Fine tuning the flavor of chocolateInstitute of Food Technologists (IFT)
The flavor of chocolate develops during the processing of cocoa beans, and new research shows how tweaks made at this step can produce new flavors.
Low-fat potato chips often fall short in terms of acceptable texture compared to full-fat versions. A new technique offers insights into texture attributes and could be used to help manufacturers develop tastier low-fat chips.
I always look forward to attending the IFT Annual Event and Food Expo, and I especially love when it takes place in New Orleans. Being a food town, it’s always fun to convene there with my fellow food scientists and take in all that IFT has to offer, as well as the local flavor. Plus, I have family in the area which makes the trip that much more enjoyable.
It’s been three years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced updates to the Nutrition Facts label on packaged goods. In the time that’s passed, many manufacturers have started implementing the changes, while others are still in the process. With the January 2020 compliance date for most manufacturers quickly approaching, the new version of the label is appearing on more food and beverage products every day.
Each year, IFT provides student members a wealth of opportunities to expand their knowledge, explore potential career paths, network with peers, volunteer their time, and socialize at its Annual Event and Food Expo. Among those opportunities is the chance to showcase their creative thinking, scientific prowess, and teamwork through a number of competitions.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced that Bryan Hitchcock has joined the association as the Senior Director of Food Chain and Executive Director of the Global Food Traceability Center.
Start-Up Alley, now bigger and better than ever, is where you can meet one-on-one with a leading group of future-forward entrepreneurs developing some of the most innovative products and solutions in the food science industry.
Entrepreneurship is driving much of the most exciting innovation happening in the science of food today. To help support this growing community, IFT—through our IFTNEXT initiative—launched a new, high profile promotional venue at our 2017 Annual Event and Food Expo called the IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley. It’s a unique opportunity for food start-ups to showcase their innovative technologies, products, and/or services at one of the world’s largest annual food science events.
Registration is now open for IFT19: Feed Your Future in New Orleans, LA from June 2-5, 2019 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), IFT19 will bring together science of food professionals from around the globe to inspire and transform collective knowledge into innovative solutions that help advance the planet’s food safety, nutrition, and sustainability.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) today announced that the two organizations will offer a joint membership, combining benefits from both organizations to provide enhanced resources.
IFT18: A Matter of Science and Food, hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) at McCormick Place, highlighted the hottest food trends, the latest food products and the most important developments in the science of food. More than 23,000 people attended the event from July 15 – 18 to join scientific sessions, connect with colleagues and discover the latest innovations on the expo floor.
Consumers are beginning to understand the link between gut health and overall wellness. IFT18 exhibitors in this category know that dietary fiber plays a major role not just in promoting gut health, but also in supporting weight management and heart health.
With obesity-related diseases on the rise, many food and beverage manufacturers are looking at ways to reduce added sugar in products. From more traditional high-intensity options like sucralose and aspartame to natural offerings derived from the stevia plant, sugar alternatives can maintain sweetness levels in products as well as provide cost savings.
After water, tea and coffee are the most consumed beverages around the world. Tea leaves and coffee beans are processed into stand-alone beverages, and they are also used to make extracts, flavors, and other ingredients for the bakery, processed food and beverage, and culinary industries.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced the six finalists that will compete in the inaugural IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at IFT18 in Chicago. IFT18 is an annual event and food expo that brings more than 20,000 food science professionals together from industry, academia and government to share, network, and learn about the most recent advances in the science of food.
Registration is now open for IFT18: A Matter of Science + Food in Chicago, July 15-18 at McCormick Place. Hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), IFT18 will convene food science and technology thought leaders and decision-makers from more than 90 countries representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector.
Applications to participate in the Institute of Food Technologist’s (IFT) inaugural IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge competition opened today and will remain open through February 8, 2018. The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge is a competition designed to help emerging and investment-ready food companies advance the science of food and its positive impact on our global food supply.
.On September 1, 2017 Cindy Stewart, PhD, CFS became the 78th president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system. Dr. Stewart succeeded John Coupland, PhD, CFS IFT’s 2016-2017 President.
IFT in partnership with Encumex today named GanedenBC30™ as the winner of the inaugural IFT FoodTech Summit Innovation Award, a distinction developed by IFT and Encumex to celebrate commercial innovation in the science of food. Sensient SupraRed™ and Ingredion VERSAFIBE™ both received honorable mentions for the award.
IFT17: Go With Purpose, hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas highlighted the hottest food trends, the latest food products, and the most important developments in the science of food. More than 19,000 people attended the event held June 25-28 to attend scientific sessions, connect with colleagues, and discover new technologies on the expo floor.
The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) today named more than 20 student groups from around the world as winners of the 2017 IFTSA competitions. Held annually to engage IFT’s student members to share their research and explore critical issues outside of the classroom, the competitions range from creating viable food products for underserved populations to producing multimedia content to educate and inspire. Students competed individually or on teams in a variety of categories that aim to advance the study and profession of the science of food. IFT announced the winners at IFT17: Go With Purpose in Las Vegas.
At an awards ceremony on Sunday evening at IFT17: Go With Purpose, IFT President-Elect Designate Michele Perchonok announced and presented five companies—CEM Corporation, Glanbia Nutritionals, Ingredion Incorporated and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., and Salt of the Earth—with the 2017 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award.
