Monday, July 27, 2015

The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Seminar

Register Today for Keller and Heckman's
Defending Your Supply Chain: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Join leading stakeholders in the olive oil industry for this intensive one-day seminar hosted by Keller and Heckman LLP. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to gain the latest information and network with producers, processors, distributors and retailers.

Speakers Include: Maria Reyes, KeHE Distributors; David Neumann, Gaea North America LLC; Richard Cantrill, American Oil Chemists' Society; Alexandra Devarenne, Industry Consultant and Extra Virgin Alliance; Michael Roberts, UCLA Law School; and Paul Miller, Australian Olive Associations.  

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Seminar Details:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
​A networking breakfast will take place before the seminar from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Cornell Club
​6 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10017
Registration Fee:
$495, if you register by August 1; $695, after August 1.
If you are a retailer, your registration fee is $295. Please contact Justine Bedard for more information.
**Inquire about group discounts.

I would like to attend this seminar!

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
CLE credits are available, pending state approval.

For additional information, please contact:

Justine Bedard
Marketing and Events Assistant
Keller and Heckman LLP

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fats and oils ingredient companies promote their PHO replacement solutions during #IFT15

AAK, ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Dow, IOI Loders Croklaan, Palsgaard, and Richardson Oilseed focused their promotional materials and messaging to differentiate their PHO (partially hydrogenated oil) replacement solutions from other exhibitors at the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), held July 11–14, 2015, in Chicago. 

All offered delicious baked goods, but others offered more, including IOI Loders Croklaan, which featured the very clever “No PHO Café,” and Bunge used a truck-length RV to serve up tasty “PHO free” treats. The replacement options included the use of fat blends with oils such as palm or canola; high-oleic oils; and interesterified oils. IFT organized a premeeting short course, “Innovation with Healthier Oils & Grains: Solutions to Meet Changing Policies and Demands,” which featured several AOCS leaders.    

The expo hall was filled with exhibitors promoting bioactive functional ingredients; ingredients for clean labels; and instrumentation to analyze these ingredients, including color measurement. Anton-Paar demonstrated the sturdiness of its refractometer by placing it in a fish tank filled with goldfish! Solazyme offered algal oil sampling, in addition to baked goods.

Although I spent nearly two days visiting with companies and learning about the latest products and technologies that involve fats and oils, I was still unable to visit every booth at #IFT15! Conveniently, IFT is returning to Chicago in 2016, so I can try to cover the entire Expo Hall next year. Enjoy the pictures from #IFT15.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

oils+fats enters the final strait

September 15, 2015—that´s when the doors open on oils+fats, the 'International Trade Fair for Business, Technology and Innovations' at the MOC Veranstaltungscenter in Munich.

A total of 45 exhibitors from 16 countries will be taking part in the show, presenting the latest trends, products and services for the oils and fats industry.

The list of exhibitors at oils+fats 2015 is always available—and always up-to-date—in the  online catalog.

Alongside the presentations by the exhibitors, oils+fats has more to offer. One Example is the Innovation Platform which this year has the motto "Science meets Industry".

All the key information about oils+fats is set out in compact form in the Visitor Guide.

Need a ticket? Then just print out your personal Print@home Ticket now—and save time and money. Some useful tips on travel and accommodation are also available our website.

oils+fats is on LinkedIn. Follow us and keep informed and updated at all times.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Free JSD article focuses on enhanced cleaning under cold-water wash conditions

“A hot topic in sustainability is lowering laundry wash temperatures to reduce energy consumption required for heating water,” notes George Smith, editor-in-chief of AOCS’ Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. However, one of the challenges in cold-water washing is the removal of fats and oils that are solid or semisolid at the wash temperature. New work from David Sabatini and his team at the University of Oklahoma shows how extended chain anionic surfactants, whose behavior correlates well with predictions from the hydrophile-lipophile deviation concept developed by Jean-Louis Salager, can provide enhanced cleaning performance under cold-water wash conditions. Check out this article, available free of charge through August 16, 2015.

For more AOCS journal pick-of-the-months, be sure to subscribe to AOCS' Inform Smartbrief. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

AOCS Newsletter June 2015 Highlights

 Luis Spitz Young Professional Travel Grant
Are you a young professional involved in the research, development, or manufacturing of soaps, detergents, and surfactants? You may be eligible to receive this grant to attend SODEOPEC2015.

Application deadline is August 15. Learn more (.pdf)

Inform Feature Article
As the countdown to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans continues, Inform looks at the issue of saturated fats in the diet. This month’s featured HTML article – “Big fat controversy: changing opinions about saturated fats” – examines the science and presents opinions from leading researchers on the topic.

And don't forget: we are now delivering the entire digital issue free of charge. You can view back issues, share the entire magazine, or clip and share individual articles. The app is available from Apple, Amazon, and Google Play stores by searching “AOCS Inform.”

Lab Proficiency Program
The next enrollment deadline for the 2015-2016 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is August 20 for the October 1 start date. Guarantee accuracy in your laboratory and fulfill your proficiency testing accreditation requirement with the most extensive testing program for oil- and fat-related commodities, oilseeds, oilseed meals, and edible fats. Enroll today!

