Park wins Outstanding Scientist Award
Young Park has won the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award from the Association of Research Directors. The award is the highest honor given to a scientist from a land-grant institution.

Park, a professor of food science at Fort Valley State University and a Professional Member of IFT, won the award for his lifelong scientific and professional achievements in food science. He has authored or co-authored more than 230 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters. The most recent book he edited, Bioactive Components in Milk and Dairy Products, includes information about the nutritional, health, and therapeutic values of milk from various animals.

“This book is very unique,” said Park. “None of the books published so far have been about bioactive components in milk of different species of dairy animals. The publications in this field so far have only covered bovine and human milks, but this book covers the whole spectrum of different dairy animal species from around the world.”

Cole new chief at CSIRO
This month, Martin Cole will begin his new position as Chief of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences in Sydney, Australia.

Previously, Cole, a Member of IFT, was Director of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) at Illinois Institute of Technology, Summit-Argo, Ill. While at NCFST, he directed the center’s day-to-day staff and activities and shepherded the implementation of strategic operational plans and food safety and nutrition research.

Born in the UK, Cole received a B.S. degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of East Anglia. His career has included research and management appointments with food companies Unilever and Nabisco.

Long joins Blue Pacific
Blue Pacific Flavors, City of Industry, Calif., has hired Christopher Long as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the company’s manufacturing and flavor processing operations.

In his new role, Long is responsible for solidifying and growing business in Blue Pacific’s North American markets while leveraging the company’s core strengths and leadership in true-to-fruit flavor authenticity through its exclusive license agreement with Plant & Food Research New Zealand (formerly HortResearch).

Prior to joining Blue Pacific Flavors, Long was General Manager, West Coast Flavors at Kerry Ingredients and Flavors, where he led all aspects of manufacturing flavor sales, R&D, quality, and finance. He brings many years of experience with growing sales and profit within the food ingredient manufacturing industry.

He is a Member of IFT.

Sargento promotes Hackl, Sainani
Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth, Wis., recently promoted Craig Hackl to Technology Principal and Mihir Sainani to Senior Research Scientist.

Hackl, a Professional Member of IFT, is responsible for advancing technical issues and bringing in external technologies for the Research and Development team to use in the product development process. In addition to his new responsibilities, Hackl will continue to support the New Business Development area of Research and Development. Hackl started his career at Sargento in May 2006, as a senior research scientist.

Sainani, a Member of IFT, is responsible for product development and technical problem solving in support of the New Business Development area of Research and Development. Since joining Sargento in November 2006, Sainani has been serving as a research scientist.