Today, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is proud to announce the 2017 Class of IFT Fellows, an elite recognition that honors professionals and scientists with extraordinary achievements within the science of food and technology community. This year, eight individuals have been named IFT Fellows for their contributions to IFT and to the field of the science of food.
In written comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) expressed concern that labeling an individual food as ‘healthy’ can be misleading for consumers.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and Ingredion today announced their shared commitment to the advancement of the science of food through Ingredion’s sponsorship supporting IFT’s new IFTNEXT initiative.
Despite the recent spike in interest of clean-label and free-from foods, the food industry remains driven by convenience, according to Food Technology magazine contributing editor A. Elizabeth Sloan. In the April issue of Food Technology, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Sloan highlighted the following top ten food trends for 2017 based on data from industry sources.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced that its annual event, IFT16, has been ranked 80th in the top 250 United States-based trade shows in 2016 by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN). This is the fifth time that IFT has made the list since 2010.
A new review published in the Journal of Food Science defines the causes, contributors and consequences of malnutrition in older individuals and suggests new food product development might mitigate or address the negative consequences of poor food intake in older adults.
The Institute of Food Technologists today announced the featured session lineup for its annual event, IFT17: Go With Purpose. Featured sessions include the premiere of the Food Evolution Film, Processed Food: The Good, the Bad and the Science moderated by esteemed columnist Tamar Haspel, and a presentation by Dr. Andrew Pelling.
A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumers saw a product labeled “all-natural” as compared to the same product without the label.
Registration is now open for IFT17: Go With Purpose in Las Vegas, June 25-28 at The Sands Expo Center. Hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), this year’s annual event will host food science and technology thought leaders from more than 90 countries representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector.
A paper published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety explored the physicochemical and nutritional characteristics of sheep milk and development of sheep milk dairy products containing prebiotics and/or probiotics.
The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association’s (IFTSA) project, Go with Purpose Global Challenge: Elevating Student Engagement through Global Collaborations, was named one of four winners of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) Innovation Grant Program.
Edward Hirschberg, President of Innovative Foods and recipient of the Institute of Food Technologists’ 2016 Babcock-Hart Award for his many contributions to food processing, shared some potential solutions to many of the world’s food waste problems in the January issue of Food Technology magazine.
A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that the packet color of nonnutritive sweeteners may impact the sweetness perception and overall liking of the product.
Kara Adams, CAE, Senior Manager of Divisions and Community at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) was named to the 2016 Forty Under 40 by the Association Forum of Chicagoland.
In written comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is calling upon the federal government to increase public funding of research for developing reduced-sodium foods. These comments, based on insight from IFT members, were in response to a question posed by the FDA that asked what specific research needs or technological advances could enhance the food industry’s ability to meet the new voluntary sodium reduction goals.
A study published in the December issue of Journal of Food Science found that waffles baked on steel plates at a high temperature for a short amount of time minimizes the likelihood egg waffle batter will stick to the plate.
The editors at Food Technology magazine, which is published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), announced their food trend predictions for 2017. Here’s what they’re forecasting for next year.
With our planet’s population estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, the world faces many pressing food demands. In order to help food scientists and technologists meet these challenges, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) are excited to announce a new joint-membership program.
While the word “thanks” is included in our country’s favorite holiday’s name, we all know the real star of the day is the food. Institute of Food Technologists Member Kantha Shelke, PhD, CFS, deconstructs the turkey-day menu in a series of IFT Food Facts videos that show how science is involved in the look, taste, and texture of our favorite holiday foods.
A recent study published in the Journal of Food Science found that extracts and isolated compounds from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria, a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems.
Americans consume 350 slices of pizza every second, and 15 percent deem it their top comfort food. In the November issue of Food Technology Magazine associate editor Melanie Zanoza Bartelme outlines eight American pizza trends, preferences and consumption habits
Dark chocolate can be a source of antioxidants in the diet, but many consumers dislike the bitter flavor. The taste of milk chocolate is more appealing to a greater number of consumers, but it doesn’t have the same antioxidants properties as dark chocolate. In a recent Journal of Food Science study, researchers found a way to use peanut skin extracts to make milk chocolate that has even more nutritional benefits of dark chocolate without affecting the taste.
A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that adding a small amount of Chardonnay grape seed pomace (GSP), a waste stream of wine production, to coffee may augment the antioxidant capacity of the beverage without significantly altering the appearance, taste or aroma.
A review article published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety summarized the functional properties of grain vinegars and fruit vinegars and compared the functional ingredients, sources, and formation mechanisms of grain and fruit vinegars.
A new scientific study shows that eating cheese may actually increase how much someone likes the wine they are drinking. The study, published in the October issue of the Journal of Food Science, used a new sensory evaluation method and found consuming cheese while drinking wine impacted the description and preference of different wines.
Ancient grains have become staples in many diets due to their health benefits and exotic appeal. In fact, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend daily intake of whole grains to be at least half of total grain consumption. IFT Past President Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS, discussed various ancient grains and their dietary benefits with IFT Food Facts to create this video.