Panel to discuss trend mega-drivers
The basic drivers of food selection—and thus new product development criteria—are changing, both in the United States and internationally, and include aging baby boomers, Hispanic population growth, environmental concerns and sustainability, an increase in births, new convenience demands, and more.

The Food Technology Trend Panel presentation, "Developing Products for Green, Gray, and Growing Consumers," which is sponsored by DSM, will offer new twists on the mega-drivers, provide insights into health and nutrition trends, and address the "greening" of the food industry. The panel, scheduled for 8:30–10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the 2008 IFT Annual Meeting & Food ExpoSM, will include insights from three speakers who will share their expertise in trend analysis and product development.

A. Elizabeth Sloan, Contributing Editor, Food Technology magazine, and President, Sloan Trends Inc., will moderate the panel. Diane Crispell, Executive Editor, GfK Roper will speak about the mega-drivers; Tom Vierhile, Director, Productscan Online Datamonitor, will discuss new health and nutrition concepts and "in"gredients; and Laurie Demeritt from Hartman Group will focus on the greening of the food industry.

This year’s Annual Meeting & Food Expo will provide information on the latest trends and newest product innovations in the food industry. Join other food professionals from industry, government, and academia in New Orleans, La., as they hone their skills, share ideas, and make new business connections. For more information, visit

IFT recognizes 50-year members
The following individuals received 50-year-member lapel pins this year:

Donald E. Alguire, Leonard W. Aurand, Milton E. Bailey, Ruth E. Baldwin, Fred J. Baur, Vincent Bavisotto, Paul M. Bessey, Frank Bloom, Marshall J. Bozzi, Ronald W. Bronsweig, Lee Brown, Joseph Brudnak, Francis Cheng, Gordon R. Christensen, George J. Cocoma, Robert Cook, Irwin Cooper, M. De Figueiredo, Walter J. Dunden, William J. Englar, Felix Epstein, Emilio P. Ferrari, Val J. Fischer, Gordon W. Fuller, Reginald A. Gallop, Wayne Z. Gottshall, Claire S. Gulamerian, S.F. Haddad, Lewis E. Harris, Warren E. Hartman, Daniel E. Hooton, John F. Hueser, Jerry D. Hudson, Joseph H. Hulse, N.T. Isaacs, Joseph R. Iturbe, J.M. Jay, Murray J. Jaye, George F. Karoly, Stanley J. Kazeniac, Warren J. Keuhn, Judith A. Kintner, Albert W. Kleinschmidt, Paul W. Klusmeyer, Leonard V. Kondrot, Walter F. Kough, Marvin N. Kragt, Melvin E. Krigel, Martin Kunkel, C. Edward Land, Jr., Kwoh H. Li, Howard W. Lincoln, John Liston, Wayne E. Livingston, Dudley C. Martin, Edwin H. Melvin, Pasquale J. Morone, Thomas R. Mulvaney, Patrick J. Normoyle, F.S. Nury, Carl F. Obenauf, Alfred Oppenheimer, Martha Louise Orr, Robert C. Pearl, Donald W. Penn, Frank Petrik, Richard C. Pisano, Sr., Alan J. Post, James F. Price, Harold Rapp, Norman S. Rich, Gary H. Richardson, Duane E. Rohrer, John V. Rush, Gerald M. Sapers, Michael Sanna, Rachel A. Schemmel, J. Richard Storey, James R. Stouffer, David H. Strong, R. Thiessen, Jr., Roy W. Upham, Richard H. Whelan, Howard J. Wolfmeyer, and Ronald E. Wrolstad.

Enology society honors Singleton
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture recently honored Vernon Singleton by holding the Singleton Symposium on Phenolics Substances in Grapes and Wines. The one-day event included eight of the nation’s phenolic experts discussing their research and how Singleton’s work was the foundation for their efforts.

Singleton’s research included developing ripeness-quality-composition criteria, characterizing epoxycarotenoids, and developing a test for the bruising of pineapples. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where he joined the faculty in 1958. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. He is an Emeritus Member of IFT.

MGP hires Bremer
Adam Bremer recently joined MGP Ingredients Inc., Atchison, Kan., as an applications technologist. His responsibilities will focus on the company’s textured protein technology platform, which primarily consists of the Wheatex® line of textured wheat proteins.

He will also assist in developing and commercializing new textured protein ingredients, perform product application/formulation work to provide solutions to customer-based projects, and assist customers with product development and manufacturing initiatives.

