Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Popular JAOCS articles published in 2015

Below are the top 20 Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society downloaded articles published in 2015. Congratulations to all the authors below and thank you to Editor-in-Chief Richard W. Hartel and the editorial board for their expertise and tireless dedication to the journal.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Most downloaded Lipids articles published in 2015

The following is a listing of the top 20 downloaded articles published in the 50th volume of Lipids (2015). Congratulations to all the authors below and thank you to Eric J. Murphy and the entire editorial board for their expertise and tireless dedication in facilitating the publication of this important research.

AOCS March 2016 Newsletter

AOCS Fellows Announced

Eric A. Decker, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
James A. Kenar, United States Department of Agriculture, USA
Thomas A. McKeon, United States Department of Agriculture, USA
Leonard M. Sidisky, Gas Separations Business Unit at Supelco, USA
Tong Wang, Iowa State University, USA

For more information on the AOCS Fellow Award or our awards program, please visit our website.

Congratulations, Travel Grant Recipients!

The following individuals have been awarded Division and Section grants to attend the upcoming AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA!

European Section Travel Grant:
  • Fabien Schultz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Industrial Oil Products Division Junior Researcher Travel Grants:
  • Guanqun (Gavin) Chen, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Xiaolan Luo, Ohio State University, USA

Inform Feature Article 

Current mechanical techniques for extracting virgin and extra virgin olive oil recover only about 80% of the oil present in the fruit. Pretreating crushed olives with pulsed electric field prior to centrifugation offers significant opportunities to improve extraction, increase olive oil yields, and recover healthful bioactive compounds. The technology’s potential to increase yields and deliver economic benefits at close to industrial scale was recently demonstrated during pilot studies in a small olive oil mill in Spain. The details are covered in our March featured HTML article. You may also view the full issue of Inform online.

AOCS Technical Services Updates

AOCS at work
Richard Cantrill, Chief Science Officer, represented AOCS at the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS), Budapest, Hungary (February 20–26). The main discussions focused on the present and future revisions of methods of analysis in Codex standards in Codex Stan 234, the use of sampling and testing in food trade, determination of method equivalency, and the use of the criteria approach when considering data arising from the sum of components. The draft meeting report is available online (PDF). Cantrill also acted as secretary for the Inter-Agency meeting and reported back to CCMAS on their deliberations.

AOCS Laboratory Proficiency (LPP) and Approved Chemist Programs
Enroll by May 20, 2016 to participate in a full year of testing and fulfill the proficiency testing accreditation requirement. Full-year LPP participants are eligible to apply for the Approved Chemist program. AOCS Approved Chemists are in high demand, and are highly respected throughout the industry. Use your status as an AOCS Approved Chemist to promote your technical expertise and attract new business. Download your application today! (PDF)

Visit the website for more information and available series.

AOCS Launches New Career Services Website

AOCS has recently partnered with WebScribble to bring our users an easier-to-use and more comprehensive Career Services site. Job postings and résumés can be searched by company, title, location, and more.

Job seekers – All AOCS career services are FREE. You can create a custom profile page with a unique URL to distribute to potential employers and upload a video résumé.

Employers – Not only will your open position be available to AOCS' diverse constituents, you will be able to create a company profile page featuring your logo and jobs for easy sharing. You can also track applicants and qualified candidates from our résumé bank. Members receive a 50% discount from list pricing—just be sure to use your member login when prompted.

Try it today! Post a job in March and save 30%. Use coupon code JOBSNOW at checkout.

“Evolving Drivers” Increasingly Impact Consumer Food Choices

Deloitte Consulting LLP recently released a study conducted in collaboration for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to gauge current drivers of consumer food choices. The study, Capitalizing on the Shifting Consumer Food Value Equation found that while the traditional drivers of taste, price, and convenience are still important, “evolving drivers” including health & wellness, safety, social impact, experience, and transparency have become meaningful for a significant portion of the 5,000 consumers surveyed. Read more about this on inform|connect.