Contact Dawn Shepard at +1 217-693-4810 with any questions or for more information.

Cannabis Expert Panel
AOCS held a second meeting of the AOCS Cannabis Expert Panel in Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 19. The panel comprised of industry experts is working to develop analytical methods and best practice recommendations to ensure patient safety in the medical marijuana field. For more information contact Cynthia Ludwig.

JAOCS seeks Editor-in-Chief
AOCS seeks candidates for the position of JAOCS Editor-in-Chief (EIC), to succeed outgoing EIC Richard W. Hartel whose term ends in May 2016. Rich has been an excellent leader who has built a strong team of senior associate editors and associate editors. During his editorship he led a successful transition to the journal’s partnership with Springer; the number of annually published articles nearly doubled; and performance indices such as the download factor and impact factor have improved. Please read the position announcement (.pdf) to learn more. Applications are due August 7, 2015. For questions, contact Search Committee co-chairs Eric Decker or Pam White.

AOCS Press and Elsevier Form New Publishing Alliance
AOCS is excited to announce a new co-publishing and distribution agreement with Elsevier. Elsevier will publish and distribute new AOCS Press books, taking advantage of ScienceDirect and other global distribution channels to reach a broader set of researchers in academia, industry, and government. In addition, Elsevier will begin distributing a select set of relevant and/or high-demand titles already published by AOCS Press. The new books will be co-branded under the Academic Press and AOCS Press imprints and published in collections beginning in 2016.

AOCS is now seeking book proposals in all content areas related to fats, oils, surfactants, soaps, and more. Anyone interested in publishing with AOCS is welcome to complete our online book proposal form. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Brown, Director, Content Development or Craig Byrdwell, Books and Special Publications Chair.

Members also benefit through this alliance. In the near future, AOCS members will receive a 30% discount off the list price of co-branded Academic Press and AOCS Press books, as well as a 30% discount off many other science and technology titles from Elsevier. To learn more, view the press release. (.pdf)

Live Webinar: Understanding FDA's Decision on Trans Fats
FDA just released its final determination on the use of partially hydrogenated oils in food. Join us on Thursday, June 25 from 2-2:30pm EST for a closer look at what this means for you and your business.

This FREE webinar is brought to you by AOCS and provides exclusive access to our special guest speaker, Robert A. Hahn, principal pttorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. Hahn specializes in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements.

Hahn will explain:
  • The legal basis for FDA’s determination
  • The scope of FDA’s determination
  • Compliance and enforcement issues
Your registration includes a free recording of the webinar. 

AOCS/ASABE/United Soybean Board Webinar Collaboration
Biomimicry Webinar: How Nature Inspires Innovation in Chemistry, Carpet and Classrooms.
June 30, 2015, 4:00 pm EST 

The United Soybean Board, American Society of Biological Engineers and AOCS invite you to join a FREE webinar on Biomimicry: an emerging science that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. It takes engineering lessons from animals, plants, and microbes. Join this webinar that will increase knowledge of biomimicry as well as share real world examples of how biomimicry inspires both carpet innovation and middle school science students.

Learn more about the program, speakers, PDH credit, and how to register.

Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
Australasian Section Biennial Meeting
September 9–11, 2015
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
25th Canadian Conference on Fats and Oils
October 4–6, 2015
Québec City, Québec, Canada
Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care
October 27–30, 2015
Miami, Florida, USA
AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update 2015
November 12–13, 2015
Dublin, Ireland
Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
11th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology
September 13–16, 2015
Alberta, Canada
Industry Event
World Congress on Oils and Fats and the 31st ISF Lectureship Series
October 31–November 4, 2015
Rosario, Argentina
Industry Event
Ag Innovation Showcase
September 14–16, 2015
Missouri, USA
Use code: AIS15MKT for 20% off registration!
Industry Event
62nd SEPAWA Congress and 11th European Detergents Conference
October 14–16, 2015
Fulda, Germany

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Live Webinar: FDA's Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Robert A. Hahn
Principal Attorney
FDA just released its final determination on the use of partially hydrogenated oils in food. Join us on Thursday, June 25, from 2-2:30pm EDT, for a closer look at what this means for you and your business.

This FREE webinar is brought to you by AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society) and provides exclusive access to our special guest speaker, Robert A. Hahn, principal attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. Hahn specializes in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements. The core of his practice consists of advising food and dietary supplement firms – including manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, and trade associations – on FDA regulatory issues including labeling, advertising and marketing, product formulation, food safety (including compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act), food defense, import/export, inspection, recall, and enforcement

Hahn will explain:

•    The legal basis for FDA’s determination

•    The scope of FDA’s determination

•    Compliance and enforcement issues matters.

If you have questions or need clarification, this is your time to get answers. A Q&A session will follow Hahn’s presentation.

Your registration includes a free recording of the webinar. Register through our Store today - simply add to cart and check out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FDA Update on the Removal of Trans Fat in Processed Foods

Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. 

Find more resources and join the discussion surrounding the removal of trans from food on inform|connect.