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372nd SFC Meeting

By: Mary Foster, SFC
Posted: January 5, 2009

The 372nd meeting of the Society of Flavor Chemists Inc. (SFC) included a presentation by Janet Scalese and staff of the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) regarding changes to Nonbeverage Tax Drawback Regulations and Procedures. TTB is in the process of changing the regulations and procedures for submitting nonbeverage formulas to obtain drawback of tax. The changes will involve a certification process by the manufacturer instead of the current approval process.

TTB's Nonbeverage Products Laboratory staff provided background on the regulatory changes covered the various ways to certify that a nonbeverage product is unfit for beverage purposes. They also lead a discussion of organoleptic analysis and provided a hands-on session to help industry members determine which products can be certified as unfit for beverage purposes. Changes to the regulations will significantly affect businesses using alcohol as a component of their flavor manufacture.

The Future of the Flavor Industry

The dinner speaker during the event was Charles Manley, vice president, science and technology (retired), Takasago International Corp. (USA), who spoke on the topic “Our Flavor Heritage gives us the Direction of the Future!”

Our flavor heritage, Manley explained, has been formed in the last 50 years or more by the swift current of advances in the areas of science, business/economics, and governmental laws and regulations. The advances in science have offered our profession the tools to improve our abilities to create better and safer flavors for a demanding food and beverage industry and for their customers to enjoy convenient and fine tasting products.

The changes in the business world have led to the consolidation of many industries including ours, allowing for the creation of "super-sized" flavor companies with global organizations. Yet, the free enterprise spirit of the United States has allowed the continual creation of new companies serving markets that are new, unique or too small for larger companies to service.