Thursday, April 23, 2015

Olive Oil Workshop

"Understanding Olive Oil: The Romance and the Reality" a three-course luncheon workshop examines the history, cultural significance, and culinary functionality of this highly sought-after oil. This workshop is being held May 6, 1015 in conjunction with the AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases in Orlando Florida.

View the Program.

This workshop is appropriate for:
  • Olive growers
  • Producers and purveyors of olive oil
  • Chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary experts
  • Anyone looking to further their knowledge of olive oil

Trained olive oil sensory experts will present an introduction to official olive oil tasting protocol leading a tasting of six olive oils, including top award-winners from around the world. These oils have been selected to illustrate official tasting methodology and to showcase the complexity and diversity of great extra virgin olive oil. An olive oil pairing lunch will be presented in an exploration of the flavor dynamics of olive oil and food. This program promises to provide a most illuminating and delicious learning experience that will give you a new appreciation of the science of olive oil in a gastronomic context.

Participants will also receive Olive Oil: A Field Guide, assorted gifts,
and be entered to win door prizes.

Space is limited! Reserve your seat when you register for the AOCS Annual Meeting or register for ONLY this event in the AOCS store.
US $ 160

Add the Olive Oil Workshop to your Annual Meeting itinerary when you pick up your registration materials in Orlando!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AOCS Newsletter April 2015 Highlights

Featured this Month in Inform Magazine

This month’s feature article from Inform, the AOCS membership magazine, provides a handy review of the basic technologies and ingredients used by cosmetic chemists in creating functional products. Author Perry Romanowski, the publisher of Cosmetic Chemists Corner, will also be an instructor for a short course on novel cosmetic surfactant systems on Sunday, May 3, during the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases in Orlando, Florida, USA.

AOCS Publishes New Methods of Analysis for Cosmetic Ingredients

Assure the integrity and purity of your cosmetic ingredients with Methods of Analysis for Cosmetic Ingredients. These methods have been specifically selected by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) from the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 6th Edition, 3rd Printing to comply with ISO 22716 and Good Manufacturing Practices to guarantee the safety and purity of cosmetic ingredients.

Registration Now Open for Two of Our Premier Meetings

Join industry experts as they discuss “Practical Solutions for Tomorrow’s Challenges,” in Miami, Florida, USA, October 27–30. Take part in discussions about the latest developments in the evolving landscape of Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care.

AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update 2015
Join oils and fats senior executives from around the world November 12–13 in Dublin, Ireland. Make new connections, strengthen your business, and discover the latest trends and opportunities.

AOCS Annual Meeting Updates

New This Year - The App

Getting ready for the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases? Don’t forget to set up your attendee profile in The App, the meeting’s new mobile event guide. Access The App to build your personal itinerary, search presentations and abstracts, and connect with other attendees. Login details for The App were distributed to registered delegates in early April. Need assistance? Before the meeting, you can email Ellen Snipes for troubleshooting tips and tricks. Need help once you’re in Orlando? Stop by The App Help Desk at the Butler Room.

Annual Meeting Career Fair | Monday, May 4, 2015 | Noon–1:15pm and 5:00–6:00pm

Take advantage of our Annual Meeting Career Center to connect with the brightest minds from around the globe and the expanded career network to search for the perfect employee or career opportunity.

Employers can reserve a table free of charge to meet with interested parties. Tables must be reserved by April 27, 2015. Contact Doreen Berning to make your reservation.

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in the Olive Oil Workshop!

Attend this unique lunch and explore the flavor dynamics of olive oil and food. This program promises to provide a most illuminating and delicious learning experience that will give you a new appreciation of the science of olive oil in a gastronomic context. Use this form to register and save $25. (PDF)

AOCS Toy Drive

When planning for the meeting, remember to pack a brand new book or toy that represents your home country. Luggage too full for a donation? Cash donations will be accepted during the meeting too. We’ll have a Toy Drive box at the meeting registration area to accept all donations.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children welcomes all toys so that every child who is hospitalized for medical care can receive fun toys and gifts to brighten their day. Visit their webpage for donation suggestions.

Looking for a job?

AOCS Career Services regularly posts some of the best career opportunities in the industry. Take a look below at several current listings, or get more information on the Career Center website.


Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases
May 3–6, 2015
Orlando, Florida, USA
Online registration closes April 24.
Australasian Section Biennial Meeting
September 9–11, 2015
Victoria, Australia
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
Canadian Nutrition Society Conference: Lipid Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health
May 31–June 1, 2015
Manitoba, Canada
Industry Event
CESIO 2015: 10th World Surfactant Congress and Business Convention
June 1–3, 2015
Istanbul, Turkey
Industry Event
28th Nordic Lipidforum Symposium
June 3–6, 2015
Reykjavik, Iceland
Industry Event
World Congress on Oils and Fats and the 31st ISF Lectureship Series
October 31–November 4, 2015
Rosario, Argentina
Abstracts now being accepted

The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Seminar

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 and the State Bar of California.

​A panel of experts including industry leaders, scientists, lawyers, professors and government officials will review in depth the latest science, standards, legal developments and testing methodologies, particularly in light of new authenticity testing.

