Thursday, November 15, 2018

Crown announces new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center

Crown breaks ground on its new global headquarters to support the 140-year-old company’s commitment to growth and innovation. Crown’s new 68,000 square foot facility in Blaine, Minnesota will accommodate a 37% increase in global headquarters staff, and fuel technological advancements for the company and its customers through its state-of-the-art Innovation Center featuring a 15,000 square foot pilot plant—triple the size of their current pilot plant.

Crown’s Global Headquarters and Innovation Center will serve as a world-class resource to leading global manufacturers within the oil seed processing industry. It is designed to harness the creativity and ingenuity of Crown’s team to develop innovative solutions and technologies for customers around the world. “Our goal is to be the ‘first-call’ for customers looking for a technology partner to transform their manufacturing capabilities by reducing energy and water usage, improving yields, and reducing capital and operating costs,” says Mike Hoerle, Crown’s Vice President of Global Engineering.

The flagship Innovation Center will include a fully functional and highly instrumented pilot plant with preparation, extraction, protein concentrate, and refining equipment connected to a best in class control system, allowing customers to simulate plant-processing operations within a controlled environment. The extensive infrastructure will also support customer interaction in trials and provide maintenance and operation training for customers.

“Our customers are world leaders in the Oilseed Processing industry, and they are demanding innovative approaches to lower the total cost of ownership and operational cost while also improving efficiency,” says Bill Antilla, General Manager, Crown Global Companies. “Our new 68,000 square foot Global Headquarters and World Class Innovation Center fully leverages Crown’s industry-leading technology and talented global team to further expand Crown’s role as a trusted advisor and problem-solving partner to our customers.”

Mortenson Construction is developing the $12 million facility with a $1.2 million business subsidy from the city of Blaine to promote economic development in the community.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

POS BIO SCIENCES celebrates two years of partnership with Batavia Bio Processing

POS Bio Sciences continues its legacy of innovation and collaboration with the anniversary of Batavia Bio Processing as part of the POS family.

SASKATOON, SK – October 15, 2018 – This month, Batavia Bio Processing, an ingredient science and innovation facility located in Batavia, Illinois, is celebrating two years as part of Saskatoon’s POS Bio Sciences. POS, which is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus, has kept its finger on the pulse of innovation by working with industry partners on ingredient breakthroughs and developing cutting edge research and technologies.

Batavia Bio Processing has developed its own reputation as a leader in the industries of food, edible oils, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and bio-based products. Adding Batavia Bio Processing to its organization, POS has grown its short path distillation capabilities to make advancements in the concentration of key compounds. These advancements have led to the efficient and effective removal of impurities and pesticides in food ingredients and products intended for consumption, such as baby formula and pet foods. Batavia Bio Processing has become one of the few world leaders in processing oils on an industrial scale and has attracted many foreign customers.

“We are very proud of all that Batavia Bio Processing has accomplished as part of the POS family,” says Dale Kelly, CEO of POS Bio Sciences. “Batavia has played a large part in the overall success of POS and has helped bring us closer to achieving our vision of being a world leader in ingredient science and innovation. We congratulate Batavia on all of their success, and look forward to many more years of innovation, partnership, and industry leadership together.”

For more information, on both POS Bio Sciences and Batavia Bio Processing, visit

About POS: POS Bio Sciences is a global ingredient and process technology company established over 40 years ago. Headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, POS is recognized around the world as a trusted expert in the areas of applied science and technology for bio processing. POS has worked with over 800 companies from 40 countries to help them achieve their goals and continues to increase Saskatchewan’s global visibility as a centre for innovation.
For more information, please contact

Justin White
Vice-President Global Sales and Business Development

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In Memoriam -Dr. Bernard Francis (Bernie) Szuhaj

Dr. Bernard Francis (“Bernie”) Szuhaj passed away surrounded by his sons at Parkview Regional Hospital on September 14, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 75.  Bernie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carole Ann Szuhaj (née Brady), his brother and sister, Theodore Szuhaj, Jr. and Sylvia Reed (née Szuhaj), his sons, Matthew, Timothy and Bernard Szuhaj, his daughters-in-law, Suzanne Marie Szuhaj (née Woodward) and Jennifer Szuhaj (née Ritz), and his six grandchildren, Samantha, Jake, Isabelle, Benjamin, Brady, Ethan and Lily.