Don’t miss GMA's Executive Vice President for Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer, Leon H. Bruner, at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 1–4, as he provides insights on current and future challenges for the food supply chain during a special session for senior executives, suppliers, producers, and processors from the food and agricultural sectors.

AOCS Annual Meeting: New Hot Topics Just Announced!

Two new sessions have been added to the Monday morning program, Impact of New Dietary Guidelines on Fats & Oils, organized by P.M. Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA; and Innovative Alternatives for Hard Fats and High Stability Oils in the Food Industry, organized by V. Nesper, MSLGroup, USA.

The Hot Topics Symposia will address how current, critical issues impact the business of fats and oils and affect the future of our industries. Five sessions are planned, and session details are available online now.

Save up to $100 when you register for the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo by April 1, 2016.

AOCS Member Shout-Outs  

Gary List adds to his list of awards
Congratulations to longtime member Gary List on being named the 2016 recipient of the Carl R. Fellers Award from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)! Gary's achievements will be recognized at IFT's annual event in Chicago. Thank you, Gary, for impacting the profession and future generations with your contributions!

Koen Dewettinck granted faculty status at the University of Arkansas
Koen Dewettinck of the University of Gent, Belgium has recently been admitted as an Adjunct Professor of Food Science at the University of Arkansas and has also been granted graduate faculty status by the University of Arkansas Graduate Council Committee. Dr. Dewettinck has been working with Food Science faculty to facilitate student exchange study abroad experiences for many years. More recently he has been conducting collaborative lipid research with Andy Proctor.

 Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
May 1–4, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Save up to $100 when you register by April 1.
World Conference on Fabric and Home Care—Singapore 2016
October 4–7, 2016
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Save up to $600 when you register by June 1.
Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
18th Annual Nanotech 2016 Conference & Expo
May 22–25, 2016
Washington D.C., USA
Industry Event
Cleaning Products Latin America 2016
June 21–23, 2016
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Save $300 with promo code AOCS16.
Industry Event
OFIC 2016
October 19–21, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Call for posters is now open!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FDA Issues Final Guidance for Industry on How to Reduce Acrylamide in Certain Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final guidance to the food industry to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods.

Acrylamide is a chemical that may form in certain foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting and baking. The National Toxicology Program (an interagency program that evaluates possible health risks associated with exposure to certain chemicals) characterizes the substance as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” And efforts to reduce acrylamide levels are already underway in many sectors of the food industry.

To help mitigate potential human health risks, the FDA’s guidance recommends that companies be aware of the levels of acrylamide in the foods they produce and consider adopting approaches, if feasible, that reduce acrylamide in their products. The guidance also offers a range of steps that growers, manufacturers, and food service operators may take to help reduce acrylamide levels.

Through this guidance and various research activities, the FDA is helping companies reduce acrylamide and reduce any potential risks to human health. The focus of this non-binding guidance is on raw materials, processing practices, and ingredients pertaining to potato-based foods (such as french fries and potato chips), cereal-based foods (such as cookies, crackers, breakfast cereals and toasted bread), and coffee, all sources of acrylamide exposure. Background on the FDA’s efforts to understand and reduce acrylamide is available on the FDA.gov .

Because acrylamide is found primarily in potato-based foods, cereal-based foods, and coffee, the FDA’s best advice for consumers to help limit acrylamide intake is to adopt a healthy eating plan, consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, that:

* Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
* Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
* Limits saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Additional advice to consumers pertaining to acrylamide, including recommended food storage and preparation methods, is available on FDA.gov .

View the most downloaded 2015 articles from JSD

The following list includes the top 20 top downloaded articles published in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents in 2015. Congratulations to all the authors below and thank you to George Smith, EIC, and the entire editorial board for their expertise and tireless dedication in facilitating the publication of this important research.                    

