December 03, 2007 16:04 ET

IFT President John Floros to Speak at '08 Food Industry Conference

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - December 3, 2007) - The Southern California Institute of Food Technologists (SCIFTS) today announced that Dr. John Floros has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker for its 2008 Food Industry Conference. The newly appointed president of the Institute of Food Technologists will be making a presentation about nanoscale science and its applications to food, food packaging, and food ingredients.

The 21st annual gathering of industry executives, suppliers, educators and students will be held at Cal Poly Pomona on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The learning-conference theme is "Ingredients For Thought" and will focus on emerging trends within the industry, including the proliferation of functional foods that enhance brainpower, energy, and immune health.

"We have recruited an outstanding list of speakers that will present ideas and news with contemporary relevance," stated Martin Sancho-Madriz, event chairman and program director of the host Food Science and Technology Program at Cal Poly. "We are delighted to have, among others, Dr. Robert Barry from Kaneka Nutrients, Dr. Bryan Rodriguez from Lonza, L. Dorian Dugmore, M.D., who will cover world drinking-water issues, and the ever eloquent Alonza Cruse from the FDA who will enlighten us about global food safety."

By popular demand, the day will feature an open theme product development competition for local colleges.

"We decided to have an open competition, much like other national events, in order for the participants to really express their fields of interest," said Maria Botero Omary, chair of the competition and assistant professor of the Food Science and Technology Program at Cal Poly Pomona. "And just as in years' past, the opportunity for students to demonstrate their teamwork skills and potential to be hired upon graduation truly makes this an informative, creative, and passionate part of our program."

The day's agenda will conclude with an awards ceremony for competition winners followed by an informal time period to network and enjoy refreshments. "Once again, we simply want to invite everyone to be informed, meet with colleagues, and generally support the efforts of the Southern California Section of IFT," Sancho-Madriz concluded.


As one of the founding organization's largest group of constituents, the Southern California section of IFT 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
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    Company Contact:
    Martin Sancho-Madriz
    Cal Poly Pomona
    (909) 869-2164
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