Bernie was born on November 27, 1942 in Washington Township, Pennsylvania to Theodore Szuhaj and Rose Szuhaj (née Karamon).  After graduating from Lilly-Washington High School in 1960, he matriculated to Pennsylvania State University where he earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in the field of Bio-Chemistry in 1964, 1966 and 1969, respectively.  While attending Penn State he married his childhood sweetheart, Carole, on December 26, 1964 in their hometown of Lilly, PA.  While completing his graduate studies, the couple welcomed three children, twins, Matt and Tim in January 1966, and younger brother, Bernie, in February 1967. 

Prior to defending his PhD dissertation and after moving his young family to Chicago, Illinois, in 1968, Bernie began a thirty-five-year career with Central Soya Company, Inc., an international agribusiness company.  He enjoyed an accomplished career with the company, retiring in 2003 as the Vice President of Research and Development. Following his retirement, Bernie served as the Executive Director of the National Center of Excellence in Human Nutrition, also known as Nutricore, a public-private initiative established by the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Economic Development Alliance to help Indiana universities and businesses obtain Federal research grants to support programs related to childhood obesity.  Professionally, Bernie was widely recognized as an international authority in the field of Soy Lecithin and Phospholipids ultimately authoring and editing several seminal books and publications on these subjects.  During his distinguished scientific career, Bernie was granted ten U.S. Patents and numerous international patents, including several for an investigational cancer drug based on a soy component know as Bowman-Birk Inhibitor. 

Bernie was a longtime member of the American Oil Chemists Society, a global professional scientific society for all individuals and corporations with interest in the fats, oils, proteins, surfactants, detergents and related materials fields, eventually serving as the AOCS’ President.  He was also a founder and the inaugural President of the International Lecithin and Phospholipid Society.

Bernie was an active participant in the community and with his children’s activities both in Chicago and after the family moved to Fort Wayne, serving as a Cub Scout Leader, baseball coach, and passionate science fair advisor and judge.  He was also an active member of both Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, Illinois and later St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Memorial services for Bernie will be held at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Ft. Wayne, on Saturday, September 22nd.  Public visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm with a memorial service immediately following.  A reception following the service will be held at Casa Grille, 411 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, beginning at 2:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bernie’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (  The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers from Visiting Angels, Clarkson Mobility, Parkview Regional Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Ashton Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center for their efforts, care, and dedication to Bernie and his health,

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome Dr. Karel Hrncirik to the AOCS Uniform Methods Committee Flavor, Quality and Stability!

Dr. Karel Hrncirik, obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Rep. He is currently an R&D manager at Unilever, based in the Global R&D Centre years Dr. Hrncirik has been leading Unilever research program on the 3-MCPD issue. He is a member of several professional organizations and expert panels, an author of a number of scientific papers and book chapters, and a regular speaker at scientific symposia.
for Spreads and Dressings, The Netherlands. His main areas of expertise are food quality, oil handling and processing, product shelf-life, novel functional ingredients, and food safety. For the last ten

We are honored to have join Dr. Hrncirik join us in analytical methods development.

Are you inspired to get involved and make a difference?
If you would like more information on how to get involved please contact Scott Bloomer - Phone: +1 217-693-4830 | Email:

Friday, August 17, 2018

JAOCS Special Issue: Satisfying protein demand with plant and alternative proteins: Sources, quality, processing, modifications and applications

The Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (JAOCS) has released a special issue focused on the sources, quality, processing, modification and applications of plant and other alternative proteins. According to guest editors Janitha P.D. Wanasundara and Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista, "The papers presented in this special issue provide a snapshot of the research and information currently available in relation to the growing interest in plant proteins and alternative proteins, which is quickly becoming its own industry."

