Friday, November 15, 2019

AOCS and JOCS sign Memorandum of Understanding at JOCS Headquarters

It's official! AOCS and JOCS signed the Memorandum of Understanding announced in October to mutually adopt selected official analytical methods and a Recommended Practice as joint JOCS/AOCS Methods. Scott Bloomer, Director, AOCS Technical Services, represented AOCS at the signing ceremony. Two joint AOCS-JOCS Methods and a Recommended Practice are now available in the AOCS store:
  • Method Ch 3a-19 allows users to determine the fatty acid occupying the 2-position in triglycerides.
  • Method Cd 29d-19 allows users to detect monochloropropanediol (MCPD) esters and glycidol esters (GEs) in edible oils. 
  • Recommended Practice Cd 29e-19 allows users to quantify MCPD esters and glycidol esters in fish oils. 
 Here are some photos from the ceremony!

Team members involved in this effort from left to right: 
  1. Yoshitaka Miyamae, Director, Technical and External Relations, Lion Corp.
  2. Kouichi Asakura, PhD, President of JOCS and Professor, Dept. Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
  3. Yukihiro Kaneko, JOCS Managing Director, Secretary General
  4. Scott Bloomer, Director, AOCS Technical Services
  5. Yusahi Endo, PhD, Professor, School of Science, Tokyo University of Technology and head of JOCS Methods Committee
  6. Kazuo Koyama, PhD, Senior Staff, Information, Recommendation and Public Relations Division, Food Safety Commission Secretariat Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
  7. Yomi Watanabe, PhD, Chief Research Scientist, Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
  8. Yusuke Hasegawa, Assistant Manager, Analysis & Assessment Group, Central Research Laboratory


Congrats to everyone involved in this effort!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Mentorship advice for young professionals

Guest post by Leann Barden, co-chair of the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group

Mentors are wonderful resources. I have had many mentors in my life and have found them in many different places — an aunt, my Girl Scout leader, teachers and graduate school professors, “big buddies” assigned through work, trusted managers, veteran colleagues I met in the food line at the AOCS President’s Welcome, and even a woman I met on an 8-hour Amtrak ride while moving from DC back to Massachusetts. At its core, mentorship is simply a relationship built on trust, typically between a less seasoned individual and a veteran one. Mentors are typically older than their mentees, but a mentor is really anyone who has more experience in an area you want to learn.

While everyone recognizes the value of mentorship, many of us struggle to establish strong mentor/mentee relationships. The title alone seems somewhat daunting — am I qualified to be someone’s mentor? How do I ask someone to be my mentor? Here are some tips, tricks, and questions to get you started — all based on my personal experiences — as well as some additional resources. Enjoy!

Finding a Mentor
Step 1: Talk to people. When you are at a networking event, try introducing yourself to people you have not yet met and ask them about their careers. If you are new to a company, set up “meet-and-greets” with people. You should ask your manager when you are first hired about people you should meet in order to better do your job, but you can also set up these meet-and-greets with literally anyone else you meet in the company, even if it is just someone with whom you struck up a great conversation while waiting in the cafeteria checkout line.

Step 2: Of these people you have now met, consider who you found both interesting and approachable (i.e., easy to talk to). Is it someone who recently got a promotion and might be able to give you advice on that process? Is it a more senior scientist who currently holds your dream job, and you want to know what experiences you need to one day hold that position yourself? Or is it someone who seems to be masterfully juggling work and family when you yourself are just starting a new life stage and feeling a bit frustrated? Of all the meet-and-greets you are having, you will inevitably find that a single meeting or two might suffice for answering your questions, but other people seem to offer great advice on numerous fronts, and you keep returning to them with questions. The latter are your mentors.

Step 3: Build a relationship. Mentors can help you best if they know who you are — what interests you; what scares you; what experiences you have had and still want to have; etc. They are also most likely to be invested in your development if they like you as an individual, which requires building a relationship. To respect your mentor’s time, try to meet for only 30–60 minutes at a time, generally speaking. I would say I have four close mentors right now. Two are from previous jobs, and we chat via phone or have lunch maybe 2–3 times per year, with a few short emails in between to keep the relationship going (“I got married! Here’s a picture from the wedding.” Or maybe, “I just talked to a direct report about XYZ, and it reminded me of that time you helped me with ABC.”). I currently work with the other two mentors, so we will do lunch or coffee on maybe a bimonthly cadence. I always come with a few questions for my mentor because that is the reason we are meeting, but I also take time to learn about their lives because (1) I care about their lives, and (2) you don’t want to just fire off question after question; that is bad for relationship building and makes for a tedious conversation. Recognize that this person is taking time from their busy schedule and be sure to thank him or her accordingly.

