Thursday, November 15, 2018

Crown announces new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center

Crown breaks ground on its new global headquarters to support the 140-year-old company’s commitment to growth and innovation. Crown’s new 68,000 square foot facility in Blaine, Minnesota will accommodate a 37% increase in global headquarters staff, and fuel technological advancements for the company and its customers through its state-of-the-art Innovation Center featuring a 15,000 square foot pilot plant—triple the size of their current pilot plant.

Crown’s Global Headquarters and Innovation Center will serve as a world-class resource to leading global manufacturers within the oil seed processing industry. It is designed to harness the creativity and ingenuity of Crown’s team to develop innovative solutions and technologies for customers around the world. “Our goal is to be the ‘first-call’ for customers looking for a technology partner to transform their manufacturing capabilities by reducing energy and water usage, improving yields, and reducing capital and operating costs,” says Mike Hoerle, Crown’s Vice President of Global Engineering.

The flagship Innovation Center will include a fully functional and highly instrumented pilot plant with preparation, extraction, protein concentrate, and refining equipment connected to a best in class control system, allowing customers to simulate plant-processing operations within a controlled environment. The extensive infrastructure will also support customer interaction in trials and provide maintenance and operation training for customers.

“Our customers are world leaders in the Oilseed Processing industry, and they are demanding innovative approaches to lower the total cost of ownership and operational cost while also improving efficiency,” says Bill Antilla, General Manager, Crown Global Companies. “Our new 68,000 square foot Global Headquarters and World Class Innovation Center fully leverages Crown’s industry-leading technology and talented global team to further expand Crown’s role as a trusted advisor and problem-solving partner to our customers.”

Mortenson Construction is developing the $12 million facility with a $1.2 million business subsidy from the city of Blaine to promote economic development in the community.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

POS BIO SCIENCES celebrates two years of partnership with Batavia Bio Processing

POS Bio Sciences continues its legacy of innovation and collaboration with the anniversary of Batavia Bio Processing as part of the POS family.

SASKATOON, SK – October 15, 2018 – This month, Batavia Bio Processing, an ingredient science and innovation facility located in Batavia, Illinois, is celebrating two years as part of Saskatoon’s POS Bio Sciences. POS, which is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus, has kept its finger on the pulse of innovation by working with industry partners on ingredient breakthroughs and developing cutting edge research and technologies.

Batavia Bio Processing has developed its own reputation as a leader in the industries of food, edible oils, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and bio-based products. Adding Batavia Bio Processing to its organization, POS has grown its short path distillation capabilities to make advancements in the concentration of key compounds. These advancements have led to the efficient and effective removal of impurities and pesticides in food ingredients and products intended for consumption, such as baby formula and pet foods. Batavia Bio Processing has become one of the few world leaders in processing oils on an industrial scale and has attracted many foreign customers.

“We are very proud of all that Batavia Bio Processing has accomplished as part of the POS family,” says Dale Kelly, CEO of POS Bio Sciences. “Batavia has played a large part in the overall success of POS and has helped bring us closer to achieving our vision of being a world leader in ingredient science and innovation. We congratulate Batavia on all of their success, and look forward to many more years of innovation, partnership, and industry leadership together.”

For more information, on both POS Bio Sciences and Batavia Bio Processing, visit

About POS: POS Bio Sciences is a global ingredient and process technology company established over 40 years ago. Headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, POS is recognized around the world as a trusted expert in the areas of applied science and technology for bio processing. POS has worked with over 800 companies from 40 countries to help them achieve their goals and continues to increase Saskatchewan’s global visibility as a centre for innovation.
For more information, please contact

Justin White
Vice-President Global Sales and Business Development

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In Memoriam -Dr. Bernard Francis (Bernie) Szuhaj

Dr. Bernard Francis (“Bernie”) Szuhaj passed away surrounded by his sons at Parkview Regional Hospital on September 14, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 75.  Bernie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carole Ann Szuhaj (née Brady), his brother and sister, Theodore Szuhaj, Jr. and Sylvia Reed (née Szuhaj), his sons, Matthew, Timothy and Bernard Szuhaj, his daughters-in-law, Suzanne Marie Szuhaj (née Woodward) and Jennifer Szuhaj (née Ritz), and his six grandchildren, Samantha, Jake, Isabelle, Benjamin, Brady, Ethan and Lily.

