Monday, June 1, 2020

PCP Division Round Table Recap

Last week, the Proteins and Co-Products Division Round Table held its first ever Virtual Round Table & Happy Hour. Over 30 attendees, including students and members from industry, government, and universities, joined from all over the world, including Argentina, Canada and the USA.

Phil Kerr, the current AOCS Vice President and Deland Myers, a past AOCS President, were both in attendance. The representation of the PCP leadership in the AOCS leadership was a genuine point of pride for the Division.

In terms of Division business, Chibuike Udenigwe started the meeting by thanking the outgoing leadership and honoring the 2020 PCP Award Winners, including Keshun Liu, and the Best Paper Award Winners. Lamia L’Hocine then discussed the results of the PCP Division survey regarding the 2021 Annual Meeting Technical Program. The committee had a robust discussion that vetted topics, considered potential missing topics and which topics deserved serious consideration.

The topics discussed included protein biofunctions (allergenicity, bioactivities, anti-microbial and anti-viral functions), emerging sources of protein (high protein content, nutritional quality, health promoting properties, allergenic risks, by-product utilization, processing and applications); application of advanced, novel and clean-tech processing for the preparation and utilization of plant proteins for foods (including bioprocessing). 

Other topics included non-food applications of proteins (pet foods, aquafeed, animal feed and bio-products); protein-based hydrocolloids for food and biomaterial applications; the functionality of proteins in food and the interaction with other food components (protein-carbohydrate, protein-lipid, etc.); and emerging edible applications of food proteins (e.g. plant-based meat, edible packaging materials, etc.). 

Finally, there was a call for volunteers for Session Chairs, Award Evaluators, Webinar Moderators, Mentors and more. If interested, please contact Chairperson Chibuike Udenigwe at

All in all, it was a wonderful meeting with lots of laughs and well wishes.

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