Questions to Get You Started

First couple of meetings:
1.    How did you get into your current role?
2.    Where else have you worked?
3.    Tell me about your family/hobbies/etc.

Subsequent meetings: I’m struggling with….
1.    Have you been in a similar situation?
2.    Can you recommend any resources?
3.    You work with closely with (my boss). Do you have any advice for managing up with him/her?

Learn more tips for a successful mentoring relationship, provided by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

A few additional resources:
1.    Mentoring Matters. Three Essential Elements of Success.
2.    Keys to Successful Mentoring Relationships.
3.    The National Marketing Partnership website.
4.    The Dos and Don’ts of Mentoring.
5.    A Guide to Understanding the Role of a Mentor (it’s different than coaching).

Monday, October 28, 2019

A lively EuroFed Lipid meeting in Seville, Spain

Janet Brown, Director, Membership, attended the 17th EuroFed Lipid Congress & Expo in Seville, Spain, last week. Here's her recap of the meeting!

The 17th EuroFed Lipid Congress & Expo recently concluded in Seville, Spain, and included many wonderful and enlightening conversations with AOCS members and other lipid-loving scientists. It was almost like a family reunion for me and other AOCS members in attendance.

AOCS Fellow Alejandro Marangoni received the Euro Fed Lipid Technology Award; he is only the second non-European to win this award. Notably, the first person to win this award was Eric Decker, current AOCS President. Eric won this award in 2018. Alejandro presented the award lecture, "The Nanoscale Structure of Fats and its Relationship to Functionality."

Alejandro Marangoni

Larodan, an AOCS Corporate Member, sponsored their 3rd Annual Fun Run. Even though we ran in the dark (the sun in Seville does not rise until 8:30 a.m. local time), Carl and Emma led our group down well-lit streets along the river, over the bridge, through a park, and back to the hotel. It was a perfect start to the morning.

 Larodan Fun Run Participants

The exhibit hall included nearly 30 companies, many of whom also exhibit at the AOCS Annual Meeting, so it was great to meet exhibit personal from Europe. Pictured below are Bruce Patsey, Oil-Dri Corp, and Kaustuv Bhattacharya, Dupont Nutrition Biosciences APS.

Oil-Dri, Bruce Patsey

There were many conversations and connections made between AOCS journal editorial board members. Representatives from the JAOCS editorial board included Yomi Watanabe, and Suzana Ferreira-Dias and Uwe Bornscheuer (pictured).

JAOCS Associate Editors

I also enjoyed meeting our two winners of the AOCS Euro Section Travel Grant, Sandra Beyer Gregersen (pictured with Eckhard Floter) and Beatriz Quintanila Casas.

AOCS Euro Section Travel Grant winner

I also spent time talking with members of the AOCS China Section. Many of these researchers will also be attending and presenting at the upcoming AOCS China Section Meeting in Guangzhou, China.

AOCS China Section

The new General Director of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, happens to also be the new Chair of the AOCS Asian Section. I sat down and chatted with him about Section activities and the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting. What a wonderful resource to have as the chair of this Section.

AOCS Asian Section Chair and General Director MPOB
The next meeting of the EuroFed Lipid is planned for 2021 in Leipzig, Germany. Thank you to the organizing committee for your wonderful job of hosting this meeting.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The benchmark in extracting oil seeds — HF P+LT's 1000 tpd screw press

HF launches its new biggest screw press for edible oils. The new press proceeds 1.000 tons canola or 850 tons per day of sunflower seeds.

HF's latest innovation on screw presses delivers comparable outstanding performance in residual oil like the existing models of SP280P and SP340P (reaching contents of 17–21% as a pre-press) while remaining a small footprint. It is the best option in the market for replacement with the intention of increasing the capacity or green fields with a minimum number of lines.

Meet them at EuroFedLipid, Sevilla, October 20–23, 2019, or contact them at

Monday, October 21, 2019

AOCS and Japan Oil Chemists’ Society expand access to valuable tools for verifying food authenticity and detecting contaminants

AOCS adopts well-tested JOCS Method for determining the 2-position fatty acid in triglycerides.

URBANA, Ill., USA, October 21, 2019 — The AOCS and Japan Oil Chemists’ Society (JOCS) approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to mutually adopt selected official analytical methods and a Recommended Practice as joint JOCS/AOCS Methods. Users of official AOCS Methods will have access to two JOCS Methods: one for determining the fatty acid occupying the 2-position in triglycerides and one for detecting monochloropropanediol (MCPD) esters and glycidol esters in edible oils. In addition, AOCS will adopt a Recommended Practice for quantifying MCPD esters and glycidol esters in fish oils. AOCS and JOCS plan to conduct a collaborative trial to develop the Recommended Practice into an official joint JOCS/AOCS Method. The MOU will be officially signed during a ceremony at the headquarters of the JOCS on November 15.