This special issue is the result of a fruitful collaboration between JAOCS and the AOCS Protein and Co-Products (PCP) Division. More than fifteen PCP Division members contributed to the 18 articles in this special issue.

Read 'JAOCS Special Issue: Satisfying protein demand with plant and alternative proteins: Sources, quality, processing, modifications and applications'


Achieving Your Goals by Helping Others Achieve Their Goals
James A. Kenar


Satisfying Protein Demand with Plant and Alternative Proteins
Janitha P.D. Wanasundara Ph.D., CFS Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista Ph.D.

Special Issue Articles

Protein Solubilization
Shridhar K. Sathe Valerie D. Zaffran Sahil Gupta Tengfei Li

Technoeconomic Prospects for Commercialization of Brassica (Cruciferous) Plant Proteins
Edmund Mupondwa Xue Li Janitha P. D. Wanasundara

Changes in Corn Protein Content During Storage and Their Relationship with Dry Grind Ethanol Production
Divya Ramchandran Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista Stephen P. Moose Kent D. Rausch Mike E. Tumbleson Vijay Singh

Grain Thin Stillage Protein Utilization: A Review
Kornsulee Ratanapariyanuch Youn Young Shim Daniel J. Wiens Martin J. T. Reaney

Rice‐Endosperm and Rice‐Bran Proteins: A Review
Mohammed K. W. Al‐Doury Navam S. Hettiarachchy Ronny Horax

Composition and Phosphorous Profile of High‐Protein Rice Flour and Broken Rice, and Effects of Further Dry and Wet Processing
Keshun Liu

Making Kafirin, the Sorghum Prolamin, into a Viable Alternative Protein Source
Janet Taylor John R. N. Taylor

Structural Characterization and Functional Properties of Proteins from Oat Milling Fractions
Mallory E. Walters Chibuike C. Udenigwe Apollinaire Tsopmo

Composition and Functional Properties of Saline‐Soluble Protein Concentrates Prepared from Four Common Dry Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista Nongnuch Sutivisedsak Roque L. Evangelista Huai N. Cheng Atanu Biswas

Stability and Bioavailability of Curcumin in Mixed Sodium Caseinate and Pea Protein Isolate Nanoemulsions
Manispuritha Yerramilli Natalie Longmore Supratim Ghosh

Application of Barley‐ and Lentil‐Protein Concentrates in the Production of Protein‐Enriched Doughnuts
Ewelina Eckert Wendy Wismer Kosala Waduthanthri Oksana Babii Jingqi Yang Lingyun Chen

Yogurt Fortification with Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) Flour: Physicochemical and Sensory Effects
Xi Chen Mukti Singh Kanika Bhargava Ranjith Ramanathan

Emerging Camelina Protein: Extraction, Modification, and Structural/Functional Characterization
Claire Boyle Lucy Hansen Chelsey Hinnenkamp Baraem P. Ismail

Plant RuBisCo: An Underutilized Protein for Food Applications
Elisa Di Stefano Dominic Agyei Emmanuel N. Njoku Chibuike C. Udenigwe

Canola Protein: A Promising Protein Source for Delivery, Adhesive, and Material Applications
Nandika Bandara Ali Akbari Yussef Esparza Jianping Wu

Preparation and Properties of Solution Cast Films From Pennycress Protein Isolate
Gordon W. Selling Mila Hojilla‐Evangelista William T. Hay Kelly D. Utt Gary D. Grose

Antioxidant Properties of Flaxseed Protein Hydrolysates: Influence of Hydrolytic Enzyme Concentration and Peptide Size
Ifeanyi D. Nwachukwu Rotimi E. Aluko

Remember - with your AOCS membership, you enjoy free access to all current and back issues of JAOCSLipids and Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD).  Just login to your account.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2017-2018 Olive Oil Sensory Recognized and Accredited Panels

AOCS would like to thank all of the panels that participated during the 2017-2018 Olive Oil Sensory Panel test. Several labs have been awarded for excellence in testing.

