October 23, 2007 14:58 ET

IFT Announces Agenda for '08 Conference

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - October 23, 2007) - The Southern California Food Industry Conference (SCFIC) today announced their schedule for next year's annual industry event, which will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg West Conference Center.

The 21st annual conference, entitled "Ingredients For Thought," will feature a unique collaboration of industry executives, suppliers, educators and students. Educational sessions and guest speakers will explore the latest trends and newest ingredients available for manufacturers to develop 'smart' foods.

"We had such an amazing 20th anniversary conference last year, so we're looking to keep the momentum as we begin our third decade of hosting this event," stated Martin Sancho-Madriz, event chairman and program director of the host Food Science and Technology Program at Cal Poly. "We have been planning diligently for next year and are close to having all the speakers and peripheral sessions lined up. In addition, our corporate sponsorships are secured, and the guidelines for the student competition are complete."

The impressive list of corporate sponsors includes Kaneka Nutrients, Biothera Corporation, Lonza, and The E.T. Horn Company. Each of these will likely present their latest respective product/service offerings, and Biothera will feature information about Wellmune™, its new award-winning functional food ingredient that was recently introduced at IFT-Chicago.

"We hope our constituency realizes that we truly want our premier event to maintain the level of excellence that we established last year," Sancho-Madriz concluded.

For additional information, please contact SCIFT at (714) 282-0919 or visit


As one of the founding organization's largest group of constituents, the Southern California section of IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) boasts members from seven counties. IFT, the national organization, was founded in 1939 as a non-profit society. Today, this proactive scientific and educational organization has expanded to over 23,000 members working in food science, technology, nutrition and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the authoritative voice of food science and technology, IFT promotes sound science for the public discussion of food.

Contact Information

  • Agency Contact:
    Marc Villarreal
    Marcomm Associates
    Email Contact

    Company Contact:
    Martin Sancho-Madriz
    Cal Poly Pomona
    (909) 869-2164
    Email Contact