Toolkit Advocacy

Advocacy Toolkits

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has developed toolkits about important topics in the science of food that you can use to dispel common misconceptions around important food-related topics. Check back periodically as new toolkits will continue to be added.

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USDA expands E. coli testing in additional raw beef products

The USDA has announced plans to expand its routine verification testing or six Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli that are adulterants, in addition to the adulterant Escherichia coli O157:H7, to ground beef, bench trim, and raw ground beef components other than raw beef manufacturing trimmings for samples collected at official establishments.

Turkey Hill acquires Arkansas facility to expand ice cream production

Turkey Hill, a manufacturer and distributor of branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks, has acquired an ice cream and novelty production facility in Searcy, Ark., from Yarnell Ice Cream, a subsidiary of Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co.

PepsiCo appoints new CEO for Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and China

PepsiCo has announced that Wern-Yuen Tan has been appointed CEO of Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and China (APAC), overseeing all of PepsiCo’s operations in the region.

Poll of older adults suggests impact of COVID-19 on eating habits

New results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging show that most adults aged 50 and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online.

Motif FoodWorks, University of Guelph form research collaboration

Motif FoodWorks, an ingredient company serving the plant-based food market, has announced an exclusive research collaboration and license option with the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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Special Message from IFT President Pam Coleman

Message from IFT President Pam Coleman regarding recent tragic events.

Annual Event Shifts to a New, More Impactful Experience

At SHIFT20, IFT’s virtual event and expo, attendees will be challenged to think bigger and bolder to solve some of the world’s biggest food issues and make better food for the future, without leaving their home or office.

Optimism, Humor Provide Respite During Difficult Days

Next in our “Food System Heroes” series, an associate category manager for Givaudan Flavors shares tips and tricks for dealing with the highs and lows of the “work from home with family” way of life.

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Molecule in oranges, tangerines could reverse obesity

Researchers at Western University have identified a molecule found in oranges and tangerines that could hold the key to reversing obesity and regressing plaque build-up in arteries.

New appliance refrigerates, stores, and cooks meals

Before the emergence of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, one of the biggest complaints of busy individuals was not having time to prepare and cook balanced meals. A new appliance shows promise in solving that problem—for those who can afford it.

Identifying chocolate using its ‘fingerprints’

Researchers from Towson University developed a method for determining where a particular chocolate was produced using its chemical “fingerprint,” with the hopes that it could one day be used to trace the chocolate back to the farm that grew the beans.

Milk Money Kitchens wins $30,000 to help launch food businesses in New York

The food business is “brutal,” says Nancy Preston, a U.S. Army veteran who decided in Iraq that she wanted to work in that business. After learning more about the barriers to entry including the incredible financial risk, little access to capital, and a high likelihood of failure, Preston and her husband decided that instead of opening their own café or food truck, they’d focus on helping simplify the process for other food entrepreneurs.