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Inside IFT Part 1—Informational Highlights

Posted: July 25, 2007

The Institute of Food Technologists’ 2007 Expo (www.ift.org) will take place July 29–31 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, offering “The Best in Food Thinking.” The show floor will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors and a number of trends presentations, in addition to the event’s broad technical program.

Visit P&F at Booth 5432.

SFC Breakfast Meeting

Americans spend some $60 billion on snack food each year. Technical Product Inc. president Steven Witherly argues that because humans crave foods with high caloric density and high levels of salt, fat and sugar, it’s no wonder that Krispy Kreme Donuts, Doritos and Diet Vanilla Coke are so popular. (Witherly, for example, theorizes that Oreos’ success is due in large part to the cookie’s exploitation of organoleptic and mouthfeel contrasts—salty and sweet, light and dark, crunchy and creamy.) In his new book, Why Humans Like Junk Food, Witherly examines the “physiological basis for food pleasure and why these cravings occur.” In addition, he dissects food’s pleasure principles. During his speech at the Society of Flavor Chemists breakfast meeting, Witherly will detail 15 key food perception principles. The presentation will provide flavorists a better understanding of the physiological principles behind good food design. Monday, July 30; Hilton Chicago Hotel; 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL; www.flavorchemist.org

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