AOCS Recognized Panels
Panels that scored a low SPN score in the AOCS proficiency testing program in 2017–2018.
Congratulations to the winners:

Fabrica Torrejano, Riachos, Portugal J-Oil Mills, Inc., Kanagawa, Japan Multichrome Lab, Athens, Greece
NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Pompeian Inc., Maryland, USA
Sunset Olive Oil LLC, California, USA
Shozu Olive Research Institute, Kagawa, Japan

AOCS Accredited Panels
SPN score of 5 or less in the 2017–2018 proficiency program.
Must be an AOCS member in good standing and have a signed agreement that states all of the requirements for testing were met.

Sue Langstaff, Applied Sensory, California, USA
Dean Wilkinson/Patricia Darragh, California Olive Oil Council, California, USA
Emmanuel Salivaras, Multichrome Lab, Athens, Greece
Donna Seberry, NSW Department of Primary Industry, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Maria Garzon, Pompeian, Inc., Maryland, USA

Find out More

Friday, August 3, 2018

Explore the most popular AOCS content from 2018 — so far

It is hard to believe we are already halfway through 2018! As the end of the year approaches, we want to share with you some of our most popular content so far!

Top AOCS Premium Content Library resource
Most active inform|connect thread
Top meeting presentation download

Most downloaded 2018 Methods
Top content from Lipid Library (second time running!)
Most downloaded book chapter from the AOCS Press and Academic Press titles
Most viewed INFORM magazine article
Most popular INFORM SmartBrief item

Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS)
 Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD)

Share this valuable content below with your peers when you encourage them to join AOCS. Did you know that you will earn a US $10 Visa gift card for every new member you inspire to join? Tell your colleagues about the positive impact of your AOCS membership and let them know they can save more than US $60 on membership and gain access to current and archived issues of all AOCS journals as well as the AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect through the rest of the year.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fat Transitions in Ice Cream - #WebinarWednesday with AOCS Member Rich Hartel

Why is fat important in ice cream?

What is partial coalescence and what factors affect it?

How is the fat phase controlled to form large fat globule clusters?

Find out in this webinar with AOCS Member Rich Hartel.

Fat Transitions in Ice Cream
August 29, 2018
12:00 noon CDT

In this webinar, the mechanisms that underlie and the parameters that influence partial coalescence of fat globules in ice cream will be discussed, along with the ramifications of high or low partial coalescence on product quality. 

To meet the Standard of Identity, ice cream must contain at least 10% milk fat, with some premium products containing upwards of 16-18% fat. The small (1 µm) globules found in ice cream mix undergo changes during freezing, partially coalescing into large (50-100 µm) clusters of fat globules. The individual fat globules begin to share liquid oil under the intense shear forces within the freezer, but full coalescence is prevented by the network of fat crystals contained within each globule. To promote partial coalescence, it is necessary to weaken the fat/serum interface through addition of emulsifiers that displace the milk proteins. 

This webinar is organized by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group (YP-CIG). The YP-CIG aims to bridge the gap between new and established professionals in the fats and oils industry by providing opportunities for professional development, networking and AOCS leadership. 

About the speaker: 

Dr. Hartel had been a faculty member at UW-Madison for 32 years, conducting research on various phase transitions (sugars, ice, fats, etc.) and teaching numerous courses on food processing and engineering. He has considerable experience in physico-chemical aspects of fats and oils, including the mechanisms behind partial coalescence. Dr. Hartel is past Editor-in-Chief of JAOCS.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Canadian Lipid and Bioresource Conference

The AOCS Canadian Section and the entire organizing committee invite you to attend the Canadian Lipid & Bioresource Conference 2018 (CLBC 2018) held on September 9-11, 2018, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Attend to present, gain knowledge and make connections with fats and oils researchers and technologists from all over the world, including these AOCS members that have been primarily involved with organizing the conference:

