Food Industry Conference Coming to Cal Poly Pomona

Food Industry Conference Coming to Cal Poly Pomona
The conference will be Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The College of Agriculture's Food Science & Technology program will host the 20th annual Southern California Food Industry Conference at Kellogg West Conference Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  

The Southern California Section of the Institute of Food Technologists' annual conference offers a unique collaboration of industry executives, suppliers, educators and students. The program will focus on emerging trends within the industry, including the proliferation of functional foods.

Several Cal Poly Pomona faculty members will be involved with the conference including Professor Marie Caudill, who will give a presentation titled “Nutrigenetics as a Potential Tool for Targeted Medical Nutrition Therapy.”

Along with the speakers and discussion panels, the day will be highlighted with a product development competition that addresses the epidemic of childhood obesity and how new California legislation is dealing with this important issue.

The conference is sponsored predominantly by Cargill Health & Food Technologies and The E.T. Horn Company. Cargill is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, health promoting ingredients for the food industry worldwide.

E.T. Horn is one of the nation's premier distributors of ingredients used in food products and is focused on providing formulation solutions, superior customer service, and technical expertise in the distribution of products from only the finest manufacturers.

“We are both ecstatic and honored to have two highly respected companies step in and support our premier event of the year,” says Human Nutrition & Food Science Professor Martin Sancho-Madriz, who is the event chairman. “Cargill will present on the growing functional food segment of beverages with the latest in soy protein science, while E.T. Horn will be demonstrating some functional food concepts such as delicious truffle chocolates.”

The day's agenda will be supplemented with various culinary tasting and entertainment including a presentation by Esencia Flamenco. The flamenco troupe, directed by Sarah Parra, is dedicated to promoting the art of this colorful cultural dance throughout the region.

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