The well-tested JOCS “2-position fatty acid in triglycerides” Method is an improvement of both the ISO Method and current AOCS Method in that it uses a more specific enzyme. By partnering with JOCS, AOCS was able to adopt it without a new collaborative study. In return, JOCS will be able to adopt AOCS Methods. Moreover, the two organizations have agreed to participate in collaborative methods development (collaborative studies).

“Being able to determine the fatty acid occupying the 2-position in triglycerides with this method gives us a valuable tool in verifying food authenticity. It’s also valuable in delineating contributing factors to food functionality because the melting behavior, and thus mouthfeel and flavor release, of fats in food is affected by the positional distribution of the component fatty acids,” said Scott Bloomer, Director, AOCS Technical Services.

The MOU is the result of a collaborative process that started at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting; however, the professional connection that led to that collaboration began several years earlier. Bloomer met fellow AOCS member Dr. Yomi Watanabe (Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology) when they both volunteered as associate editors for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. They developed a professional rapport during their time as AOCS volunteers, often discussing their research after presentations at AOCS Annual Meetings.

After one of her presentations at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting, Watanabe mentioned she had an official JOCS Method for determining the fatty acid occupying the 2-position. Bloomer shared what he learned about Watanabe’s method with Mark Collison, editor of the 7th edition of the official AOCS Methods, who agreed her method was well developed and encouraged Bloomer to work with JOCS.

Bloomer started conversations with Watanabe and Professors Yasushi Endo (Chair, Committee of the Standard Methods of JOCS) and Kouichi Asakura (President of JOCS) about the two societies mutually adopting analytical methods. At the 2018 joint JOCS/AOCS meeting in Kobe, Japan, this group, as well as Drs. Kinuko Miyazaki and Koyama Kazuo from House Foods Group Inc., met to discuss the steps for a JOCS Method to become an official AOCS Method. During the following months, Bloomer worked with them to codify the JOCS Methods according to AOCS requirements.

“This story illustrates the value of AOCS meetings and the value of connections, and even friendships that are built, through working as a volunteer in AOCS,” Bloomer said.

If you are interested in participating in the collaborative study related to quantifying MCPD esters and glycidol esters in fish oils, contact Scott Bloomer at, +1 217-693-4830.

Media Contact: Dan Klen, Communication Specialist, +1 217-693-4829,

Friday, October 18, 2019

AOCS Euro Section supports presenters at the 2019 EuroFed Lipid Congress in Spain

The AOCS Euro Section, chaired by Ignace Debruyne, is supporting two travel grantees to the EuroFed Lipid Congress and Exhibit in Sevilla, Spain, 20–23 October 2019. The winners of the travel grant include Sandra Beyer Gregersen, Aarhus University, and Beatriz Quitanilla Casas, University of Barcelona.

In addition, the Euro Section is also supporting a keynote speaker. Longtime member and AOCS Fellow, Alejandro Marangoni, University of Guelph, is presenting a keynote Wednesday.

Many AOCS members have been very involved with the planning of this conference. Congratulations to AOCS members Hans Christian Holm, Euro Fed Lipid President, and Diego L. Garcia-Gonzalez, Congress Chairperson, for your leadership in putting together this congress.

Find additional AOCS members on the Scientific Committee when you visit to view the entire program.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Job openings at Kalsec

Kalsec Inc. is hiring! See below for brief descriptions of each position and follow the links to learn more, including how to apply.

Kalsec is an international leader in the development of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, natural colors, natural antioxidants, and advanced hop products for the manufactured food and beverage markets. 

  • Use expertise in chemistry to leverage identification, isolation and purification of new natural antioxidant products.
  • Development of new antioxidant products by working with customers, product director, and process development teams.
  • Application of extraction techniques for downstream processing to provide new value-added products and product forms.
  • Testing of lipid oxidation solutions for various food and beverage applications.
  • Continue to learn process chemistry and food science skills and participate on scale ups of new products and processes.

  • Identification and formulation of new systems for the antioxidant product line.
  • Development and testing of lipid oxidation solutions for various food and beverage applications.
  • Troubleshooting of lipid oxidation problems for both internal and external customers.
  • Validation of new raw materials and vendors.
  • Application of extraction techniques for downstream processing to provide new value-added products and product forms.
  • Application of extensive theoretical knowledge to identification of synergistic antioxidants, possible with flavor, and/or color systems. Gather, assess and report competitive and regulatory information.
  • Contribute to the Core product strategy at the direction of the Director of Applications & Sensory.
  • Stay current with internal and external technical and market developments.