  • Ziao Qiu, University of Saskatchewan, Conference chair
  • Gene Arganosa, University of Saskatchewan
  • Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan
  • Rakesh Kapoor, Bioriginal Food and Science Corporation
  • Suneru Perera, POS Biosciences
  • Mark Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Janitha Wanasundara, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Thushan Withana-Gamage, POS Bio-Sciences

Make plans today:

  • AOCS Members save on registration fees:
    • AOCS Members: $300
    • Non-AOCS Members: $400
    • Students: $150 

Wondering what the AOCS Canadian Section is all about? View the Section Leadership team.

Take advantage of this opportunity to grow your knowledge, grow your business connections and grow your career by attending this regional meeting in a prime location!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New AOCS title presents novel strategy for eliminating trans fats from the diet

Edible Oleogels, Structure and Health Implications, Second Edition presents emerging science on beta gels using natural triglycerides, ethylcellulose oleogels, and oleotropic liquid crystal, which could potentially be used as part of a novel strategy to eliminate trans fats by structuring oil to make it behave like crystalline fat. Edited by AOCS members Alejandro G. Marangoni and Nissim Garti, the book is an ideal resource for those in product development and anyone interested in understanding the role of trans and saturated fats in health and nutrition.

The complete book or individual chapters can be purchased in print or electronic formats on several platforms, including Science Direct. AOCS members save 30% off the list price when using their code.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Are you on the list of 2018 AOCS Member Recruiters?

On behalf of the AOCS Membership team, I thank everyone for their involvement on inform|connect and support of one another by answering questions and providing additional ideas for further thought. This vibrant community is comprised of members and non-members and it is wonderful to see the interaction and sharing of knowledge.

It is also inspiring to see how impactful our members are in encouraging one another to join AOCS! The long list of individuals below took the time to influence a colleague (or several colleagues) to join the Society, because these members, like many, appreciate the value of the connections that AOCS membership offers.

Do you have a colleague that would benefit from AOCS membership? So, help me make AOCS get FAT by inviting a colleague to AOCS today

Here are some of the details:

  • Active membership dues: US $120  (35% savings!) 
  • Offer good until 8/31/2018; Membership benefits go until 12/31/2018
  • Benefits: 
    • Online access to AOCS journals—all issues and articles every published!
    • Access to presentations from the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting
    • SAVINGS! On registration fees; Books; and more 
    • Connections--AOCS is a welcoming Society and we will become your Fats Family!

And it is a win-win. For each new Active member you recruit, you earn a $10 Gift Card.  

Thank you to our AOCS member community and the following member recruiters:

Josue Nunez Moya
Mumtaz Haider
George Smith
Doug Bibus
Eric Murphy
Kristin Kerberg
Helen Lew Ngo
Susan Raatz
Grant Mitchell
Louise Sim
Grant Mitchell
Rick Della Porta
Troy Graham
Eddie Baldwin
Mark Matlock
George Smith
Ben Hyde
George Smith
Steven Council
Richard Walton
Troy Graham
Dominic D'Amours
Kellan Finney
Pete Penkert
Julie Duchesne
Scott Bis
Krista Otting
Diliara Iassonova
Jill Winkler-Moser
Timothy P. Durrett
Jens Jacobsen
Jun Ogawa
Manuel Venegas
James LePage
Sue Witeof
Jun Ogawa
Fabien Schultz
Jiajia Rao
Chibuike Udenigwe
Taylor Laughlin
Supratim Ghosh

(Did we miss you? Let me know! This list is based on new members that joined between January 1 and July 22, 2018).

Janet S. Brown
Director, AOCS Membership
2710 S. Boulder Drive
Urbana, IL 61802-6996
+1 217-693-4897


GOED AOCS LPP Program Turns 10 Years Old!

