Tuesday, September 19, 2017

AOCS names Scott Bloomer as its new Director, Technical Services

Urbana, Ill. — Sept. 19, 2017 — The AOCS today announced that Scott Bloomer has been named its new Director, Technical Services, effective immediately. Bloomer’s knowledge of cutting-edge industry trends will help the AOCS continue to serve the evolving needs of the Society’s global scientific community.

Bloomer has over 20 years of experience in the fats and oils industry. Most recently, he was a principal scientist and senior patent agent at Archer Daniels Midland Company. In that role, he assessed the value of new process technology and product development and prosecuted patents in the areas of food oil, biodiesel and renewable chemicals from oils.

“Scott’s in-depth knowledge of the science and technology driving innovations in the fats and oils industry allows him to put his finger on the pulse of where the industry is going,” said Patrick Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the AOCS.

“His knowledge and many years of volunteer service with AOCS make him a unique and invaluable member of the AOCS team serving the Society,” Donnelly added.

As Director, Technical Services, Bloomer will lead AOCS technical products and services and represent the scientific interests of AOCS with key scientific and technical stakeholders in government, academia and industry.

“The breadth of fats and oils experience held by the members of the AOCS is surpassed only by the energy and enthusiasm they devote to the expansion of their knowledge. I am delighted to join the AOCS team and am looking forward to supporting the members in their advancement of the science and technology of fats and oils,” Bloomer said.

In addition to his work at ADM, Bloomer was a senior research scientist and corporate patent liaison at Land O’Lakes Inc. and senior research scientist in oilseed technology at Cargill. He holds a doctorate in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Lund, Sweden.


About AOCS

The AOCS advances the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. The Society provides technical services, including analytical testing methods, laboratory proficiency testing and reference materials, and administers the US position for several ISO technical committees and subcommittees. Discover the latest industry news by reading the Society’s magazine, INFORM, and following @aocs.

Media Contact: Dan Klen, Communication Specialist, +1 217-693-4829, dklen@aocs.org

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What does early career success look like? ... and what you should be doing now to prepare

In this free webinar, Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, will share insights and ideas to help young professionals achieve success in their careers. Steve will draw from his many years of experience in the food and fats and oils industries. He will also share insights gained as an AOCS volunteer leader.


Attendees will learn about three topics:

1. Preparing for success.
2. Building  your brand.
3. Learning and leveraging soft skills.


All AOCS members are encouraged to attend and invite a colleague to join along. This FREE webinar is made available by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group.


About Steve Hill, Speaker
Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, recently was appointed Vice President, Research and Development, at T. Marzetti, a Lancaster Colony Company. T. Marzetti is a food company primarily known for its delicious salad dressing and dips, but it also has a large food service business as well as a full range of bakery products under the FlatOut, Angelic Bakehouse, New York Bakery, Sister Schubert, and Reames brands. Previously, Steve was with Kraft Foods and ran his own consulting company, The Hill Advantage LLC.


About the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group
The Young Professional CIG provides newcomers to the industry with the resources and connections they need to advance their careers. If you are a recent graduate stepping into a new career position, this CIG is designed to help you transition from student to professional.

Register


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submissions now open

Call for Papers

Submit your abstract(s) now to present at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 6–9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA! Opportunities are available for both oral and poster presentations. For priority consideration, submit your abstract by November 2.





Submit a Hot Topic Proposal

Hot Topic Symposia will address how current, critical issues impact the business of fats and oils and affect the future of our industries. Symposia are held on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 7:55–10 am and no competing Division programming is held at this time.Submit a session proposal that addresses new technology, innovative research, or regulatory updates, today! Hot Topic proposal reviews will begin November 1.
Elevate your visibility in the industry, build connections, and receive valuable input on your work.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids

It is not too late to make your plans. Onsite registration is available—and easy! You can even download and complete the registration form in advance.

Where else can you discover market trends, connect across key industry sectors, and network with a community of fats, lipids, and oils professionals that spans Latin America and the globe? Only at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11–14 in Cancun, Mexico.

http://lacongress.aocs.org/ 


Friday, August 25, 2017

Biobased Innovation & Career Advice webinar

Join a 60-minute interactive webinar featuring collegiate biobased innovators from Purdue University as they receive feedback and career advice from Cargill’s Industrial Specialties experts.

Purdue University winners of the 2017 Student Soybean Innovation Competition, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, developed a soy-based air filter for use in residential and commercial applications. The Cargill representatives have agreed to provide feedback to the students on their biobased innovation and share possible opportunities and obstacles for it to move from the lab to the real world.

Bring your questions about this new product, the pathway to commercializing a soy-based product, and the many opportunities for soy as a sustainable ingredient in industrial products.

The webinar takes place at 4:00 pm Eastern, Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Register Here.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Use of Tara Gum as an Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing and Thickening Agent in Unstandardized Foods and Certain Standardized Foods - Health Canada's Food Directorate is seeking public comments

Notice of Health Canada’s Proposal to Enable the Use of Tara Gum as an Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing and Thickening Agent in Unstandardized Foods and Certain Standardized Foods – Reference Number : NOP/ADP-0027

Background

The Federal Government completed a detailed safety assessment of the use of tara gum as an emulsifying, gelling, stabilizing and thickening agent. The results of Health Canada’s evaluation of available scientific data support the safety and efficacy of tara gum for its requested uses. Therefore, Health Canada intends to modify the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents accordingly.

The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's intention in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of these food additives.

Find Out More

"Notice of Health Canada’s Proposal to Enable the Use of Tara Gum as an Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing and Thickening Agent in Unstandardized Foods and Certain Standardized Foods – Reference Number: NOP/ADP-0027" 
http://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/public-involvement-partnerships/proposal-tara-gum-emulsifying-gelling-stabilizing-thickening-agent.html



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Acaba de confirmarse — el Presidente de ANIAME en el Congreso Latinoamericano de AOCS - ANIAME president at AOCS Latin American Congress

El Presidente de ANIAME participará como disertante en el Congreso Latinoamericano de AOCS
Comience hoy a planificar la oportunidad de escuchar información de primera mano del Presidente de la Asociación Nacional de Industriales de Aceites y Mantecas Comestibles, A.C. (ANIAME) en el XVII Congreso Latinoamericano y Exposición sobre Grasas, Aceites y Lípidos de AOCS, a realizarse del 11 al 14 de septiembre en Cancún, México. Inscríbase online y reserve su lugar con anticipación en este evento.


ANIAME president to present in Cancun next month
Make your plans today to gain first-hand insights from the president of Asociación Nacional de Industriales de Aceites y Mantecas Comestibles, A.C. (ANIAME) at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, Sept. 11–14 in Cancun, Mexico. Register online to save your spot for this anticipated event.