighted by Diehl Inc. included dry formulating, blending, and packaging. The company also offers bulk handling and storage of dairy and non-dairy ingredients, as well as continuous canning and sterilizing for consumer cans and retort for #10 size cans and #10 flexible pouches. Diehl Inc., 24 N. Clinton St., Defiance, OH 43512-1800 (phone 419-782-5010, fax 419-784-5924, www.diehlinc.com). 

Custom spray drying services for oils and emulsions, high fat systems, and encapsulated flavor systems were on display at Brady Enterprises’ booth. Other contract manufacturing services were also highlighted. Brady Enterprises Inc., 167 Moore Rd, P.O. Box 890099, East Weymouth, MA 02189-0002 (phone 781-337-5000, fax 781-337-9338, www.bradyenterprises.com).

Custom nutrient premix system development services for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries were highlighted. The nutrient systems are custom formulated to meet the needs of each customer. Premixes in liquid or powder form can be designed to develop products that target particular demographic markets and condition-specific health concerns. Fortitech, 2105 Technology Dr., Schenectady, NY 12308 (phone 518-372-5155, fax 518-372-5599, www.fortitech.com). 

Extrusion services highlighted at Buhler Inc.’s booth included RTE cereals, petfood, ingredients, aquafeed, and snacks. The focus was on twin screw cooking and forming, fluid-bed drying, size reduction, and mixing. Buhler Inc., PO Box 9497, Minneapolis, MN 55440-9497 (phone 763-847-9900, fax 763-847-9911, www.buhlergroup.com).

Private label contract manufacturing services highlighted included special expertise in corn-based snacks and potato chips. The company also promoted its product development services, including extrusion, sheeting, baking, frying, popping, and coating. Wyandot Inc., 135 Wyandot Ave., Marion, OH 43302 (phone 800-992-6368, fax 740-382-5584, www.wyandotsnacks.com).

Blending and contract manufacturing services were on display at the Compact Industries booth. Compact Industries, 3945 Ohio Ave., Saint Charles, IL 60174 (phone 800-513-4262, fax 630-513-9655, www.compactind.com).

Milling industry professionals were able to find services relating to their businesses at the Research Products Co. booth. Services on display included standard-setting flour oxidation and maturing services, vitamin and mineral premixes, micro-ingredient dispensing systems, and on-site field servicing. Research Products Co., PO Box 1460, Salina, KS 67402 (phone 785-825-2181, fax 785-825-8908, www.researchprod.com).

Culinary services were demonstrated by Certified Master Chef Michael Robins, GSC Blending Co.’s Director of Culinary Services. The company also highlighted its blending and packaging services. GSC Blending Co., 3600 Atlanta Industrial Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30331 (phone 800-453-9997, fax 404-696-4546).

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Custom culinary services are available for creations made from roasted, baked, and seasoned potatoes included innovative cut styles and sizes and new technology for infinite seasoning applications rates. Norsun Food Group, Inc., 8050 Beckett Ridge Dr., Suite 323, West Chester, OH 45069 (phone 800-886-4326, fax 513-870-0971, www.norsun.com).

Kosher and Halal Certification Services
Kosher supervision and certification services
were highlighted by KOAOA. The association is a member of the Association of Kashrus Organizations. KOAOA—Kosher Overseers, PO Box 10209, Beverly Hills, CA 90213 (phone 323-870-0011, fax 323-567-4371, www.kosher.org).

Halal certification services available include consulting services for resolving technical issues about food products, ingredients, and processing in formulating new or existing food products for Halal certification for domestic and international markets. Muslim Consumer Group, PO Box 8538, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 (phone 847-722-8961, fax 847-392-8960, www.muslimconsumergroup.com).

On-line Kosher certification services highlighted included Web site capabilities for generating ingredient approvals and Kosher certificates on-line. Kof-K Kosher Supervision also promoted its production and product development services. Kof-K  Kosher Supervision, 201 The Plaza, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (phone 201-837-0500, fax 201-837-0126, www.kof-k.org).