In August 2008 a new Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) series dealing with nutraceutical oils was initiated by the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). The organizations launched a new analytical testing series in the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP), the “GOED EPA and DHA Oil Monograph Series,” which is designed to assess the proficiency of labs in measuring the most common aspects of the GOED Voluntary Monograph for EPA and DHA omega-3 oils.

At that time the AOCS LPP offered three marine products series; fishmeal, marine oils and marine oil FAC.   The marine oil and marine oil FAC series were designed for the commodity marine oil markets and for the most part offered samples of crude fish oils from different origins. These series have been quite popular within the LPP. Because of the rapid growth and interest in the long chain omega-3 market at that time, there was interest expressed in expanding the LPP to include a series targeted for the Nutritional Oils industry. The GOED Voluntary Monograph for omega 3 marine oils set a new quality standard in the industry for long-chain omega-3 oils when it was established and was helping contribute to the continued growth of the market. The series tests acid value, peroxide value, p-anisidine value, Totox number (calculated), and EPA and DHA content reported as mg/g.  It does not include the dioxin, furan and dioxin like PCB tests from the Voluntary Monograph nor the heavy metals lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium, since these tests are very specialized.  The GOED recommended method for determining EPA and DHA and the full GOED Voluntary Monograph can be downloaded at:

Currently there are six samples in the series, including a normal 30% EPA+DHA oil, a high DHA oil, a single cell oil, and 3 omega-3 TG concentrates, one of which might be in gelatin capsule form.

The AOCS utilizes participation in the LPP series as one of the requirements for the AOCS Approved Chemist Status. The GOED series is used by commercial laboratories as well as industry laboratories to improve their proficiency. Participation has included 30-40 laboratories from organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. One of the positive outcomes from the program is that initially only the GOED Monograph Method for EPA and DHA was recommended.  However, over the years there has been an improvement in proficiency among various methods so that now the GOED Monograph Companion Guidance Document also includes the USP 401, Ph. Eur 2.4.29 and AOCS Ce1i-07 methods.

Registration for the AOCS GOED LPP series is open until August 20, 2018.  You can access the subscription forms at

Friday, July 20, 2018

Two-minutes with Dr. Karen Murphy from the AOCS Australasian Section

In the June edition of the AAOCS newsletter, we interviewed Dr. Karen Murphy, Senior Lecturer and Accredited Practising Dietician in Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia. Karen obtained a PhD in nutritional biochemistry in Melbourne, before becoming an NHMRC Industry Research Fellow. With more than 50 research papers to her name thus far, her research explores potential cardiovascular effects and cognitive health benefits of dietary patterns, particularly the Mediterranean diet. Karen tells us about what she does with her spare time and time at home. What a busy life you lead Karen! Thanks for sharing.

A typical day for me includes ... 

Well if it is an 'Original Bootcamp' morning I'm up at 4:30 a.m., to train with 40 other recruits from 6–7 a.m. in rain hail or shine! Then on my bike and in to work to shower and start the day. Otherwise up at 6 a.m. to wrangle three kids (under 9!) out of bed, produce a restaurant-style buffet breakfast and nag them to get their bags packed and socks on. School drop off and on my bike into work to face the day. Then after sorting through emails, meeting PhD students, I focus on my research and coordinate the capstone research project course for 3rd year. Then, its home time to produce a feast for all and then off to bed by 8 p.m....yes 8 p.m.!

My favourite part of my job is ...

Mmmm...home time! Kidding. Reading the literature together with evaluating my own work to piece together the way nutrition works to improve health outcomes and the generation of new research ideas.
I love giving presentations to academics, the community, other health professionals and the general population. The satisfaction of presenting and translating nutrition and health messages into easily understandable terms is rewarding, particularly if people walk away from your talk learning just one new thing.

Away from work, I like to ... 

Be active! I love being fit and healthy; it is refreshing and so good for my body and mind. I really enjoy hiking and only earlier this month hiked Ben Lomond in Queenstown, NZ. I enjoy taking the kids on adventures with their bikes. I love Original Bootcamp North Adelaide and being outdoors. I enjoy good food and following Mediterranean diet principles, which include a glass or two of red wine.

