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

Find out More

Friday, August 3, 2018

Explore the most popular AOCS content from 2018 — so far

It is hard to believe we are already halfway through 2018! As the end of the year approaches, we want to share with you some of our most popular content so far!

Top AOCS Premium Content Library resource
Most active inform|connect thread
Top meeting presentation download

Most downloaded 2018 Methods
Top content from Lipid Library (second time running!)
Most downloaded book chapter from the AOCS Press and Academic Press titles
Most viewed INFORM magazine article
Most popular INFORM SmartBrief item

Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS)
 Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD)

Share this valuable content below with your peers when you encourage them to join AOCS. Did you know that you will earn a US $10 Visa gift card for every new member you inspire to join? Tell your colleagues about the positive impact of your AOCS membership and let them know they can save more than US $60 on membership and gain access to current and archived issues of all AOCS journals as well as the AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect through the rest of the year.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fat Transitions in Ice Cream - #WebinarWednesday with AOCS Member Rich Hartel

Why is fat important in ice cream?

What is partial coalescence and what factors affect it?

How is the fat phase controlled to form large fat globule clusters?

Find out in this webinar with AOCS Member Rich Hartel.

Fat Transitions in Ice Cream
August 29, 2018
12:00 noon CDT

In this webinar, the mechanisms that underlie and the parameters that influence partial coalescence of fat globules in ice cream will be discussed, along with the ramifications of high or low partial coalescence on product quality. 

To meet the Standard of Identity, ice cream must contain at least 10% milk fat, with some premium products containing upwards of 16-18% fat. The small (1 µm) globules found in ice cream mix undergo changes during freezing, partially coalescing into large (50-100 µm) clusters of fat globules. The individual fat globules begin to share liquid oil under the intense shear forces within the freezer, but full coalescence is prevented by the network of fat crystals contained within each globule. To promote partial coalescence, it is necessary to weaken the fat/serum interface through addition of emulsifiers that displace the milk proteins. 

This webinar is organized by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group (YP-CIG). The YP-CIG aims to bridge the gap between new and established professionals in the fats and oils industry by providing opportunities for professional development, networking and AOCS leadership. 

About the speaker: 

Dr. Hartel had been a faculty member at UW-Madison for 32 years, conducting research on various phase transitions (sugars, ice, fats, etc.) and teaching numerous courses on food processing and engineering. He has considerable experience in physico-chemical aspects of fats and oils, including the mechanisms behind partial coalescence. Dr. Hartel is past Editor-in-Chief of JAOCS.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Canadian Lipid and Bioresource Conference

The AOCS Canadian Section and the entire organizing committee invite you to attend the Canadian Lipid & Bioresource Conference 2018 (CLBC 2018) held on September 9-11, 2018, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Attend to present, gain knowledge and make connections with fats and oils researchers and technologists from all over the world, including these AOCS members that have been primarily involved with organizing the conference:

  • Ziao Qiu, University of Saskatchewan, Conference chair
  • Gene Arganosa, University of Saskatchewan
  • Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan
  • Rakesh Kapoor, Bioriginal Food and Science Corporation
  • Suneru Perera, POS Biosciences
  • Mark Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Janitha Wanasundara, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Thushan Withana-Gamage, POS Bio-Sciences

Make plans today:

  • AOCS Members save on registration fees:
    • AOCS Members: $300
    • Non-AOCS Members: $400
    • Students: $150 

Wondering what the AOCS Canadian Section is all about? View the Section Leadership team.

Take advantage of this opportunity to grow your knowledge, grow your business connections and grow your career by attending this regional meeting in a prime location!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New AOCS title presents novel strategy for eliminating trans fats from the diet

Edible Oleogels, Structure and Health Implications, Second Edition presents emerging science on beta gels using natural triglycerides, ethylcellulose oleogels, and oleotropic liquid crystal, which could potentially be used as part of a novel strategy to eliminate trans fats by structuring oil to make it behave like crystalline fat. Edited by AOCS members Alejandro G. Marangoni and Nissim Garti, the book is an ideal resource for those in product development and anyone interested in understanding the role of trans and saturated fats in health and nutrition.

The complete book or individual chapters can be purchased in print or electronic formats on several platforms, including Science Direct. AOCS members save 30% off the list price when using their code.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Are you on the list of 2018 AOCS Member Recruiters?