Thursday, March 17, 2016

FREE: JSD Article of the Month "Constructing Surfactant Systems with the Characteristics of Gemini and Oligomeric Surfactants Through Noncovalent Interaction"

“Gemini surfactants have been researched for several decades, but they have never really been commercialized for industrial applications because they are difficult to synthesize and purify,” says Journal of Surfactants & Detergents Editor-in-Chief George Smith. In Smith’s JSD pick for March, the review “Constructing Surfactant Systems with the Characteristics of Gemini and Oligomeric Surfactants through Noncovalent Interaction,” Yilin Wang and colleagues from the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, in China, have shown that it is possible to construct gemini surfactants through noncovalent interactions, including hydrogen bonding, metal-ligand coordination and electrostatic attraction. The reversibility of the interactions through pH, light, salt and temperature allows for easy control of the gemini surfactant structure using commercially available monomer surfactants. The article will be available online, free of charge, until May 16, 2016.

Constructing Surfactant Systems with the Characteristics of Gemini and Oligomeric Surfactants Through Noncovalent Interaction. Linyi Zhu, Yongqiang Tang, Yilin Wang. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. March 2016, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 237-247.


The superior physicochemical properties of gemini and oligomeric surfactants look promising in a variety of different applications. However, tedious covalent synthesis and complicated purification limit the development of these novel surfactants. Recently, it has been demonstrated as feasible to use noncovalent interactions to construct surfactant systems with the characteristics of gemini or oligomeric surfactants. This short review discusses the strategies of constructing gemini-like or oligomeric-like surfactants through noncovalent interactions by choosing proper building blocks, single-chain surfactants and gemini surfactants along with connecting molecules containing double or multiple binding sites. The current progress in this field has been summarized. This very simple and efficient way to obtain gemini and oligomeric surfactants may make a practical impact on the surfactant industry.

Read the article.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Potential industrial uses spell market opportunity for new soybean Renowned Guelph soybean breeder first discovered variety 20 years ago

A soybean variety first identified at the University of Guelph twenty years ago is now seeing a future as a possible feedstock for industrial uses.

Currently known as OAC 13-55C-HL, the soybean is high in linoleic fatty acids, lending itself particularly well to industrial material applications like paints, coatings, polyols and epoxies.
Renowned University of Guelph soybean breeder, the late Dr. Gary Ablett first discovered the variety two decades ago while he was working to develop soybeans with oil profiles more suited to the food industry, but market demand at the time wasn’t strong enough to warrant pursuing it further.

Ablett developed more than 50 soybean varieties during his career before passing away in 2012, and shared his discovery with fellow Guelph soybean researcher Dr. Istvan Rajcan. Dr. Rajcan continued Ablett’s work in conjunction with a team of graduate students.

It was Rajcan’s involvement with the BioCar Initiative - a partnership between the automotive industry and researchers to accelerate using plant-based ingredients to manufacture car parts – that led him to discover that OAC 13-55C-HL’s profile might be interesting for industrial uses and proceed with further development.

“Nobody was interested in high linoleic at the time when Gary developed this variety, but he allowed me to study it further with my grad students,” explains Rajcan. “We made crosses between Gary’s original variety and some high yielding soy varieties so we could improve the yield as well as have the high linoleic oil profile.”

Oil from the new soybean has a fatty acid profile that is approximately 33 per cent higher in linoleic acid than commodity soybean oil; all other fatty acid levels, including saturates, are lower. It also has a 12 per cent increase in double bonds compared to commodity soybean oil – and the more double bonds, the more reactive the oil, which should allow for improvements in production efficiency and material synthesis.

The new soybean variety presents a unique opportunity for the University of Guelph, according to Steve De Brabandere, Interim Director of the institution’s Catalyst Centre.

“Traditionally the bean breeding program at Guelph has been focused on soybean growing in Ontario, and there hasn’t been a lot of specific trait breeding for anything other than what farmers would need, like disease resistance, yield improvement or cold tolerance,” explains De Brabandere.