Bernie was born on November 27, 1942 in Washington Township, Pennsylvania to Theodore Szuhaj and Rose Szuhaj (née Karamon).  After graduating from Lilly-Washington High School in 1960, he matriculated to Pennsylvania State University where he earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in the field of Bio-Chemistry in 1964, 1966 and 1969, respectively.  While attending Penn State he married his childhood sweetheart, Carole, on December 26, 1964 in their hometown of Lilly, PA.  While completing his graduate studies, the couple welcomed three children, twins, Matt and Tim in January 1966, and younger brother, Bernie, in February 1967. 

Prior to defending his PhD dissertation and after moving his young family to Chicago, Illinois, in 1968, Bernie began a thirty-five-year career with Central Soya Company, Inc., an international agribusiness company.  He enjoyed an accomplished career with the company, retiring in 2003 as the Vice President of Research and Development. Following his retirement, Bernie served as the Executive Director of the National Center of Excellence in Human Nutrition, also known as Nutricore, a public-private initiative established by the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Economic Development Alliance to help Indiana universities and businesses obtain Federal research grants to support programs related to childhood obesity.  Professionally, Bernie was widely recognized as an international authority in the field of Soy Lecithin and Phospholipids ultimately authoring and editing several seminal books and publications on these subjects.  During his distinguished scientific career, Bernie was granted ten U.S. Patents and numerous international patents, including several for an investigational cancer drug based on a soy component know as Bowman-Birk Inhibitor. 

Bernie was a longtime member of the American Oil Chemists Society, a global professional scientific society for all individuals and corporations with interest in the fats, oils, proteins, surfactants, detergents and related materials fields, eventually serving as the AOCS’ President.  He was also a founder and the inaugural President of the International Lecithin and Phospholipid Society.

Bernie was an active participant in the community and with his children’s activities both in Chicago and after the family moved to Fort Wayne, serving as a Cub Scout Leader, baseball coach, and passionate science fair advisor and judge.  He was also an active member of both Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, Illinois and later St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Memorial services for Bernie will be held at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Ft. Wayne, on Saturday, September 22nd.  Public visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm with a memorial service immediately following.  A reception following the service will be held at Casa Grille, 411 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, beginning at 2:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bernie’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (  The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers from Visiting Angels, Clarkson Mobility, Parkview Regional Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Ashton Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center for their efforts, care, and dedication to Bernie and his health,

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome Dr. Karel Hrncirik to the AOCS Uniform Methods Committee Flavor, Quality and Stability!

Dr. Karel Hrncirik, obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Rep. He is currently an R&D manager at Unilever, based in the Global R&D Centre years Dr. Hrncirik has been leading Unilever research program on the 3-MCPD issue. He is a member of several professional organizations and expert panels, an author of a number of scientific papers and book chapters, and a regular speaker at scientific symposia.
for Spreads and Dressings, The Netherlands. His main areas of expertise are food quality, oil handling and processing, product shelf-life, novel functional ingredients, and food safety. For the last ten

We are honored to have join Dr. Hrncirik join us in analytical methods development.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

JAOCS Special Issue: Satisfying protein demand with plant and alternative proteins: Sources, quality, processing, modifications and applications

The Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (JAOCS) has released a special issue focused on the sources, quality, processing, modification and applications of plant and other alternative proteins. According to guest editors Janitha P.D. Wanasundara and Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista, "The papers presented in this special issue provide a snapshot of the research and information currently available in relation to the growing interest in plant proteins and alternative proteins, which is quickly becoming its own industry."

This special issue is the result of a fruitful collaboration between JAOCS and the AOCS Protein and Co-Products (PCP) Division. More than fifteen PCP Division members contributed to the 18 articles in this special issue.

Read 'JAOCS Special Issue: Satisfying protein demand with plant and alternative proteins: Sources, quality, processing, modifications and applications'


Achieving Your Goals by Helping Others Achieve Their Goals
James A. Kenar


Satisfying Protein Demand with Plant and Alternative Proteins
Janitha P.D. Wanasundara Ph.D., CFS Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista Ph.D.

