Friday, August 30, 2013

AOCS Annual Meeting Emerging Topics Symposia Call for Proposals

Are you researching or working on a current and pressing topic in your field? We invite you to submit a proposal to organize a special symposium for our 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo Emerging Topics Symposia.

The Emerging Topics Symposia will feature global discussions on matters that affect the future of our industries, and expand beyond the science to address how current critical issues impact the business of fats and oils. Learn more here and submit your proposal before the October 21st deadline!

AOCS Meetings Department
+1 217-693-4821

Friday, August 16, 2013

News and Notes for Friday Aug 16, 2013

Healthy food enzymes boost Novozymes Q2 profit
Enzyme specialist Novozymes has reported its first-half performance as expected, with organic sales growth of 6% over last year. Read more from Food Navigator.

US importer files for bankruptcy citing Chinese melamine crisis debts
US import-export firm Exim Brickell has filed for bankruptcy citing debts of $200m following the loss of several lawsuits connected to its involvement in the shipment of Chinese melamine-tainted milk powder in 2008. Read more from Dairy Reporter.

Oil Crops Outlook 
The USDA Economic Research Service has released its latest monthly report entitled "Rising Competition, Smaller Crop Gains Seen Limiting U.S. Soybean Demand". Read the USDA ERS Oil Crops Outlook Report (.pdf)

One-pot to prep biomass for biofuels
The advantages of the one-stop shop have long been recognized in the retailing and services industries. Similar advantages would also be realized for the biofuels industry with the development of a "one-pot" processing system in which sugars could be extracted from biomass and turned into fuels in a single vat.  Read more from R&D Magazine.

Indian plastic packaging firm expands after 31% sales hike
Manjushree Technopack, which works with Coca Cola, Pepsi and Bisleri Indian bottled water, has announced its FY14 Q1 results as it plans to build a second factory in Bangalore. Read more from Food Navigator Asia.

Abstract Alerts

How to Attain an Ultralow Interfacial Tension and a Three-Phase Behavior with a Surfactant Formulation for Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Review. Part 2. Performance Improvement Trends from Winsor’s Premise to Currently Proposed Inter- and Intra-Molecular Mixtures 
Jean-Louis Salager, Ana M. Forgiarini, Laura Márquez, Lisbeth Manchego, Johnny Bullón.
Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. September 2013, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 631-663. Read the Abstract or Download the Paper (.pdf)

Ensiling of Wheat Straw decreases the required Temperature in Hydrothermal Pretreatment
Morten Ambye-Jensen, Sune Tjalfe Thomsen, Zsófia Kádár and Anne S Meyer   
Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013, 6:116 doi:10.1186/1754-6834-6-116. Published: 14 August 2013.
Read the Abstract or Download the Provisional Paper (.pdf) 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

AOCS Newsletter Highlights-August 2013

Share your Research! Call for Papers Now Open
AOCS continually strives to provide the most advanced research and education in the fats and oils industries, and we invite you to submit your paper for the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. The meeting program will feature invited presentations as well as volunteer oral and poster presentations. Check out the 12 interest areas, submission guidelines, evaluation criteria, and other important details on our website.
  • Take advantage of this opportunity to present your work to an engaged audience of your peers while advancing your career — submit your abstract. Preliminary Abstracts Due: October 21, 2013.

Renew for a Chance to Win an American Express Gift Card!
Online renewal is available NOW for your 2014 AOCS membership dues.
Renew by August 27, 2013, and be entered in a drawing for a $100.00 USD American Express gift card! Contact Doreen Berning if you have any questions or need your login information.

Award Nominations Being Accepted
Do you know someone who should be recognized for their contributions to the fats, oils, and related materials industries? AOCS offers 20 awards for professionals and 15 awards exclusively for students.

LPP Second Quarter Enrollment Deadline
The enrollment deadline for the second quarter of the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is August 20.
Check out the list of testing programs that LPP offers, including our new Diacylglycerol (DAG) series for soybean and rapeseed oil.