Who should attend?

Growers, manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, chefs, restaurant owners and all those otherwise engaged in the olive oil.

  • Click here to register now!
  • Click here to view the agenda.  
Course Details:

Speakers Include:
Maria Reyes, KeHE Distributors, David Neumann, Gaea North America LLC, Richard Cantrill, AOCS, Alexandra Devarenne, Industry Consultant and Extra Virgin Alliance, Michael Roberts, UCLA Law School, and Paul Miller, AOA.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
​A networking reception will take place following the seminar.

The State Bar of California
​180 Howard Street
​San Francisco, CA  94105

Registration Fee:
$295, if you register by April 23; $395, after April 23.
**Inquire about group discounts.

I would like to attend this seminar!

For additional information, please contact:

Sara A. Woldai
Senior Marketing and Events Coordinator

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Will You Invest in AOCS?

"What can this organization do for me?" is a frequently asked question. It applies to social clubs, fraternal organizations, and scientific societies. Perhaps the question should be phrased, "What can I do for this organization?" At least this is more consistent with the old adages, "You get out no more than you put in" or "The more you give, the more you get." In this age of social responsibility, it is refreshing to consider the personal contributions of time and energy made to the Society by hundreds of our AOCS membership.

The officers of the Society provide direction and set the general policies for the organizations.
Committees are constantly at work to improve current activities and provide the opportunity to directly influence the direction for the Society. Editors, books reviewers, scientific papers all work together to help make our journals outstanding technical publications. Other ways in which people contribute to the Society are through Section and Division activities, participation in short courses or convention programs, and presentation of scientific papers. Governance, committee, publication, technical expertise all gives the spark which stimulates the members into making this the "most friendly" scientific organization.

All those who have come into direct contact with the Society have been impressed with the earnestness, sincerity, and friendliness of the people in it. These people are obviously enjoying their contributions to Society endeavor.

Are you getting out of your organization all you should? If not, perhaps there is an additional job, a
different interest, a new activity within the organization that would provide the challenge you enjoy. Your personal participation in the Society affairs which most appeal to you will bring rewards far greater than your investment of time and talent.

Taken in part from David Wesson?s article back in 1920's.

I read this article when we were approaching our 100th anniversary in 2009. David Wesson is talking to us today - everything he mentioned is still true and relevant. [Disclaimer - I did update some of his text for today's committee structure. That has changed over the 105 years.]

For those of you who want to "Invest in AOCS" - You Can.

Only have a few minutes - You Can be involved.

Want to lead - You Can

The You Can webpages were designed with level of participation you wish to contribute to your professional society.

Our Society was founded on the spirit of volunteerism. As David Wesson asks, "Are you getting out of your organization all you should" ?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

FREE from Lipids Journal “Autoxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids: II. A suggested mechanism for the formation of TBA-reactive materials from prostaglandin-like endoperoxides.”

No. 3 on the “fab 5” list!

In celebration of the 50th volume of the AOCS journal Lipids, we are featuring one paper each month from a list of five pivotal original papers representing the broad areas of research from the first 49 volumes of the journal. All five articles are available free of charge at
            This month’s paper—No. 3 on the “Fab 5” list—was written by William A. Pryor, J.P. Stanley, and E. Blair at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. It appeared in 1976, has been cited more than 500 times, and is titled “Autoxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids: II. A suggested mechanism for the formation of TBA-reactive materials from prostaglandin-like endoperoxides.”

            “This paper helped form the foundation in the literature that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are subject to free radical-initiated autoxidation and form endoperoxides,” notes Lipids Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Murphy, which are now recognized as an important part of the pathophysiology of numerous human diseases, including atherosclerosis and cancer. By using several mass spectrometric techniques, the researchers determined that oxidation of methyl linolenate results in endoperoxide formation and that these products go on to form malonaldehyde. By extension, other PUFA would be subject to autoxidation to form endoperoxides and are the source of the TBA-reactive [thiobarbituric acid] materials in autoxidation systems, now known to contain mainly malondialdehyde formed via PUFA autoxidation.

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You Can and You Did Publish with AOCS Press

Continuing with the theme of thanking our volunteers during Volunteer Week, AOCS Press would like to thank the editors and authors of our three new titles now available from AOCS Press. In addition to the editors listed below, over 115 chapter authors devoted many hours to help produce these timely and relevant publications. Thank you!

Enrique Martínez-Force, Nurhan Turgut Dunford, and Joaquín J. Salas, editors of Sunflower: Chemistry, Production, Processing, and Technology.

Moghis Ahmad and Xuebing Xu, editors of Polar Lipids: Biology, Chemistry, and Technology.

Dimitrios Boskou, editor of Olive and Olive Oil Bioactive Constituents.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You Can and You Did

The people who volunteer their time, talents, and leadership play a big role in the health of our
organization. Volunteers make an impact in a variety of ways, ranging from small talks to prepare for an event to specialized professional advice. Many volunteers even serve in official or unofficial leadership roles to guide and grow the organization or a specific part of our community.

As part of Volunteer Week, we want to thank everyone who volunteered their time, talents, and
leadership to AOCS.

There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.