Farm to Table Farm to Table July 2015 mixer Institute of Food Technologists Minnesota Section

MN IFT Section Announcements

Call for Dedicated Volunteers


Interested in making a difference in MN IFT and connecting with others in our food industry community? MN IFT is made up of several committees and are in need of your help in the next year to continue running smoothly.

Click here to download the form and inform us of the committee you're interested in. Send your entry to Sharon Herzog at sharon.herzog@grainmillers.com.

2014 Suppliers Expo Success



Thank you to this year’s volunteers, attendees and exhibitors for making the 40th annual Supplier’s Expo a huge success! A record number of attendees interacted with more than 275 exhibitors at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday October 28. Volunteers from the industry and the U of MN dedicated hundreds of hours to make the show meaningful to both exhibitors and attendees.


Booth space sold out this year, so mark your calendars for next year’s show on October 28, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Look for Registration details starting Summer 2015!

Thanks to all MN IFT members that volunteered to run for office, and to all members that voted! Your energy and dedication is what makes this chapter stand out.

The results of our 2015 election are as follows:

Chair Elect - Mary Schmidl

Administration and Documentation Chair - Cherie Jones

Membership Chair - Aimee Mortenson

Section Representatives:
Anup Kollanoor Johny
Wayne Scheck
Lisa Pannell

Great Plains Subsection:
Chair - Dr. K. Muthukumarappan, SDSU
Chair Elect - Lin Wei, SDSU

Thank you to all those who were willing to be a part of the Executive Committee and participated in this years election. We are still looking for people to help on our committees. If you're interested in networking and volunteering, please contact Cherie Jones at cherie.jones@kraftfoods.com. This is your opportunity to make an impact on our Section.

Wiedmann Wins 2015 Macy Award



Every year the IFT Minnesota section awards The Macy Award. The award, established in 1981, is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any two of the following: academic, government, and private industry. The purpose of the award is to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Harold Macy, former Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a Founding Member of IFT. The award consists of a plaque, $2,500 honorarium, and travel expenses.


This year, the Macy Award Committee will recognize Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Professor at Cornell University, with the Macy Award. Dr. Wiedmann is being recognized for research interests focus on farm-to-table food safety and the molecular biology and transmission of foodborne and zoonotic pathogens within food systems. He has had far reaching impact in a variety of food safety areas, but most prominently through research and outreach that has internationally accelerated the use of molecular biology and genomics tools in food microbiology and food safety. His research program is internationally recognized and his team has published over 270 peer reviewed publications, which have been cited more than 7,700 times with 14 of his publications have been cited more than 100 times. Dr. Wiedmann has also been invited to give over 200 presentations across the industry.


The March 17th meeting of the Minnesota Section IFT will be honoring Dr. Wiedmann as the 2015 winner of the Macy Award.


IFT15 - Please Consider Volunteering

Attending IFT15 in Chicago? Please stop by the Section Table at McCormick and learn more about the Minnesota section as well as other sections of IFT. Volunteering with your local section is a great way to expand your professional network and knowledge!

Are you already a member? Please consider volunteering at the Expo. Sign up for a time to man the booth below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KSSVcwdJ2WIdcOY90Bt6G3HuaV2FIuVT3896dfhYAp8/edit?usp=sharing
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Your Section – Section of Excellence!

We are pleased to announce that your section is being recognized as a 2014-2015 Section of Excellence! This recognition symbolizes the section’s commitment to IFT, section members, and the food science and technology profession. You are vibrant communities of dedicated professionals that embody the spirit of IFT. The events held throughout the year, exemplary volunteers, dedication to students, and excellence in leadership demonstrate ongoing devotion to ensuring that the sections will flourish for years to come.

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2014 STUDENT RECOGNITION NIGHT RECAP

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On April 28th, MN-IFT held their annual Student Recognition Night to honor outstanding students of the section. Scholarship awards were presented to students in the following categories; Undergraduate, Graduate, Travel, and the Elwood F. Caldwell Volunteer Service.

The evening also recognized the winners of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences State Competition Award Winners. Congratulations to all of the outstanding recipients!!

Click Here to view the winners.