January 12, 2007 19:47 ET

IFT Event Secures Key Sponsors

POMONA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 12, 2007 -- The Southern California Food Industry Conference (SCFIC) today announced that it has signed a pair of industry heavyweights -- Cargill Health & Food Technologies, and The E.T. Horn Company -- to be the main sponsors of its upcoming conference. Cargill is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, health promoting ingredients for the food industry worldwide. E.T. Horn is one of the nation's premier distributors of ingredients used in food products and is focused on providing formulation solutions, superior customer service, and technical expertise in the distribution of products from only the finest manufacturers.

The event will be held at Cal Poly Pomona on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 and will mark the institute's 20 years of hosting this unique collaboration among industry executives, suppliers, educators and students. The learning-conference theme will focus on emerging trends within the industry, including the proliferation of functional foods.

"We are both ecstatic and honored to have two highly respected companies step in and support our premier event of the year," stated Martin Sancho-Madriz, event chairman and program director of the host Food Science and Technology Program at Cal Poly. "Cargill will present on the growing functional food segment of beverages with the latest in soy protein science, while E.T. Horn will be demonstrating some functional food concepts such as delicious truffle chocolates."

Along with the speakers and discussion panels, the day will be highlighted with a product development competition that addresses the epidemic of childhood obesity and how new California legislation is dealing with this important issue. Teams representing Chapman University, Cal State L.A., and Long Beach State are among those planning to compete. "The teams are really gearing up for this because it's a perfect way for them to demonstrate the skills they have acquired from classroom and laboratory experiences," said Maria Botero Omary, chairperson of the product development competition. "The monetary awards and recognition are nice, but the real incentive is for these young people to mingle and engage with industry veterans."

The day's agenda will be supplemented with various culinary tasting and entertainment including a presentation by Esencia Flamenco. The flamenco troupe, directed by Sarah Parra, is dedicated to promoting the art of this colorful cultural dance throughout the region. "We want our attendees to be educated, intrigued, enjoy some libations and be entertained," said Lisa Alley-Zarkades, event co-chair. "The 20th anniversary conference is going to be the best ever because we want our constituency to realize this should be an annual must attend event."


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.


Cargill Health & Food Technologies is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, health promoting ingredients for food and dietary supplement industries worldwide. The company utilizes consumer insight, and regulatory and scientific expertise to provide ingredients that add value to food products. For more information, visit


The E.T. Horn FoodTech Group supplies many basic functional items used in food processing, dry mixes, sauces, salad dressings, meat, poultry, seafood, beverages, flavor blends, baked goods, dairy products and confections. These specialty food ingredients include hydrocolloids, starch, maltodextrins, soy protein, lecithin, soy flour, soy grits, anticaking agents, yeast extracts, flavors, pea starch and protein, rice syrup and protein, gum acacia and natural colors. The focus of the FoodTech Group is to problem solve each customer application through its strong technical experience while accessing the resources of its principal suppliers. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Agency Contact:
    Marc Villarreal
    Marcomm Associates
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    Company Contact:
    Martin Sancho-Madriz
    Cal Poly Pomona
    (909) 869-2164
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