Plan to attend IFT in Chicago
The Institute of Food Technologists presents some new and exciting programs as well as continues the events that you have come to rely on at its Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, July 17–20, 2010, in Chicago.
Debuting this year, IFT’s Scientific Program will be divided into key issues facing the industry today and core sciences and transformative research that provide the foundation for all things related to food science. The new framework seeks to streamline programming; provide increased opportunities for member involvement; reduce the number of programming “buckets” for easier navigation; reduce the number of sessions to minimize overlap and conflicts; highlight key issues and core sciences; and, in so doing, increase attendee satisfaction.
In 2010, two of the food industry’s leading annual events—the IFT Food Expo and PROCESS EXPO—will be taking place concurrently. This exciting new co-location is your opportunity to benefit from the many information, education, and interaction opportunities you always expect from the IFT Food Expo, and experience PROCESS EXPO’s current trends and new solutions for food processing and packaging, all in one focused, convenient, and cost-effective venue.
Each year, thousands of food professionals from around the world make their way to the IFT Food Expo to see the latest products, technologies, tools, techniques, and services at the most highly regarded new product forum in the industry. With more than 1,000 exhibitors and 500 ingredient companies, the potential for great ideas, professional connections, new opportunities, and profitable relationships is nearly endless.
The IFT Career Center is a great year-round online resource for job seekers and employers alike. But did you know that there are face-to-face employment opportunities available at the Annual Meeting in Chicago? The Employment Bureau is a computerized service offering online recruiting tools for job seekers and employers that culminates with onsite face-to-face interviews. The Employment Bureau will also hold a Career Fair on July 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, visit www.ift.org/IFT10 or call IFT Central at 312-782-8424.
Wellness 10 to discuss healthful foods market
Wellness 10, powered by Food Technology magazine, will help you gain practical, current insights into what it takes to successfully develop and market healthful foods.
Health-conscious consumers are demanding products that aim to promote better health, increase longevity, and prevent the onset of chronic diseases. Greater health awareness among consumers and the potential for premium pricing are helping to fuel growth in the functional foods market. Sustaining this growth will hinge on manufacturers’ ability to focus on food qualities, market effectively, target the appropriate segments, and align with the wider consumer health agenda. Another important point is that investing in the development of healthful foods has potential challenges and risks. Wellness 10 is designed to help you understand the dynamics of this market and, from that, build a realistic growth model with a minimum of risk.
The event will focus on six of the most rapidly growing industry application areas associated with healthful foods: applied science, consumer research/trends, innovation/new technologies, marketing and packaging, product development, and regulations. What’s more, sessions are organized within three tracks to allow you to personalize the learning experience by selecting the sessions that best fit your information needs. The Consumer Lifestyles & Demographics track will highlight how demographics, life choices, and environment affect eating habits, and how these factors affect consumer research, product development, and marketing. The Health Issues track will cover health issues, diseases, and conditions, as well as the foods being developed to address them. The Weight Management track will identify product development opportunities within the weight management arena.
The targeted, specialized information presented at the conference will provide you with new business and marketplace opportunities and ideas as well as sound science that you can apply to your product development work.
Wellness 10 will be held March 24–25, 2010, in Rosemont, Ill. Register by March 1 and save $100. For more information about registration and exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ift.org/wellness.
CRFSFS increases publication frequency
Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety (CRFSFS), IFT’s online-only, open access review journal, in January increased its frequency. With increasing submissions and a ranking of 3rd in the food science categories in Thompson-Reuters’ Annual Citation Index, the journal will move to a bimonthly publication schedule, publishing in January, March, May, July, September, and November. For its first eight years of publication, CRFSFS was published quarterly.
King takes new position
Denise King recently joined the Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as Associate Director.
King brings to the position extensive experience in food science, nutrition, and clinical research. She received her M.S. degree in biochemistry and Ph.D. degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Previously, she was a faculty member at Ohio State University, served as Director of Health Benefits Applications at DuPont Protein Technologies (Solae) in St. Louis, Mo., and led clinical research projects at Medtronic and American Medical Systems in Minneapolis.
A Professional Member of IFT, King is currently a member of the IFT Minnesota Section and has been a member of the Ohio Valley Section and the St. Louis Section, of which she served as chair (1997–98).
Clemens, Murray on Biothera board
Biothera, Eagan, Minn., has chosen two IFT members to serve on its board of scientific advisors. They will provide guidance to Biothera as it develops immune-enhancing products.
Roger Clemens is a faculty member at the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy and a member of the U.S. 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. He was the Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 21 years. A Professional Member of IFT, Clemens is also a food science spokesperson for IFT.
Michael T. Murray, a Member of IFT, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine and the author of more than 30 books on health and nutrition. He is a graduate and former faculty member of Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash.
AMI honors Butts
The American Meat Institute Foundation recently honored John Butts with its Scientific Achievement Award for his work in the area of food safety.
Butts, Vice President of Research at Land O’Frost, Lansing, Ill., developed the “Seek and Destroy” process for investigating sanitation and sanitary design problems. The process has been adopted industrywide. He has worked at the company for 35 years, and has used his knowledge of food safety to help the company advance its food safety practices. In the late 1980s, Butts introduced a pasteurization step and a one-way product process that separated the raw and ready-to-eat foods areas of the plant. Through Butts’ leadership, Land O’Frost implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) years before it became mandated by USDA, according to the company.
Butts is a Professional Member of IFT.
IFT holds Leadership Election
The 2010 IFT Leadership Election, which is being conducted electronically, is in progress Feb. 10–March 11, 2010. During the election, IFT members can cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. To vote using the online process, members will visit a secure Web site that contains background information on all of the candidates. Access will be restricted by a required login, username, and password. Confidential votes will be tabulated automatically by an outside consultant and a report of the results will be issued by IFT shortly after the close of the election. The roster of candidates for this year’s election is as follows.
• Douglas Archer
• Roger Clemens
Board of Directors
• Colin Dennis
• V. Prakash
• Robert Ross
• E.B. Russell
• Marilyn Schorin
• Raymond Winger
• James Wu
Nominations and Elections Committee
• John Floros
• Guy Johnson
• Moira McGrath
• Steve Nojeim
• John Rupnow
The petition process continues to be an integral part of the IFT election. As of press time, the petition process had not ended. Any additional candidates added to the 2010 slate by petition will be announced by IFT and included within the online election materials.
Election information and bios for the candidates are available at www.ift.org/election. Please forward any questions about the online elections to Erin Carter, staff coordinator to the Nominations and Elections Committee, at [email protected].
Section & Division meetings
March 19: Suppliers Night. Location: Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley, Idaho. Contact Josie Landon at 208-785-8290 or [email protected], or visit www.ift.org/sections/intermountain.
June 15: Golf outing. Location: Renditions Golf Course, Davidsonville, Md. Contact Toni Manning at 410-712-7373 or [email protected].
April 6: Speaker session. Location: Williamson Restaurant, Horsham, Pa. Topic: “Obesity—The Lens Through Which All Nutrition Issues are Viewed Today.” Contact Nitin Joshi at 856-342-4866 or [email protected]. com, or visit www.philadelphiaift.org.
May 4: Students night. Location: Gloucester County College, Gloucester, N.J. Speaker: Marianne Gillette, IFT President (2009–10) and Vice President of Technical Competencies and Platforms, McCormick & Co. Inc. Contact Nitin Joshi at 856-342-4866 or [email protected], or visit www.philadelphiaift.org.
Visit www.ift.org to view the Events Calendar, including listings for Section and Division meetings, and for information on how to list your event.