In Memoriam:
Professor Emeritus Elwood F. Caldwell
Professor Elwood Caldwell, the first department head of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota passed away on May 22, 2018.
A native of Canada, Elwood graduated from the University of Manitoba before going on to hold a quality assurance chemist position in flour milling, brewing, malting, vegetable oil processing and cookie and cracker baking in his home country. He then went on to receive his M.A. in food science and his Ph.D. in nutrition at the University of Toronto. After moving to Chicago to join the research and development team at Quaker Oats, he earned an M.B.A. in financial management at the University of Chicago followed by a second major in computer science.
Moving on from Chicago, Caldwell relocated to Minnesota to become the very first head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, which was created by merging three different departments: the Department of Food Science and Industries (College of Agriculture), Division of Foods (College of Home Economics) and the Division of Nutrition and Food Service Administration (College of Home Economics). He served in this capacity from 1972-1987, the longest-serving head of the department in its history.
While a member of the Chicago Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Elwood established the Tanner Lectureship, which is still thriving today and brings outstanding scientific speakers to the Section. With the Minnesota Section of IFT, he was responsible for the beginning and subsequent growth of Minnesota’s Suppliers Night with over 250 exhibitors. Elwood also chaired (and raised the initial funding for) the establishment of Minnesota’s Macy Award. Established in 1981, the award is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists in academic, government and private industry.
More information on arrangements will be shared when it is available.

Full Memoriam can be found here
June 2018
Food Science Trivia!

Trivia 1: Caviar is traditionally the roe of which fish?

A. Salmon
B. Sturgeon
C. Tuna
D. Carp

Trivia 2: Which is the study of wine?

A. Viticulture
B. Wineology
C. Oenology
D. Somology
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The section’s commitment to IFT, section members, and the food science and technology profession has been recognized and has been rewarded as the Section of Excellence for 2017-2018. 
The section will be recognized in the Section Leader Update newsletter and in the Hall of Honor at IFT18 Chicago.
MN IFT Strategic Leadership Planning Meeting

When: Thursday, August 16th
Where: Day Block Brewing Company Tap Room, 1105 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (parking available on the street or at Guthrie Ramp)

Tentative Schedule
  • 12:00 PM-12:15 PM Check-in
  • 12:15-1:00 PM Lunch & Introductions
  • 1:00-3:00 PM Strategic Section Goal Setting & Committee Action Planning
  • 3:00-4:00 PM Social Hour
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Interested in serving your Professional Scientific Society through the Minnesota Section of IFT? We welcome self-nominations but we cannot guarantee any appointments, as open slots are limited.  Most appointments are for one year.  Please see the section handbook at for more information on what each committee does to advance the profession.
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Global Food Forums will hold its 3rd annual Sweetener Systems Conference, October 23, 2018, at the Hyatt Lodge, McDonalds Campus, Oak Brook, Ill. USA. This technical program will provide insights and actionable information on hot topics related to sweeteners and sugar reduction.
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MN-IFT 2018 Golf Outing was a success!

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Food Science Trivia Answers

Trivia 1: B: Sturgeon
Trivia 2: C: Oenology

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