Special Issue Articles

Protein Solubilization
Shridhar K. Sathe Valerie D. Zaffran Sahil Gupta Tengfei Li

Technoeconomic Prospects for Commercialization of Brassica (Cruciferous) Plant Proteins
Edmund Mupondwa Xue Li Janitha P. D. Wanasundara

Changes in Corn Protein Content During Storage and Their Relationship with Dry Grind Ethanol Production
Divya Ramchandran Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista Stephen P. Moose Kent D. Rausch Mike E. Tumbleson Vijay Singh

Grain Thin Stillage Protein Utilization: A Review
Kornsulee Ratanapariyanuch Youn Young Shim Daniel J. Wiens Martin J. T. Reaney

Rice‐Endosperm and Rice‐Bran Proteins: A Review
Mohammed K. W. Al‐Doury Navam S. Hettiarachchy Ronny Horax

Composition and Phosphorous Profile of High‐Protein Rice Flour and Broken Rice, and Effects of Further Dry and Wet Processing
Keshun Liu

Making Kafirin, the Sorghum Prolamin, into a Viable Alternative Protein Source
Janet Taylor John R. N. Taylor

Structural Characterization and Functional Properties of Proteins from Oat Milling Fractions
Mallory E. Walters Chibuike C. Udenigwe Apollinaire Tsopmo

Composition and Functional Properties of Saline‐Soluble Protein Concentrates Prepared from Four Common Dry Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista Nongnuch Sutivisedsak Roque L. Evangelista Huai N. Cheng Atanu Biswas

Stability and Bioavailability of Curcumin in Mixed Sodium Caseinate and Pea Protein Isolate Nanoemulsions
Manispuritha Yerramilli Natalie Longmore Supratim Ghosh

Application of Barley‐ and Lentil‐Protein Concentrates in the Production of Protein‐Enriched Doughnuts
Ewelina Eckert Wendy Wismer Kosala Waduthanthri Oksana Babii Jingqi Yang Lingyun Chen

Yogurt Fortification with Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) Flour: Physicochemical and Sensory Effects
Xi Chen Mukti Singh Kanika Bhargava Ranjith Ramanathan

Emerging Camelina Protein: Extraction, Modification, and Structural/Functional Characterization
Claire Boyle Lucy Hansen Chelsey Hinnenkamp Baraem P. Ismail

Plant RuBisCo: An Underutilized Protein for Food Applications
Elisa Di Stefano Dominic Agyei Emmanuel N. Njoku Chibuike C. Udenigwe

Canola Protein: A Promising Protein Source for Delivery, Adhesive, and Material Applications
Nandika Bandara Ali Akbari Yussef Esparza Jianping Wu

Preparation and Properties of Solution Cast Films From Pennycress Protein Isolate
Gordon W. Selling Mila Hojilla‐Evangelista William T. Hay Kelly D. Utt Gary D. Grose

Antioxidant Properties of Flaxseed Protein Hydrolysates: Influence of Hydrolytic Enzyme Concentration and Peptide Size
Ifeanyi D. Nwachukwu Rotimi E. Aluko

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2017-2018 Olive Oil Sensory Recognized and Accredited Panels

AOCS would like to thank all of the panels that participated during the 2017-2018 Olive Oil Sensory Panel test. Several labs have been awarded for excellence in testing.

AOCS Recognized Panels
Panels that scored a low SPN score in the AOCS proficiency testing program in 2017–2018.
Congratulations to the winners:

Fabrica Torrejano, Riachos, Portugal J-Oil Mills, Inc., Kanagawa, Japan Multichrome Lab, Athens, Greece
NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Pompeian Inc., Maryland, USA
Sunset Olive Oil LLC, California, USA
Shozu Olive Research Institute, Kagawa, Japan

AOCS Accredited Panels
SPN score of 5 or less in the 2017–2018 proficiency program.
Must be an AOCS member in good standing and have a signed agreement that states all of the requirements for testing were met.

Sue Langstaff, Applied Sensory, California, USA
Dean Wilkinson/Patricia Darragh, California Olive Oil Council, California, USA
Emmanuel Salivaras, Multichrome Lab, Athens, Greece
Donna Seberry, NSW Department of Primary Industry, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Maria Garzon, Pompeian, Inc., Maryland, USA

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Friday, August 3, 2018

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