On behalf of the AOCS Membership team, I thank everyone for their involvement on inform|connect and support of one another by answering questions and providing additional ideas for further thought. This vibrant community is comprised of members and non-members and it is wonderful to see the interaction and sharing of knowledge.

It is also inspiring to see how impactful our members are in encouraging one another to join AOCS! The long list of individuals below took the time to influence a colleague (or several colleagues) to join the Society, because these members, like many, appreciate the value of the connections that AOCS membership offers.

Do you have a colleague that would benefit from AOCS membership? So, help me make AOCS get FAT by inviting a colleague to AOCS today

Here are some of the details:

  • Active membership dues: US $120  (35% savings!) 
  • Offer good until 8/31/2018; Membership benefits go until 12/31/2018
  • Benefits: 
    • Online access to AOCS journals—all issues and articles every published!
    • Access to presentations from the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting
    • SAVINGS! On registration fees; Books; and more 
    • Connections--AOCS is a welcoming Society and we will become your Fats Family!

And it is a win-win. For each new Active member you recruit, you earn a $10 Gift Card.  

Thank you to our AOCS member community and the following member recruiters:

Josue Nunez Moya
Mumtaz Haider
George Smith
Doug Bibus
Eric Murphy
Kristin Kerberg
Helen Lew Ngo
Susan Raatz
Grant Mitchell
Louise Sim
Grant Mitchell
Rick Della Porta
Troy Graham
Eddie Baldwin
Mark Matlock
George Smith
Ben Hyde
George Smith
Steven Council
Richard Walton
Troy Graham
Dominic D'Amours
Kellan Finney
Pete Penkert
Julie Duchesne
Scott Bis
Krista Otting
Diliara Iassonova
Jill Winkler-Moser
Timothy P. Durrett
Jens Jacobsen
Jun Ogawa
Manuel Venegas
James LePage
Sue Witeof
Jun Ogawa
Fabien Schultz
Jiajia Rao
Chibuike Udenigwe
Taylor Laughlin
Supratim Ghosh

(Did we miss you? Let me know! This list is based on new members that joined between January 1 and July 22, 2018).

Janet S. Brown
Director, AOCS Membership
2710 S. Boulder Drive
Urbana, IL 61802-6996
+1 217-693-4897


GOED AOCS LPP Program Turns 10 Years Old!

In August 2008 a new Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) series dealing with nutraceutical oils was initiated by the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). The organizations launched a new analytical testing series in the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP), the “GOED EPA and DHA Oil Monograph Series,” which is designed to assess the proficiency of labs in measuring the most common aspects of the GOED Voluntary Monograph for EPA and DHA omega-3 oils.

At that time the AOCS LPP offered three marine products series; fishmeal, marine oils and marine oil FAC.   The marine oil and marine oil FAC series were designed for the commodity marine oil markets and for the most part offered samples of crude fish oils from different origins. These series have been quite popular within the LPP. Because of the rapid growth and interest in the long chain omega-3 market at that time, there was interest expressed in expanding the LPP to include a series targeted for the Nutritional Oils industry. The GOED Voluntary Monograph for omega 3 marine oils set a new quality standard in the industry for long-chain omega-3 oils when it was established and was helping contribute to the continued growth of the market. The series tests acid value, peroxide value, p-anisidine value, Totox number (calculated), and EPA and DHA content reported as mg/g.  It does not include the dioxin, furan and dioxin like PCB tests from the Voluntary Monograph nor the heavy metals lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium, since these tests are very specialized.  The GOED recommended method for determining EPA and DHA and the full GOED Voluntary Monograph can be downloaded at:

Currently there are six samples in the series, including a normal 30% EPA+DHA oil, a high DHA oil, a single cell oil, and 3 omega-3 TG concentrates, one of which might be in gelatin capsule form.

The AOCS utilizes participation in the LPP series as one of the requirements for the AOCS Approved Chemist Status. The GOED series is used by commercial laboratories as well as industry laboratories to improve their proficiency. Participation has included 30-40 laboratories from organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. One of the positive outcomes from the program is that initially only the GOED Monograph Method for EPA and DHA was recommended.  However, over the years there has been an improvement in proficiency among various methods so that now the GOED Monograph Companion Guidance Document also includes the USP 401, Ph. Eur 2.4.29 and AOCS Ce1i-07 methods.

Registration for the AOCS GOED LPP series is open until August 20, 2018.  You can access the subscription forms at