NCIFT Luncheon at California League of Food Processors

SPI Group attended the annual NCIFT luncheon at the California League of Food Processors Expo in Sacramento this week. The speaker was Dr. Hasler-Lewis, the Independent Director at Chiquita Brands International, Inc. and Executive Director-Robert Mondavi Institute at University of California, Davis. Dr. Hassler-Lewis spoke about the Top Food and Nutrition Trends of 2012; stating…
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IFT President at our local SCIFTS Meeting

Many thanks to Southern California IFT for a fabulous meeting on Wednesday. We had an opportunity to meet and talk with the current IFT Chair Dr. Roger Clemmons, IFT Chair-Elect Mr. John Ruff, and one of two 2012 candidate for Chair-Elect, Dr. Janet Collins. It was an exciting meeting! Dr. Clemmons spoke about Resveratrol, the…
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Happy Holidays from SPI Group!

As we prepare to say good-bye to 2011, all of us at SPI Group wish you a happy and healthy holiday! May 2012 be prosperous for all of us!

Oregon Section IFT December Dinner Meeting

The Oregon IFT dinner meeting on December 13th was quite a successful event – measured by the number of registered attendees (87 in total!), as well as the total amount of food and money raised for the Oregon Food Bank. The SPI Group contributed a large food & fruit basket for the raffle and canned…
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Research Chefs……Bridging Science and Art

Hanging out with research chefs means time to bridge science and art. After a three day visit with Solae’s Research Chef, Chef Simon Lusky, I now understand the true meaning of sweet and savory. He served chicken meat loaf (including chunks of corn, chilies and ground chicken) with chipotle sauce and sweetened sweet potatoes. Talk…
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Nu-Tek Salt: potassium chloride based salt replacer for sodium reduction

We’ve all heard and continue to hear the buzz about “lowering sodium”; but another issue that the medical community continues to report on is the need to boost potassium intake. In this great article from Reuters, a report from a massive international study (>200,000 people) found that stroke risk dipped as people’s reported potassium intake…
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NCIFT Holiday Meeting 2011 – featuring Blue Bottle Coffee

It was a full house at the NCIFT annual holiday event at Roundhill Country Club in Alamo last week. We were treated to a fabulous speaker from Blue Bottle Coffee company, who spoke about the company’s origins, sourcing coffee, delivering coffee at it’s peak flavor and why it takes 4 minutes to get a cup…
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Briess – Friend of the Environment

Once again, our friends at Briess are making headlines! This is the second time this year that Briess has been recognized by the Wisconsin business community – SPI is happy to be their partner! Briess Industries Inc. was recently presented the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award-Medium Size for leadership in environmental stewardship. The…
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Meat Myth Crushers

There are so many sources for information about how America’s food is produced! Unfortunately that includes some misinformation as well. In response to this, AMI has teamed up with the American Meat Science Association to launch a “Meat Myth Crushers” campaign; in an effort to connect people to modern food production – and also attempt…
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November is National Diabetes Month

What is the scoop on diabetes? Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a desperate situation: • Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. • Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults…
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