Halal supervision, certification, and consulting services are available for food products, ingredients, nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. Services are provided in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and North and West Africa. Islamic Food & Nutrition Council, 5901 N Cicero, #309, Chicago, IL 60646 (phone 773-283-3708, fax 773-283-3973, www.ifanca.org).

Electronic letters of Kosher certification assure efficient, secure transmission of multiple letters of certification, as well as ingredient lists and other pertinent information. This time-efficient method of certification means companies are only a click away from the data they need. Star-K Kosher Certification, 122 Slade Ave, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21208 (phone 410-484-4110, fax 410-653-9294, www.star-k.org).

Training, Research, Information, and Other Services
A healthy eating and active living Web site for kids
(www.Kidnetic.com) was a major attraction at the International Food Information Council booth. IFIC is one of six partner organizations that created the interactive and educational site designed to teach kids and their families how to live healthier lives through healthy eating and physical activity. The site hopes to help kids and their families achieve that balance by showing them how to tap into their own energy, or their Kidnetic energy. It features games, “Betchacant” fun and daring physical activities to challenge kids, animated informational features, polls and quizzes, time challenges, an e-mail messaging service, message boards, and a recipe roundup. It is based on two and a half years of research with tweens ages (9-12) and parents. International Food Information Council, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430, Washington, DC 20036 (phone 202-296-6540, www.ific.org).

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Food safety research and education services highlighted included GMP pilot plant, high pressure processing, ultraviolet radiation, thermal processing, magnetic thermometry, and microbiological and instrumental analysis. National Center for Food Safety & Technology, 6502 South Archer Rd., Summit-Argo, IL 60501 (phone 708-563-1576, fax 708-563-1873, www.ncfst.iit.edu).

New food science Web site (www.FoodScienceCentral.com) offers free products and services, including feature articles, mini reviews, regular news updates, Web site reviews, and a searchable database of food-related Web sites. Another Web feature highlighted by IFIS this year was FSTA Direct, the full FSTA database available via its own Web platform direct from IFIS for the first time. International Food Information Service (IFIS), Lane End House, Shinfield Rd., Reading Berkshire RG2 9BB, United Kingdom (phone +44 118 988 3895, fax +44 118 988 5065, www.FoodScienceCentral.com).

Master of agribusiness program is available from Kansas State University. The award-winning program is designed for food and agribusiness professionals and available in Internet and CD-ROM form. The school’s current class includes students in 30 states and 7 countries representing a cross-segment of the food chain. Four international universities are involved with the program to give it a non-U.S. perspective. Kansas State University Master in Agribusiness, 342 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506 (phone 785-532-4495, fax 785-532-6925, www.mab.ksu.edu).

Enhancing space missions and advancing commercial food products through cooperative efforts to develop food and food technologies with NASA scientists and technologists, commercial companies, and academic researchers is the purpose of this center. NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010-8632 (phone 515-296-5384, fax 515-296-6272, www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/ftcsc).

Comprehensive expertise in established and emerging food technology available includes PEF, ozone, ultra high pressure, ohmic, electrostatic, aseptic, thermal, extrusion, electronic nose, sensory, and probiotics. Four proximate pilot plants connect dairy, meat, fruit and vegetable, and emerging tech operations. Cutting-edge research advanced by a NSF Center is directed by industry members. Ohio State University, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, 2015 Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210-1007 (phone 614-292-6281, fax 614-292-0218, http://fst.osu. edu).

Uses for dry and evaporated milks, whey products, lactose, and cheese were highlighted at the American Dairy Products Institute’s booth. The organization also promoted its efforts to collaborate with dairy associations to represent members’ interests regarding state and federal regulatory matters. American Dairy Products Institute, 116 N. York St., Ste. 200, Elmhurst, IL 60126 (phone 630-530-8700, fax 630-530-8707, www.adpi.org).

Problem-solving services for processing and manufacturing value-added foods were highlighted by the Centers of Excellence, which are Penn State University’s Dept. of Food Science’s Impact Groups. The groups include the Center for Food Manufacturing, Food Safety, Materials as Ingredients, Plant and Mushroom Products, Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery, Dairy Foods Manufacturing, and Family and Community Food Systems. Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Food Science, University Park, PA 16802 (phone 814-865-5444, fax 814-863-6132, www.foodscience.psu.edu).