If I could meet anyone, it would be ... 

Marie Curie, a strong and intelligent woman, just amazing what she did in her time.

When listening to the radio, I listen to...

I'm a flicker. I enjoy music so will flick stations until I find something I like!

Find out more about the AOCS Australasian Section: 

2019 Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship awarded to Zipei Zhang

Zipei Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the Biopolymers and Colloids Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the supervision of Professor D. Julian McClements. He is currently working on the development of novel excipient and delivery systems to enhance the performance of bioactive agents, such as nutraceuticals, enzymes and vitamins.

During his Ph.D. research, he has published over 40 original scientific papers and one book chapter with approximately 600 citations. He is also a co-inventor on United States Patent Application 20180055777, "Fabrication of acid self-corresponding hydrogel bead with adjustable microclimate pH."

Zipei Zhang will receive recognition and present an award lecture at the 2019 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on May 5–8, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Nominations for AOCS Awards are now open. Please visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

JAOCS article of the month: Wax fractions from whole sorghum kernels

Waxes obtained from animals, plants and insects are a complex mixture of fatty materials (hydrocarbons, long-chain fatty acids, ketones, alcohols, and wax esters) with many uses in food and nonfood industries. In this JAOCS article of the month, Robert Moreau and colleagues at the Eastern Regional Research Center (ARS-USDA), in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, examine the isolation and characterization of wax fractions obtained from whole sorghum kernels using various solvents (hexane, ethanol and methanol) and extraction conditions. JAOCS Editor-in-Chief James Kenar says he selected the paper because it "appears to be the first research to analyze and quantify the effect of temperature and solvent on wax extractions of whole sorghum kernel which similar to the physical properties of carnauba wax." The article, "Extraction of Surface Wax from Whole Grain Sorghum," is available for free download.

Remember - ALL JAOCS articles are free for AOCS Members!

New Certified Reference Material (CRM) for MON 87403 Maize now available

MON 87403 is a novel trait designed by Monsanto Company that confers increased ear biomass at an early reproductive phase (R1) compared to conventional maize. The MON 87403 CRM is available as 10 grams of 100% pure seed powder. Use of the CRM enables labs to effectively quantify the amount of MON 87403 maize in unknown samples. MON 87403 Maize is available for purchase from AOCS.

More Certified Reference Materials from AOCS -->

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BREAKING NEWS -GOED Continues to Work on EU Fish Oil Import Issue

July 10: Yesterday, GOED was made aware of a 6 July 2018 letter and accompanying materials sent by Sociedad Nacional de Pesqueria (SNP) to SANIPES, the National Fisheries Health Organization of Peru. The letter refutes the assertions made in DG SANTE’s letter reported to the GOED membership on 4 July 2018 and clarifies what SNP considers to be a misunderstanding of the way the industry functions. The letter closes by SNP asking to accompany a delegation from the Peruvian government to a meeting with DG SANTE.

In addition to the above mentioned letter, GOED learned today that both the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority are of the opinion that the EU Hygiene Regulations allow for the production of oil for human and non-human consumption on the same production line, provided production is separated by time and adequate cleaning procedures. Both agencies have requested a meeting with DG SANTE for further discussion. 

To date, DG SANTE has not responded to the 9 June 2018 letter from GOED, IFFO (the Marine Ingredients Organisation) and the Norwegian Seafood Federation (formerly known as FHL). This is the letter referred to in the 11 June 2018 GOED Current. GOED will continue to reach out to DG SANTE for a meeting and GOED encourages members who are affected by this situation to reach out to your government authorities to request clarification from DG Sante. GOED also reported on this issue in a Breaking News Alert on 22 May 2018.


Welcome to Dr. Suzanne Budge new associate editor for The Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS)!

Dr. Budge, of Dalhousie University, researches "within the broad field of marine lipids including the production and transfer of lipids through food webs, the use of stable carbon isotopic signatures of essential fatty acids as biomarkers, and the reaction kinetics of lipid oxidation in fish oils".

