September 9, 2015
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Welcome to the 2015-16 MN

IFT Events Year!

Newsletter Committee

As the State Fair wraps up, and the lake cabins vacate, it's time to welcome everyone to the 2015-16 MN IFT Events Year! Hopefully many of you had the chance to attend the summer's National IFT Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, or participate in many of the various events in Minnesota held throughout the summer!

For those of you that didn't receive the August email, everyone will now receive a newsletter monthly (News by the Bite), and periodic reminder emails for monthly dinner meetings and events. Also, if you have anything you'd like to share in the newsletter, please feel free to send the Newsletter Committee an email at 

We have many new exciting events and meetings planned this year, so keep an open eye for your monthly "News by the Bite". 

We hope everyone had a safe and happy summer, and hope to see many of you at the upcoming MN IFT events soon!

Kind regards,
Newsletter Committee

Ted Labuza was recently selected as a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee, and will serve until June of 2019. The Committee is charged with providing advice to the FDA on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition and other food-related issues of primary importance in the United States. Ted Labuza has been an active IFT member for over 50 years, and is a Professor at the University of Minnesota. Ted also received the 2015 Gilbert Leveille award from IFT for his outstanding research and monumental contributions to the field at this years Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA.  

September Dinner Meeting

Developing Private Brand Products from Concept to Store Shelf

Do not miss this exciting event sponsored by SUPERVALU! All monies collected for dinner will be donated to the Student Scholarship Fund. 

This event will feature free afternoon Dairy Education Seminars, tours of SUPERVALU's Automated Distribution Center, Chairs' Award, networking, and a presentation and dinner featuring SUPERVALU's own private brand products. 

Date and Schedule
Tuesday, September 22
1:00 - 5:00 Dairy Education Seminars, SUPERVALU Hopkins Distribution Center Tours, and Test Kitchen Tours
5:00 - 5:45 Networking
5:45 - 6:00 Chairs' Award
6:00 - 7:30 SUPERVALU Presentation and Dinner

The NEW SUPERVALU Private Brands Facility
300 Second Ave. S
Hopkins, Minnesota 55343

To register, please visit The registration deadline is September 17th, and is limited to the first 80 members. Register today!

Interested in becoming more involved with MN IFT? 

The New Professionals Committee is looking for YOUR help! We are looking for student and new professional volunteers to help plan events this year. 

Our events include:
Ice Cream 101
Professional Development Event
Group Volunteer Event(s)
Happy Hour(s)

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for a specific event, have an idea for a NEW event, or would just like to join our mailing list, please email Sarah Fahey ( 

NW AACC International Luncheon

Topic: "The Changing Food Industry: an opportunity or a headache?"

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center Room 102 AB

Time: October 28, 2015 (before MN IFT Supplier's Expo)

To register, or for more information, please visit 


Supplier's Expo

Call for Exhibitor Registration

The 41st Annual MN IFT Supplier's Expo is coming up this fall and exhibitor registration is open! Exhibitors can register here. Every year there are hundreds of suppliers of ingredients and services that attend this event. It is an excellent place to connect and help solve your food industry needs; take a look at the exhibitors registered so far here.


October 28, 2015
Expo Hours: 1:00-5:00 pm
Social Hour & Hors D'oeuvres: 3:30 pm

Minneapolis Convention Center (Ballrooms A & B)

Exhibitor Deadlines:
Discounted Registration Deadline: August 31
Advertising Deadline: September 15
Supplier's Expo: October 28

Bellisio Foods Open House


After you visit the IFT Suppliers Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center, please join Bellisio Foods in their new downtown Innovation Centre. Come to network, learn more about Bellisio Foods, meet the R&D team, and sample a variety of products. 

Date: Wednesday October 28, 2015

Time: 4:00-7:00pm (after Suppliers Expo)

Location: Bellisio Foods Innovation Center, 9 South 12th Street, 3rd Floor, Minneapolis. 

Cost: $5/person collected as a fundraiser. 100% of all proceeds will go to the RCA Foundation to help provide student scholarships. 

Registration: to pre-register for this event. 


Meet Your Ex Comm - Rusty Nelson


Rusty is currently the Product Development and Quality Assurance Manager at Private Brands, SUPERVALU, Inc., and is also serving as the Long Range Planning Chair for MN IFT. Rusty's current responsibilities at SUPERVALU include maintenance of current products in the following categories: Refrigerated Dairy, Center Store Box Dinners/Side Dishes, Can Goods and Beverages.

Rusty has been involved in the Food Industry since 1972 when he became a Junior Scientist at the University of Minnesota in the area of Meat Science, where he researched PSS/PSE in pork and Cold Shortening in Turkeys. Rusty then worked for Multifoods in their R&D division, primarily with meats. Since then he has worked for several ingredient supply companies, and also as a consultant, before he began his current position at SUPERVALU.

Rusty has been involved with IFT since 1972 when he began working at the University of Minnesota. He served as the Chair for the Minnesota Section of IFT in 1979, has served on countless committees, and has always been heavily involved with MN IFT activities. Rusty has remained active in IFT because of all it has given to him in his professional career, and hopes to help influence future generations of food scientists.


Call for 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 your interested in. Send your entry to Sharon Herzog at 

Food Facts Answers
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2. Toxoplasma gondii
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