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Training courses are available to the food industry in the areas of baking/food, food safety/HACCP, labeling, maintenance engineering, and occupational safety. The American Institute of Baking also offers food safety and quality auditing services for the baking and allied industries, as well as basic and applied research and technical services. AIB, 1213 Bakers Way, Manhattan, KS 66502 (phone 785-537-4750, fax 785-537-1495, www.aibonline.org).

Grain science and technical information services are available to professionals in the grain-based foods industry from the American Association of Cereal Chemists. The professional association highlighted its 2003 annual meeting in Portland, Ore., as well as analytical check sample services on flour/grain-based matrices and continuing education programs. Its grain science journal Cereal Chemistry and Cereal Foods World magazine were also on display. American Association of Cereal Chemists, 3340 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, MN 55121 (phone 651-454-7250, fax 651-454-0766, www.aaccnet.org).

Educational programs for B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in food science are available from Cornell University. The school has research and extension programs available that are focused on improving the wholesomeness, quality, and availability of food supplies and transferring research-based information and technology to consumers and the food systems of New York State, the nation, and the world. The school also promoted its two pilot plants, which are capable of a wide range of food processing operations are open to clients from the food industry, government, and universities. Cornell Institute of Food Science, Dept. of Food Science, Ithaca, NY 14853-7201 (phone 607-255-7912, fax 607-254-4868, www.nysaes.cornell.edu/cifs/).

Pilot plant services highlighted by the Food Processing Center included extrusion, bakery, dehydration, dairy, meat, and fruit and vegetable. Laboratory services are also available, as are support services, including chemical, microbiological, and sensory laboratories. The center also promoted its business development services, including consulting services, entrepreneur assistance, and identification of custom processors. Food Processing Center, 143 Food Industry Complex, Lincoln, NE 68583-0930 (phone 402-472-2832, fax 402-472-1693, fpc.unl.edu).

Research commercialization educational program highlighted by Texas A&M that features two key interacting programs—Texas Licensing Office and Texas Food and Fibers Commission. The programs focus on finding ways to integrate research and development projects across various sites and will encourage multidisciplinary teams aimed at developing intellectual property, which can be commercialized. Intellectual property agreements with third parties for technology owned by the A&M System and by TWU will be negotiated, executed, and managed by offices at the corresponding universities. Texas A&M University, 1500 Research Parkway., Ste. 220A, College Station, TX 77845 (phone 979-862-2032, fax 979-458-3405, ifse.tamu.edu).

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Distance education courses in food regulation and international food law were highlighted by the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations. The courses give information on laws regulating food safety, biotechnology, organic food, health claims, labeling, and irradiation. They can be accessed via the Internet and run 11-14 weeks. Institute for Food Laws & Regulations,165C National Food Safety & Toxicology Center, East Lansing, MI 48824 (phone 517-355-8295, fax 517-432-1492, http://vu.msu.edu/preview/anr-ifl). 

Educational workshops and conferences were highlighted by the Food Processors Institute. Courses available include those on HACCP, verification and validation, IDV, thermal process development and control, and consumer complaint handling. The Food Processors Institute is the education provider for the National Food Processors Association. Food Processors Institute, 1350 I St. N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (phone 202-393-0890, fax 202-639-5932, www.fpi-food.org).

IFT’s International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo, which will be held November 5-7, 2003, in Orlando, Fla., brings the worlds leading food experts from industry, academia, and government together to address the mounting challenges facing the food science and technology community. The three-day conference provides a forum for comprehensive analysis of the issues, promoting a focused and effective exchange about safety and quality among food-related professionals. The two-day expo will feature exhibits by leading suppliers of instruments, tools, materials, professional services, and processing and packaging technologies, all designed to protect and ensure food safety and quality. IFT International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo, 525 W. Van Buren St., Ste. 1000, Chicago, IL 60607 (phone 312-782-8424, 312-782-0045, www.iftfoodsafety.org). 