Find out more about JAOCS, browse or submit a manuscript at

*Remember* AOCS member receive free access - just login at and visit the member benefits section of your account.

Oil-Dri Corporation of America Seeking Senior Research Scientist

AOCS GOLD Corporate Member, Oil-Dri Corporation of America, is hiring!

Position Summary
The successful candidate performs a variety of research and development activities in technical areas related to oleo-chemistry and clay and organic molecular interactions.  He or she will be involved with high level interfacing with sales, manufacturing and customers.


  • Minimum of M.S. degree (Ph.D. highly preferred) in organic oleo-chemical science applications.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in applied oleo-chemical science involving organic molecular interactions; including synthesis, reactions, and characterization of organic materials instrumentation (i.e., working knowledge of instrumentation by HPLC, GC, MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, FTIR spectroscopy are a plus).
  • Broad experience and knowledge in Oleo-chemical transformations and organic chemistry as it is applied to commercial industry. Well versed with synthesis and characterization of oleo/organic chemicals.
  • Hands-on experience on spectroscopic, chromatography and other analytical instruments.
  • Travel required < 20%.

Find out more and apply for the position:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting poster competition winners!

The poster competition took place at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The winners’ work displayed innovative research that set them apart from their peers.

Edible Applications Technology Division
First Place Student: Ruojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA
Second Place Student: Dianhui Wu, North Dakota State University, USA

Health and Nutrition Division
Best Overall: Ryota Hosomi, Kansai University, Japan
First Place Student: Fabien Schultz, Technical University of Berlin, Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Second Place Student: Adriana V. Gaitán, Louisiana State University, USA
Third Place Student: Zipei Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
First Place Student: Junsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Protein and Co-Products Division

First Place Student: Aya Hamada, Nihon University, Japan
Second Place Student: Temitola O. Awosika, University of Manitoba, Canada
Third Place Student: Adam J. Franczyk, University of Manitoba, Canada

Surfactants and Detergents Division
First Place Student: Tomone Sasayama, Tohoku University, Japan

Friday, June 1, 2018

JAOCS and Lipids Joint Virtual Issue: Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (MCT)

JAOCS Editor-in-Chief Jim Kenar and Lipids Editor-in-Chief Eric Murphy have teamed up to compile a cross-disciplinary virtual issue featuring papers that focus on MCT-containing oils and their uses.

Visit to read these articles that discuss how MCT oils are used in food products  (JAOCS) and how MCT influence various metabolic pathways in mammals (Lipids).

These articles are open until July 31, 2018.

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Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (MCT) 

Triacylglycerols are the main constituents of vegetable oils and fats.  These molecules are esters that are formed between glycerol and three fatty acids.  The majority of vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, are composed of triacylglycerols that contain saturated long chain fatty acids (16-22 carbon atoms), monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.   However, some triacylglycerols are predominantly composed of saturated medium chain fatty acids (12-14 carbon atoms) and are designated medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT are abundant in palm kernel and coconut oils and, over the last few decades have become considered a source of healthy saturated oils as MCT are readily metabolized for quick energy and have interesting physiological functions.
This collection of papers from Lipids and the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS) are focused on MCT containing oils and there uses.  The papers highlighted within JAOCS demonstrate how MCT oils can be blended with other edible oils and modified for use in applications including edible films, confectionary products, margarines and spreads, or structured lipids for infant nutrition.  In contrast, the papers from Lipids demonstrate how MCT influence various metabolic pathways in mammals.  This ranges from the ability of saturated fatty acids to enhance n-3 fatty acid metabolism in animals fed a high fat diet to the role of palmitic acid on cardiomyocyte function.  The positive cardiovascular effect of MCT are detailed in a number of these papers and highlights emerging data demonstrating the mechanisms underlying the positive impact of MCT in human health.

JAOCS and Lipids Joint Virtual Issue: Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (MCT):