Healthful Foods Directory
Food Technology’s annual Healthful Foods Directory has been released. In addition to being included in the December 2011 issue of the magazine, the directory can be found online at The searchable directory includes product and contact information for 100+ companies offering nutraceuticals, ingredients, and services for functional foods, organic and natural foods, and “better-for-you” products. The 27 product categories include antioxidants, dairy, enzymes, probiotics, spices, etc.

Face-to-Face: Meet Hilary Thesmar
In this month’s Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to Hilary Thesmar, Vice President of Food Safety at the Food Marketing Institute. In addition to supervising all programs and activities related to food safety, food defense, and food quality systems, Thesmar also serves FMI member companies as their advisor and representative on issues related to food safety. She received a bachelor’s degree in food science from Clemson, a master’s degree in human nutrition from Winthrop University, and a doctorate in food technology from Clemson. Check out IFT’s Face-to-Face to see how Thesmar combines her food safety expertise with the practical considerations of a registered dietician in her daily work.

Sensory Evaluation: Current Developments and Applications
If you are a professional in product development, R&D, or an otherwise sensory science role, this two-day instructor-led Short Course, taking place March 26–27 just prior to the Wellness 12 conference, is designed for you. By participating in this course, you will gather the tools needed to manage resources and information to meet product development deadlines. Specifi cally, you will learn current sensory analysis procedures, understand qualitative and quantitative methods, identify industry-recommended practices for qualifying subjects for sensory analytical tests, and more.

2012 IFT Leadership Election
The 2012 IFT Leadership Election has been launched and will be open to IFT members for voting Feb. 8–March 8. The 15 talented candidates up for the roles of IFT President-Elect, Board of Directors, and the Nominations & Elections Committee offer a breadth of knowledge about the profession, a diverse volunteer history within IFT and beyond, and an unwavering commitment to our scientifi c society. IFT members are able to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT has sent out an “Election Open” message via e-mail on Feb. 8 to all IFT voting members with details on how to cast your vote.

Kelly Hensel
Digital Media Editor
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