AAK, ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Dow, IOI Loders Croklaan, Palsgaard, and Richardson Oilseed focused their promotional materials and messaging to differentiate their PHO (partially hydrogenated oil) replacement solutions from other exhibitors at the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), held July 11–14, 2015, in Chicago.
All offered delicious baked goods, but others offered more, including IOI Loders Croklaan, which featured the very clever “No PHO Café,” and Bunge used a truck-length RV to serve up tasty “PHO free” treats. The replacement options included the use of fat blends with oils such as palm or canola; high-oleic oils; and interesterified oils. IFT organized a premeeting short course, “Innovation with Healthier Oils & Grains: Solutions to Meet Changing Policies and Demands,” which featured several AOCS leaders.
The expo hall was filled with exhibitors promoting bioactive functional ingredients; ingredients for clean labels; and instrumentation to analyze these ingredients, including color measurement. Anton-Paar demonstrated the sturdiness of its refractometer by placing it in a fish tank filled with goldfish! Solazyme offered algal oil sampling, in addition to baked goods.
Although I spent nearly two days visiting with companies and learning about the latest products and technologies that involve fats and oils, I was still unable to visit every booth at #IFT15! Conveniently, IFT is returning to Chicago in 2016, so I can try to cover the entire Expo Hall next year. Enjoy the pictures from #IFT15.