AOCS has your topic covered!
Learn more about all of our upcoming meetings.

AOCS Meeting Updates

15LACbugXV Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats and Oils | August 20-23, 2013 | Santiago, Chile
This extensive three-day program will feature more than 67 insightful presentations highlighting the latest developments in the fats and oils industries. Plus, more than 70 poster presentations will be on display and the exhibition will showcase the industry’s best international equipment and service companies while also offering many networking opportunities.

If you are registered, check out the delegate resources to access the registration list, preview abstracts, and review the program guide. You must enter the password received in your registration confirmation to access these resources.

If you have not registered there is still time—registration is available onsite!

AustralasianAustralasian Section of AOCS Biennial Meeting and Workshops | November 6-8, 2013 | New South Wales, Australia
Learn, share, and discuss scientific and industrial progress related to all aspects of fats and oils. The theme focuses on the debate over the production of oils for use in foods versus their increased use in biofuels. There will also be a joint full-day Omega-3 Symposium with the Omega-3 Centre, highlighting the latest research on omega-3 oils. Abstracts must be submitted by September 20.

Abstract Submission Guidelines (.pdf)
Upcoming Industry Meetings
sci_90x90 2Physical Principles of Lipids in Food Products and Health | September 5—6, 2013 | Leeds, UK

"Fat" has become a byword for ill-health in our nutrition-obsessed world. Yet fatsor more exactly fatty acids and their glycerol esters, the mono-, di-, and triacylglycerolsare essential to health. AOCS members pay SCI member registration rates.

Ag Innovation 20132013 Ag Innovation Showcase | September 9—11, 2013 | St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Now in its fifth year, the Ag Innovation Showcase has solidified itself as the premier event where Ag capital providers and corporate strategics connect. The showcase facilitates dialog and deal-flow between Ag industry leaders, emerging innovators and investors in ag-bio, renewable energy, sustainable materials, food production, animal health and farming technologies.
oilfat_logo_rgb_v2International Trade Fair for the Technology and Trade of Oils and Fats | September 18—20, 2013 | Messe München, Germany
Secure your entrance ticket to oils+fats 2013

Only six weeks until the Trade Fair for Technology and Trade of Oils and Fats at Messe München. Have you secured your entrance ticket yet? Advance purchase online is much cheaper -- 28 euros for a one-day ticket (Onsite cost is 55 euros). Ticket also includes entrance to drinktec, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry, which is taking place in parallel with oils+fats.

abs_logo 2Algae Biomass Summit | September 30—October 3, 2013 | Orlando, Florida, USA

The 7th annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s algae utilization industries including, but not limited to, financing, algal ecology, genetic systems, carbon partitioning, engineering & analysis, biofuels, animal feeds, fertilizers, bioplastics, supplements and foods.

CP2013_90X90Cleaning Products 2013 | October 2—4, 2013 | Richmond, Virginia, USA

With support from the American Cleaning Institute, Smithers Apex’s Cleaning Products 2013 registration is now underway. The event will be held October 2-4, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. With sessions dedicated to the latest market trends, emerging supplier markets, innovations in product development, packaging, dryer products, and a reflection on the new FTC Green Guidelines -- your company cannot afford to miss this event!

OilssedsOilsOilseeds & Oils – 2013 | October 9—11, 2013 | Istanbul, Turkey

The 5th International Conference, Oilseeds & Oils – 2013 will be devoted to the modern market of oilseeds, vegetable oils and by-products. For many participants of the fat-and-oil industry, 2012 and 2013 will be remembered as a very interesting period. We invite you to sum up results of the last two years, and discuss what lies ahead.

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Join the World's Largest Algae Biomass Conference

Register Now and Save $200
Hurry, Early Bird Discount Ends 8/19/2013

The 7th annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place September 30 - October 3, 2013 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida, United States. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s algae utilization industries including, but not limited to, financing, algal ecology, genetic systems, carbon partitioning, engineering & analysis, biofuels, animal feeds, fertilizers, bioplastics, supplements and foods.