Publishers and Publishing Services
IFT publications Food Technology and the Journal of Food Science
give readers important information on the latest developments and research in the world of food science and technology. Food Technology magazine, IFT’s monthly publication, provides in-depth coverage of research developments, industry news, and product innovations. JFS, IFT’s premier science journal, contains peer-reviewed reports of original research and critical reviews of all basic and applied aspects of food science. Institute of Food Technologists, 525 W. Van Buren St., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60607 (phone 312-782-8424, fax 312-416-7921, www.ift.org).

Food and beverage industry information resource the Thomas Food & Beverage Market Place, was highlighted by Grey House publishing. The three-volume set details over 40,000 food and beverage manufacturers, suppliers, transportation firms, warehouses, importers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, and information sources and is available in print, CD-ROM, and on-line database formats. Grey House Publishing, 185 Millerton Rd., Millerton, NY 12546 (phone 518-789-8700, fax 518-789-0556, www.tfir.com).

New title Viewpoints and Controversies in Sensory Science and Consumer Product Testing was highlighted by the Food & Nutrition Press. Other available book titles include Dry-Cured Meat Products, Open Dating of Foods, Verocytotoxigenic E. coli, and the Dictionary of Flavors. Food & Nutrition Press Inc., 6527 Main St., Trumbull, CT 06611 (phone 203-261-8587, fax 203-261-9724, www.foodscipress.com).

Professional publications, CD-ROMs, and videos relating to the food science industry were highlighted by CHIPS. C.H.I.P.S., 10777 Mazoch Rd., Weimar, TX 78962 (phone 979-263-5683, fax 979-263-5685, www.chipsbooks.com).

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Scientific and technical books were on display at publisher John Wiley & Sons’ booth. The company highlighted a number of journals, textbooks, and education materials for colleges, universities, as well as professionals and consumers. John Wiley & Sons, 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 (phone 201-748-6046, fax 201-748-6617, www.wiley.com).

Ingredient handbook series—The Eagan Press Ingredient Handbook Series features 11 resource handbooks, including the newest title in the series, Hydrocolloids. The publisher also gave Expo attendees a show discount off a subscription to its new Food Developers e-Source. Eagan Press, 3340 Pilot Knob Rd., St Paul, MN 55121 (phone 651-454-7250, fax 651-454-0766).

Food science and technology texts and essential references highlighted included new titles Cheese Rheology and Texture; Food Science and Food Biotechnology; Dictionary of Food Compounds with CD-ROM: Additives, Flavors, and Ingredients; Beverage Quality and Safety; Handbook of Fermented Functional Foods; and Natural Colorants for Food and Nutraceutical Uses. CRC Press, 2000 Corporate Blvd. N.W., Boca Raton, FL 33431 (phone 561-994-0555 and 800-374-3401, www.crcpress.com).

A newly redesigned layout for Food Marketing & Technology was promoted at the Expo. The magazine includes topics the industry wants to read about and reaches the decision-makers in Europe and the Asian Pacific regions. Food Marketing & Technology, Blumenstr. 15, Nuremberg, Bavaria D-90402 (phone 49-911-2018215, fax 49-911-20-18100, www.harnisch.com).

Nutraceuticals information on new product launches, marketing trends, ingredient sourcing, packaging, manufacturing equipment, and industry trends were highlighted. Nutraceuticals World, 70 Hilltop Rd., Ramsey NJ 07446 (phone 201-825-2552, fax 201-825-0553, www.nutraceuticalsworld.com).

New developments in ingredients, processing, regulatory, and quality control standards for the dietary supplement and healthy food and beverage industries were highlighted. Nutritional Outlook, 11444 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 900, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (phone 310-445-3700, fax 310-445-3799, www.nutritionaloutlook.com).

Publications on display at the Stagnito Communications booth included Stagnito’s New Products Magazine, Beverage Industry, Candy Industry, Confectioner, Dairy Field, Industria Alimenticia, Meat Retailer, The National Provisioner, PL Buyer, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Retailer, Brand Packaging, Flexible Packaging, and Food & Drug Packaging. Stagnito Communications Inc., 155 Pfingsten Rd., Suite 205, Deerfield, IL 60015, (phone 847-205-5660, 847-205-5680, www.stagnito.com).  

by Sara Langen, Assistant Editor