ISF Kauffman Award Recipient Announced

The ISF Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Kauffman Award for 2020 is Dr. Richard Cantrill.

A well-deserved recipient, Dr. Cantrill was previously the Chief Science Officer and Technical Director for the AOCS, a position he held from 1996 to 2017. In addition to his current role as an independent consultant in food quality, he is a member of the USP Food Ingredient Expert Committee, a member of the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), President of MoniQA Association, and international representative on numerous standards organisations, including Codex Alimentarius and ISO Fats & Oils Committees. He has made valuable contributions to research with more than 100 referred publications and as an advisor on many lipid-related food quality projects.

The 2020 ISF Lectureship Series will be held in conjunction with the World Congress on Oils & Fats, 9-12 February 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The Kaufmann Memorial Lecture is given to honour the memory of the founder of the ISF, Hans P. Kaufmann, and to recognize his contributions to the science of fats and oils and to the development of international cooperation in the fats and oils community.

Dr. Cantrill will receive his award at the World Congress on Fats and Oils in Sydney in February 2020.

Find out more on the Kauffman Award, Richard Cantrill (pdf), and register to see Dr. Cantrill receive his award.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Botanic Innovations searching for candidates for new Senior Scientist

Botanic Innovations is searching for candidates for a newly created position: Senior Scientist. This position will be based at our corporate office in Spooner, WI, and interested candidates can contact Mark Mueller, Founder and CSO, at

Botanic Innovations: Job Description
Senior Scientist

Position Overview:
The Senior Scientist position is accountable for defining and documenting our supportive science and product technology. This role will also lead the formulation development process internally and in support of our Customer's needs. The role will support and initiate growth strategies across our product and ingredient portfolio, to build, evolve and deliver innovative offerings and go-to-market products. The role will collaborate across the company, reporting to the COO and Chief Science Officer as a member of the senior management team.

Position Primary Objectives:
  • Oversee the scientific functions for Botanic Innovations, including basic and applied research.
  • Develop innovative and differentiated new products, including blends.
  • Identify and apply industry trends and technological advances.
  • Lead the formulation process internally, and in collaboration with Botanic Innovations' customers. 
  • Bring forward fact-based recommendations to set the product development priorities and pipeline.
  • Manage the product portfolio and drive the processes for prioritization, development, claims support and launch.
  • Collaborate with the sales, marketing and operations teams to develop products that are executable and support our planned growth strategy, (including the product, supporting science and data, purpose/differentiation) that creates a high revenue branded, or co-branded sustainable growth business.)

Qualifications & Experience:
  • BS degree (Sciences Degrees minimum), MS preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in relevant roles and industries
  • Translates consumer and competitive data/insights into product solutions for customers
  • Deliver innovative products and presentations to earn business from current and prospective customers
  • Business plan development
  • Product development: concept ideation to launch
  • Product P&L management
  • Project management
  • Product & marketing claims: trials, testing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance
  • Partnership development
  • Demonstrated Leadership Attributes:
  • Integrity, ethics, humility & honesty
  • Thinks customer, and delivers
  • Servant leader
  • Accountable, results driven
  • Fact-based data drive decision making
  • Strong business judgement, cost management and financial acumen
  • Self-starter that thrives in a highly entrepreneurial, independent and distributed work-environment
  • Anticipates and prepares, including a real-time pulse on industry trends and the competitive landscape
  • Collaborative, highly effective at integrated product development and go to market execution
  • Excellent written and oral communication: vision, objectives, rationale, actions & deadline achievement

About Botanic Innovations
Botanic Innovations is a manufacturer/producer in natural (botanical) ingredients in several exciting business categories in a global marketplace, including human nutrition and food products and personal care/beauty applications. Our primary business employs the NatureFRESH Cold Press Process to produce specialty fruit, vegetable, and herb seed oils and nutri-powders.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

September AOCS #WebinarWednesdays

We hope you'll join us for these webinars this month! AOCS webinars are free and open to members and non-members. All registrants will receive a copy of the recording.

Overcoming the challenges in the production & utilization of plant protein isolates in food
September 4, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Nagul S. Naguleswaran, Senior Associate Scientist, Global Research & Technology Ingredion Incorporated, will review the challenges and opportunities associated with the production of selected plant protein isolates, with desired functional properties. Register here.

