IFT announces election winners
Congratulations to the following individuals who won the 2010 IFT Leadership Election: Roger Clemens, President-Elect; Colin Dennis, Robert Ross, Marilyn Schorin, Raymond Winger, Board of Directors; and John Floros, Moira McGrath, and John Rupnow, Nominations & Elections Committee members. They will take office on Sept. 1, 2010.

The election was held February 10–March 11, 2010. We appreciate all of our candidates’ involvement in this election. A special thanks go to all of our members who voted.

NYIFT celebrates Zwicker’s retirement
Members of the IFT New York section and other food industry professionals in April celebrated the recent retirement of long-time IFT member and industry veteran Al Zwicker at the section’s dinner meeting.

Zwicker recently retired from his recruiting business, Zwicker Associates, which he founded in 1979. Prior to that, he had worked in the chemical and flavor sales business for more than 25 years.

A member of IFT since 1963, Zwicker was also quite active in the IFT New York section, serving as chair of the New York section, Arrangements Committee, and Employment Committee. In addition to his leadership positions on the section’s committees, he participated as a member on several more, including the Section Nominations Committee, Awards Committee, and Golf/Tennis Committee. He also served as Councilor. Years ago, the New York section recognized his dedication to the section by giving him the Distinguished Service Award.

In retirement, Zwicker plans to enjoy his many interests, and, as he wrote to his clients, “sit back and smell the roses.”

New role for Riker
Flavor & Fragrance Specialties has named Paul Riker Product Development Applications Specialist.

In his new role, Riker will assist in the development and implementation of a new market segment strategy.

With more than 20 years of experience, Riker, who is a Professional Member of IFT, has worked in product development for several companies, including Kerry Ingredients and Flavors, Mastertaste (formerly J. Manheimer Inc.), and Givaudan-Roure (formerly Fritzche, Dodge & Olcott).

Gawley, Pusey join FONA
FONA International Inc. has hired two IFT Members.

The company has named Ken Gawley Senior Account Executive. He has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry, including sales, marketing, and management positions with companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He most recently worked for a food coloring manufacturer. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Dena Pusey joined FONA as Process Chemist–Quality Assurance. She is responsible for assisting QA with product shelf-life verifications, corresponding process implementations, and maintenance of the company’s 24/7 audit-ready standard. She has 10 years of experience in the flavor industry and has in-depth knowledge of savory flavors, analysis of flavors and raw materials via GC-MS and GC-FID, and flavor regulations for the U.S. and European Union. She also has experience developing R&D lab safety programs and cost-savings initiatives.

Key Technology promotes Johnson
Key Technology recently appointed Teri Johnson to the position of Intercontinental Sales Manager for the Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, and Latin American regions.

Johnson is responsible for leading sales and aftermarket activities in these areas to bring the company’s automated inspection, specialized conveying, and product preparation systems to the market.

Johnson, a Member of IFT, has been with Key Technology for 25 years, most recently employed as Fresh-Cut Industry Manager responsible for supporting the company’s activities in the fresh-cut industry area. She earned a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering from Oregon State University and has completed the California Institute of Technology’s Program for Technology Marketing.

Ceddia joins Kemin Health
Kemin Health L.C. has appointed Michael Ceddia Vice President of Research and Development. In this role, Ceddia is responsible for the Kemin Health innovation process as well as serving as a member of the executive team.

Ceddia comes to Kemin from Mead Johnson Nutrition, where he served in multiple positions including Associate Director of the Analytical and Sterilization Technology Division, Principal Scientist of Global Discovery, and most recently as the Regional Director of Latin America Research and Development in Mexico City. Ceddia is a Member of IFT.

Jankowski new senior VP
Sargento Foods Inc. has promoted Kristi Jankowski to Senior Vice President of Innovation. She is responsible for corporate-wide innovation strategy, prioritization, research, and other product development activities.

Since joining Sargento in 1999, Jankowski has held a variety of roles and responsibilities, including serving as Vice President of Research and Development. Prior to working at Sargento, she served as Senior Research Scientist of Product Development with Kraft Foods. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jankowski is a Professional Member of IFT.

Graeme chosen senior AE
Flavor & Fragrance Specialties has hired Stephen Graeme as Senior Account Executive.

Prior to joining the company, Graeme worked in the flavor and food ingredient industries in management at companies such as FONA International, Flavors & Fragrances Inc., Firmenich Inc., Wild Flavors Inc., and more recently his own consulting business. In his role as Senior Account Executive, Graeme is responsible for managing accounts and business development strategies. He is a Member of IFT.

Cyvex hires Hinkis
Sabrina Hinkis recently joined Cyvex Nutrition as Technical Manager, bringing more than 10 years of research experience to the position.

She is responsible for quality control, quality assurance, research and development of new products, and technical customer service initiatives. Her previous work experience includes positions as a genetic research consultant at Weizmann Institute and a DNA lab manager at Sequana Therapeutics. She received a B.S. degree from Hebrew University and an M.S. degree in human nutrition from California State Polytechnic University. She is a Member of IFT.

Honor a leader in the flavor industry
The Dr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship Fund is administered by the IFT Foundation and is awarded annually to a graduate student in food science. The recipients of this scholarship will embody the same devotion in flavor science that has characterized Hall’s work, which includes 50 years of dedicated service to the flavor industry and several professional associations.

Hall has served as president of the Institute of Food Technologists, Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA), and International Union of Food Science and Technology.

Join with the IFT Foundation and FEMA in honoring Hall’s dedication to the flavor industry by making a contribution to the scholarship fund. Call the IFT Foundation at 312-782-8424, or visit www.iftfoundation.org.

Short course addresses nutrition
The Nutrition for the Food Scientist short course, scheduled on July 16–17, 2010, at the Hilton Chicago, will explore the development of food products for their nutrient profile vs product development for flavor and functionality alone. This is one of 10 IFT Pre-Annual Meeting short courses held before the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 17–20.

Product developers, regulators, and marketing professionals will learn how to identify opportunities to work together with nutrition professionals to develop healthful products by applying sound nutrition and food science principles. Join several presenters including Kantha Shelke, Principal, Corvus Blue LLC, and Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, Director, Health and Wellness, International Food Information Council, for a lively discussion about how you, as a food scientist, can more effectively navigate nutrition concerns and better integrate nutritional sciences within your product development activities.

For more information, visit www.ift.org/IFT10 or call IFT Central at 312-782-8424.

Section & Division meetings
June 15:
Golf outing. Location: Renditions Golf Course, Davidsonville, Md. Contact Toni Manning at 410-712-7373 or [email protected].

Western New York
Aug. 4:
Golf outing. Location: Ravenwood Golf Club, Victor, N.Y. Contact Dawn Fisher at 585-396-8065 or [email protected].

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.

by Karen Nachay