Southern California Food Industry Conference

SCIFTS did a great job putting together the 2012 Southern California Food Industry Conference “Hot topics: what everyone needs to know.” The conference covered topics such as social media and included a comprehensive presentation on Prop 65 (2 speakers!). We also enjoyed a luncheon talk by Dr. Roger Clemens, IFT president and concluded the day…
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NCIFT Student Industry Sponsor Night

The room was packed for the NCIFT Industry/Student sponsor night hosted at UC Davis! SPI Group has long supported this annual event, connecting Food Science students with industry members. As reported by the student representatives in the Food Tech Club and the Food Science Graduate Students Association, connecting with industry is one of their main…
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Saving the Orangutans – Palm oil and sustainability

SPI Group participated in the Southern California IFT Section’s dinner meeting held at the Black Gold Golf Course clubhouse in Yerba Buena on Wednesday,February 15th. The venue was beautiful and it was nice to be in the company of so many familiar as well as new SCIFT members! The event speaker was Mr. Maarten Goos,…
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February is American Heart Month

The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is chest pain or angina. Angina can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing, or painful feeling in your chest. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn. Angina is usually felt in the chest, but may also be felt in the shoulders,…
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What is Oyster Sauce??

Special thanks to Lee Kum Kee for a super authentic Chinese New Year celebration meal at the RCA Southwest Region event on Wednesday, February 1. Ms. Grace Chow and Chefs Fred and Jacki have the best spirit and customers rave about their products. Visit Lee Kum Kee’s website for recipes and a video by Martin…
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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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