Registration opens for IFT in Chicago
Registration for the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, July 17–20, in Chicago, Ill., is open.

Join thousands of food professionals from around the world to take advantage of all that the IFT Food Expo and Scientific Program offer and to network with peers and receive information about the latest scientific and ingredient developments.

Many events and sessions will be scheduled to educate attendees on the latest trends, newest products, and most recent scientific innovations. Up-to-date information will be added to the official Web site during the coming months, including everything you will need to know about exhibiting companies, the scientific program, student activities, and networking. For more information, including information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, visit

Group recognizes excellence
Anthony Bimbo has received the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s Industry Excellence Award.

Bimbo has worked as a consultant for many years, primarily dealing with manufacturers of omega-3s and other lipids. He worked for Zapata (now known as Omega Protein) for more than 33 years, and he helped establish one of the first fish oil refineries in the United States located in Reedville, Va., where he directed the sales and operations.

Bimbo is a Professional Member of IFT.

Kantor lends expertise
Mark A. Kantor recently joined the Guiding Stars Licensing Co.’s Scientific Advisory Panel, a group of doctors, scientists, professors, and dietitians who work on behalf of the Guiding Stars nutrition-rating program to help consumers make healthier food choices.

Kantor, a Professional Member of IFT, is an associate professor in the Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland. Additionally, he provides training, resources, and other support to University of Maryland Extension educators to assist with consumer efforts and local educational activities. He also conducts and evaluates applied nutrition and food safety research projects.

Bruinsma joins Caravan
Caravan Ingredients, Lenexa, Kan., has named Bernard Bruinsma Director, Special Projects.

In this role, Bruinsma will assist R&D, business development, sales, and marketing in developing business cases for R&D projects. He has a Ph.D. degree in cereal chemistry and has served as President of American Association of Cereal Chemists, Vice President of R&D for Roman Meal, and Vice President of R&D for Innovative Cereal Systems.

Bruinsma is a Professional Member of IFT.

Dubost, Bruhn serve on FDA committee
IFT Professional Member Joy Dubost was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee as a non-voting industry representative. IFT Professional Member Christine Bruhn serves through September 2011.

Dubost is currently a Principal Nutritionist for PepsiCo’s Nutrition Communication team. She earned her Ph.D. degree in food science at Penn State University. In addition to being a food scientist, she is also a registered dietitian and has worked in clinical, counseling, and wellness programs, as well as in academia and industry.

Dubost will join a group of scientific professionals on the committee to advise the FDA Commissioner on ways to effectively communicate risk associated with FDA-regulated products and to help ensure the safety and efficacy of FDA-regulated products for human use.

Bruhn, who has expertise in consumer risk perception and food safety communication, is currently serving a four-year term as a voting member of the committee, which began in 2007. During her tenure on the committee, she helped address communication with FDA regulatory authorities on various topics including foodborne illness outbreaks and labeling.

Section & Division meetings
April 15:
Suppliers Night. Location: Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Contact Theresa Swaim at 515-556-3093 or [email protected], or visit

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], or visit

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

April 1:
Spring meeting. Location: Mars, Cleveland, Tenn. Contact Sarah Prince at 423-339-6192 or [email protected].

Visit to view the Events Calendar, including listings for Section and Division meetings, and for information on how to list your event. 

In Memoriam
Rudolf Heiss
, an IFT Fellow (1982) who was dedicated to the advancement of food technology and packaging, died on Sept. 13, 2009, at age 106. In 1936, he founded the Institute for Food Preservation (now called the Federal Research Institute for Food) in Karlsruhe, Germany, and in 1942, he founded the Institute of Food Technology and Packaging (now part of the German Fraunhofer Society). He authored or edited more than 100 publications and books. The 4th edition of his book Preservation of Food was published when Heiss was 99 years old, and the 6th edition of his book Food Technology was published when he was 100 years old. Heiss was active in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, assisted in the founding of the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes, of which he became an honorary president, and was an honorary member of the German Fraunhofer Society and the Society of Austrian Food. He received numerous awards and honors, including the IFT Nicholas Appert Award in 1997, a Bavarian and a German Federal Medal of Honor, an honorary doctorate at the University of Vienna, Austria, an honorary membership at the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, and the European International Award for Packaging.

Virginia H. Holsinger, former Research Leader of the Dairy Products Research Unit, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center, died Sept. 4, 2009. She began her research career as an analytical chemist with the USDA/ARS Dairy Products Laboratory and in 1974 transferred to ERRC, where she led a program on fundamental and applied aspects of the chemistry and technology of milk and dairy foods until her retirement in October 1999. Holsinger developed a whey–soy drink mix with the nutritional quality and storage stability characteristics necessary to serve as a milk replacer in international food donation programs. She was part of the team that demonstrated that enzyme treatment of milk could make it more digestible by lactose-intolerant individuals. Technology transfer of this research led to the commercialization of enzyme-treated milk (LactAid) and other products. She also developed a low-lactose milk-based beverage by enzyme fortification of milk powder for military field rations. She pioneered methods for the quantitative assessment of the rheological properties of cheeses. Her research also led to the development of a Mozzarella cheese with a 50% reduced fat content that was used in the National School Lunch Program. Holsinger and her team received the Industrial Achievement Award from the Institute of Food Technologists in 1987. She was elected an IFT Fellow in 1996.

Other notices: L. Merl Beery, Roy E. Day, Fernanda R. De Oliveira, Stanley J. Kazeniac, Paul Martin Kuznesof, Linda J. Martini, Eucharia Oyibo Nwabuike, Giriraj Rao, Robert W. Shelton, Salvatore Sprovieri, and Ramses B. Toma.

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