As the largest gathering of algae professionals in the United States, attending is one of the most effective ways to make business connections, see exciting new industry innovations and learn from other industry leaders about their strategies for success.  The 2013 event is expected to draw hundreds of attendees and a sold-out exhibition hall.  Much of this can be attributed to the current strength of the industry and the positive outlook for the future of algae.

The Summit will focus on a wide range of topics from:
  • Biology
  • Engineering & Analysis
  • Commercial activities
  • Policy and financing
The summit also brings together a diverse crowd, from algae crop growers, technology providers, and manufacturers, to project developers, investors and policy makers.  As the world's premier algae industry educational and networking assembly, this is an event that is not to be missed.

Early bird rates for the 2013 Algae Biomass Summit will be expiring soon! Click here for registration details.

Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is an AOCS Association Exchange member.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

International Biotechnology Symposium- August 26, 2013

International Biotechnology Symposium August 26, 2013 • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn,  Champaign, IL


  • World class speakers including Dr. Bob Thompson and Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
  • Farmers from around the world highlighting the critical role of biotechnology needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050
  • An International Biotechnology Panel reviewing the current pipeline of new crop traits
  • Discussion of the current regulatory process and needed changes by an International Regulatory Panel
  • Overview of the impact of biotechnology on world trade by an International Export/Import Panel
  • Opportunity to network with international farmers, regulators and biotechnology leaders
  • Translation to be provided in Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish
Come to the Farm Progress Show a day early and join one of the most important
conversations on earth. Currently, regulatory roadblocks and divergent approval systems are
slowing the biotechnology-driven yield advances needed to feed our growing world

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this critical conversation.

Visit today for registration, a full agenda and hotel information.

News and Notes for Wednesday Aug 13, 2013

6% rise in food manufacturing jobs after gluten-free ruling
Food manufacturing jobs have soared in July after renewed consumer interest in gluten-free products, according to ISM (The Institute for Supply Management). Read more from

Calorie-Reduced Margarine - Use of Gelatin as a Gelling Agent in Canada
Health Canada's Food Directorate has enabled this use and updated its 'List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents', effective August 13, 2013. " Read more from Health Canada.

Firm promising to tackle pre-diabetes by unlocking secrets of gut microbiome talks to medical food giants
A firm co-founded by Whole Foods Market chairman John Elstrott is in talks with top consumer healthcare firms about developing medical foods containing a novel ingredient claimed to improve blood glucose control and metabolic function in pre-diabetics and type 2 diabetics. Read more from

Waters acquires Nonlinear Dynamics
Waters has acquired Nonlinear Dynamics Ltd., a leader in proteomics and metabolomics analysis software. Nonlinear Dynamics is known for its Progenesis software which offers researchers ways to analyze and visualize the raw proteomic data. Read the News Release.

Agaia Introduces NFPA 1851 Compliant Bunker Gear Laundry & Cleaning Technology to Protect America’s Firefighters and Their Gear
Evolve® Bunker Gear Laundry Becomes the First All-Natural Cleaning Solution Available to the Firefighting Industry, Outperforming Chemical Cleaners in Removing Soot, Toxins and Smoke Odors. Read the News Release.

New materials for bio-based hydrogen synthesis; synthetic biology enables spontaneous protein activation
Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) (Germany), with colleagues from the MPI (Max Planck Institute) Mülheim and Université Grenoble, have discovered an efficient process for hydrogen biocatalysis. They developed semi-synthetic hydrogenases—hydrogen-generating enzymes—by adding the protein’s biological precursor to a chemically synthesized inactive iron complex.  Read more.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

AOCS Press Call For Book Topics - You could win $25!

What professional books are you reading this summer?

What book, on what topic, would you like to be reading in the future?

AOCS Press would like your topics for future AOCS publications, including books, digital resources, and more. Share your ideas by completing this brief form. Submit your book idea by August 14th and you could win! One participant will receive $25 off an AOCS Press book (exclusions apply).