Bremer is a Member of IFT.

Creswell promoted at Webber/Smith
Webber/Smith Associates, Lancaster, Pa., has promoted Charles A. Creswell to Vice President of Project Management.

Creswell, a Member of IFT, has more than 25 years of project management, project engineering, and process design experience in the food and process industries. He has worked for Hershey Co., Sweet Street Desserts, and FDL–USA.

Novak to lead R&D at Green Mountain
Green Mountain Coffee, Waterbury, Vt., has named Tom Novak as Vice President, Product and Process Development. He will lead research and development projects and business development activities, as well as centralize the company’s new product processes to meet consumer needs through innovative product launches and packaging technologies.

Novak, a Member of IFT, brings more than 28 years of experience in product, process, and package development for consumer packaged goods and foods.

Griffiths joins USP
Jim Griffiths recently joined U.S. Pharmacopeia, Rockville, Md., as Vice President of Food and Dietary Supplement Standards in its Documentary Standards Division.

His responsibilities include overseeing the development of the Food Chemicals Codex, Dietary Supplements Compendium, and allied activities.

Griffiths has more than 20 years of experience in toxicology risk assessment, project management, regulatory affairs, and international communications, having worked at Burdock Group, Food and Drug Administration, International Specialty Products, Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association, Distilled Spirits Council, and Avon Products Inc.

He is a Professional Member of IFT.

Hahn wins Geddes award
David Hahn, Director of Research and Development, New World Pasta Co., won the AACC International William F. Geddes Memorial Award, one of the association’s highest honors. The award honors the diligence of an individual member and recognizes the importance of his or her contributions to the work of the association.

Hahn has served the association in numerous capacities, including leadership activities on committees. He is a Professional Member of IFT.

Castro Cheese names Alvarez president
Castro Cheese Co. Inc., Houston, Texas, named Ricardo "Ric" Alvarez President and Chief Executive Officer. Castro Cheese markets Mexican-style cheeses and creams.

Prior to joining the company, he was President and CEO of Juanita’s Foods, Los Angeles, Calif., and President and CEO of Ruiz Foods, Dinuba, Calif.

Alvarez, a Professional Member of IFT, earned his B.S. degree in microbiology from the University of South Florida and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida.

Fortitech taps Austin for executive post
Fortitech Europe ApS, Gadstrup, Denmark, has hired Martin Austin as Managing Director/General Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations, including manufacturing, technical, purchasing, finance, and sales from its 60,000-sq-ft processing facility in Gadstrup.

Austin is a Professional Member of IFT.

In Memoriam
Herbert O. Hultin
was a food science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the long-time director of the university’s Marine Station in Gloucester, Mass. During his career, he was awarded more than 50 research grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Fisheries Institute, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and National Institutes of Health. He held six patents related to protein extraction and composition, was on the editorial board of Journal of Food Science, and won numerous awards, including two IFT Achievement Awards. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1989.

Joseph (Joe) Sampugna helped to advance the study of the metabolic effects of trans fatty acids and their presence in the U.S. food supply and in human milk, and was an early advocate for the inclusion of trans fatty acid content on nutritional labels. He was an expert on gas chromatography and developed several useful methods for rapid analysis of fatty acids in foods and tissues. He was Emeritus Professor of biochemistry at the University of Maryland.

William J. Stadelman was an expert in the egg and poultry fields and held patents for a deviled egg process and an aerosol spray for egg preservation. In 1955, he joined the faculty at Purdue University, where he taught poultry science, animal science, and food science courses. After he retired, he was named Emeritus Professor and also remained active as a consultant to the poultry industry. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1971.

Keith Hartley Steinkraus was Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Food Science at Cornell University. He was the American delegate to a United Nations panel on applied microbiology and biotechnology and worked as a consultant to the UN’s Industrial Development Organization to determine how genetic engineering and biotechnology could be used to help developing countries in Africa. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1983.

Other notices: Amile L. Arighi, Thomas A. Bell, Jacob Berman, Marcia Cardetti, James A. Christian, Jay B. Fox, Jr., George H. Hertz, Earl J. Merwin, Francis J. Luskey, John Martone, Eugene J. Misiaszek, Benedict S. Odum, Frank B. Thomas, Vereda K. Williams

If you would like to make a memorial gift in honor of someone special, please contact the development staff at IFT Foundation at 312-782-8424, or visit IFT Foundation at