Process improvements for cost-efficient pre-treatment in edible oil refining
September 11, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Véronique Gibon, Science Manager at Desmet Ballestra Group (Belgium), R&D Department, will review the benefits of different improvements to chemical and physical refining, such as hydrodynamic cavitation and enzymatic degumming. Register here. 

Career paths for young scientists: presented by the AOCS Young Professional Group
September 18, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

A panel of four scientists from industry will share their stories of navigating the challenges and opportunities in management and technical career paths, including making the jump to consulting, to help you answer the question: "What comes next?" Register here.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Key pesticides found in fats and oils- ISO Ballot

A Committee Internal Ballot within ISO TC34/SC11 is being launched to ask members to provide a short list (e.g. the top 20-25) of pesticides most relevant in fats and oils. These should be pesticides that are more often found at levels higher than the national or international maximum permitted levels.

Interested parties should communicate with their national ISO representatives to provide guidance for their votes on this ballot by October 11, 2019. The the ballot contains the following two items:
Possible Answers
Can you list key/major pesticides found in fats and oils? (no more than 20-25)
Yes  *
Should SC11 produce a general guide on pesticide analysis in oils and fats either as a Technical Report (TR) or Technical Specification (TS)?

View the discussion post on inform|connect (login required).

The full text of the announcement is here:

Key pesticides found in fats and oils
ISO/TC 34/SC 11
CIB  (Committee Internal Ballot)

Start date
End date
Opened on
2019-08-10 00:05 

English title
Key pesticides found in fats and oils and request whether SC11 should develop a general guide on pesticide analysis in oils and fats.
At the TC34/SC11 sub-committee meeting held in Belfast, UK on 19-20 Sept 2018 it was decided that it is important to continue work on pesticides but in collaboration with CEN TC275. TC34/SC11 would therefore not specifically develop a Standard on the determination on pesticides in fats and oils.

The following resolution was taken:

Resolution 567/18

ISO/NWIP – Pesticide residues determination in oils and fats

1)           The committee asked BSI to approach CEN TC 275 WG3 to collaborate on the pesticide method [Completed 
Spring/Summer 2018].

2)           The committee agreed to initiate a ballot to compile a list of key compounds to be included in a list that will be provided to CEN.

FEDIOL and AFNOR have compiled lists of pesticides which can be found in the attached excel spreadsheet along with the combined pesticides list of the two, which totals a 101 pesticides.

Using the attached spreadsheet as a starting point, a Committee Internal Ballot is therefore being launched to ask members to provide a short list (e.g. the top 20-25) of pesticides most relevant in fats and oils. These should be pesticides that are more often found at levels higher than the national or international maximum permitted levels.  Results from this ballot will be fed through to CEN/TC275/WG3 for consideration and comment.

It is widely known that the analysis of pesticide residues in food and feed (including fats and oils) is complex, specialised and outside the scope of routine oils and fats analysts.  In addition to the above ballot committee members are asked to give their views on the possible future SC11 production of a general guide on pesticide analysis in oils and fats.  This could be either a Technical Report (TR) or Technical Specification (TS) and would cover:
  • A summary of methods available for the analysis of pesticide residues in fats/oils
  • Sample preparation for fats and oils
  • Guidance to inform analysts how to proceed if the residues required are not listed in the method
  • Laboratory requirements

Scott Bloomer, Ph.D.
Director, Technical Services
American Oil Chemists' Society
2710 Boulder Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: +1-217-693-4830

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nanjing Zhong, inaugural AOCS Young Scientist to Watch, published in JAOCS

In the August issue of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS), we are recognizing a recipient of the new AOCS initiative, "Young Scientists to Watch." The initiative is directed at scientists in the early stages of their career (younger than 36 years old or have earned their highest degree within the last 10 years) who are conducting transformative research in the area of fats, oils, oilseed proteins, and related materials. The recognition is given to feature scientists whose research has significantly advanced scientific understanding within their discipline or holds substantial promise for such an impact in the near future.

The “Young Scientists to Watch” recipients will be highlighted on the JAOCS Wiley Online Library as part of an online special collection. In addition, researchers with published manuscripts will be given priority to present at upcoming AOCS Annual Meetings. 

The first recipient of this initiative is Dr. Nanjing Zhong of the School of Food Science, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Zhongshan, China. Dr. Zhong's research area is enzymatic modification of lipids. Read the article and be sure to congratulate Dr. Zhong.

Do you have outstanding research that you think should be considered for this recognition? 

If you are a Young Scientist and would like your work featured as part of this new series, please email with an outline of your article, which will be reviewed by members of the Editorial Board. If your proposed article is considered positively by the Editorial Board you will be invited to submit your article to the JAOCS, which will then undergo the standard peer review process.

If you have any questions, please let me know.