“This high linoleic oil extends the range of industrial products that can be made compared to regular soybean oil and expands the ease with which companies can make products like coatings, paints and plastics using biobased ingredients,” he adds.

They’ve managed to have a small quantity of the oil pressed and made available for new product development purposes and are now working with Soy 20/20 to get it into the hands of interested companies for testing.

Soy 20/20 has a mandate to encourage and grow both industrial and food-based market opportunities for Canadian soybeans.

“We’re seeing growth in the use of soybeans in paints and coatings, and the potential of this new high linoleic oil for industrial applications is promising,” says Soy 20/20 CEO Jeff Schmalz. “It has the potential to be a better feedstock for existing biobased products, as well as new product development, which bodes well for the future of Canada’s soybean industry.”

If early stage trials with the oil are successful, De Brabandere says they’ll look at partnering with a seed company to help move the variety into commercial production with farmers willing to grow the soybeans under separate contract. He estimates that could be as early as the 2018 growing season.
Rajcan says the variety is currently still undergoing field trials to test for agronomic characteristics, and although it is not as high yielding as some of the top soybeans, it could be an attractive option for farmers looking to grow a specialty soybean.

“The real interest is in the industrial application and not for commodity production,” he says, adding the bean’s future will depend on the outcome of the early stage industrial product development trials.

The soybean breeding program at the University of Guelph receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the University. Soy 20/20 is supported by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and by Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Guest post courtesy  Lilian Schaer.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cannabis Extraction and Analytics Programming at AOCS Annual Meeting

AOCS will offer special sessions to spur the exchange of information and new technologies regarding cannabinoid extraction and analytics at the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Attendees interested in the exploration and discussion of the science of cannabis will be able to:

  • Attend educational sessions developed to address specific topics of interest:
    • Advances in Extraction of Cannabis and Similar Plant Materials
    • Challenges and Recent Advances in Cannabinoid Analytics
  • Engage with 1,600 professionals from 44 countries, representing a full range of the most prestigious corporate, government, and academic institutions.
  • Attend any of 600+ technical presentations within 12 interest areas, such as Cannabis Extraction and Analytics, Analytical, and Processing.
  • Meet with the 80+ exhibitors who provide business solutions for all types of professionals in the fats and oils industries.

AOCS is extending discounted Annual Meeting registration rates to those in the cannabis arena. To obtain these special rates, please complete this special registration form and either fax or mail to AOCS Headquarters. Register by April 1 and save up to $200! 

The 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 1–4, 2016. As one of the premier international science and business forums on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials, the meeting brings together more than 1,600 attendees from around the world. In addition to its extensive technical program, the Annual Meeting features a Hot Topics Symposia, Expo, a variety of networking events, and the Awards Plenary and Business Meeting. The Annual Meeting provides ample opportunities for attendees to learn, reconnect with colleagues, engage with new business contacts, and meet with Expo partners.

To learn more about the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, visit: www.AnnualMeeting.aocs.org.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March issue of Inform magazine focuses on processing improvements

The March 2016 issue of Inform looks at several promising processing improvements. Inform Associate Editor Laura Cassiday explores new strategies to detect and mitigate process contaminants in edible oils in the feature story. Researchers from AZTI in Spain describe a new physical pretreatment that increases extraction yields and concentrations of healthful bioactives in virgin and extra virgin olive oil. In another article, researchers out of France explain alternative methods for improving the yield and preservation of micronutrients during crushing and refining. The March issue also includes recent patents, expert-selected journal articles, a regulatory review, and more. You can access each free issue of Inform as soon as it becomes available by clicking the link to the current issue. Bookmark it now!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Free: Five selected papers from the Lipids 50th anniversary volume

Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Eric J. Murphy, has selected five papers from over 120 published in the 50th volume of Lipids. These papers highlight a new topical emphasis for the journal. More specifically, these articles represent a mix of cell biology and lipid biochemistry, with several of them focused on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors and the influence of these receptors in cellular function. These articles are available for free only for a limited time.