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

Find out More

Friday, August 3, 2018

Explore the most popular AOCS content from 2018 — so far

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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!