Niagara Falls, Ont. – The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) held its 50th National Conference from May 27-29, 2012 with the theme Innovation Meets Commercialization.
The two-and-a-half-day event drew professionals from the food industry, government and academia from across Canada. The conference held a Poster Session, Student Challenge and several other networking events.
The technical and pre-conference sessions focused on how innovation meets commercialization by zeroing in on several questions such as:
• What new research and development is being conducted in North America and Canada specifically?
• What are some of the current challenges being faced?
• How does awareness of current market and consumer trends contribute?
The conference also offered an Expo, a showcase of product and service innovation. Here’s a brief look at some of the products that were there.
Mix it, stir it
Dynalon Labware showcased its Vortex Mixer. There was the MX-S and MX-F. Both units offer a compact design and sturdy cast casing. Both can accommodate various adapters such as tubes, microtitre plates, and Erlenmeyer flasks (250 mL). The MX-S offers a wide speed range from 0 to 2,500 rpm/minute. The MX-F offers a fixed speed at 2,500 rpm/minute.
The company also showcased its MS-H-S and MS-H-S10 Analog Hotplate Stirrers; its MS-H-Pro Digital Hotplate Stirrer; and its Analog Magnetic Stirrer.
Sprouted grains and seeds
Everspring Farms showcased its sprouted grains and seeds. The company’s offerings include offers flax, chia, salba, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, barley, wheat, spelt, hulless oats, and rice. All the products are available as powders, flours, whole seed and custom flour or powder blends.
The company explains that its grains and seeds are germinated for 30 to 48 hours and then stabilized and dried using a low-temperature drying process to preserve the enzymes and nutrient levels achieved through sprouting.
The company also offers Smartgrain Sprouted Flax & Chia Powders ingrained with omega-3 EPA/DHA. The company says Smartgrain uses the ancient practise of seed germination and sprouting, which takes this superfood to a whole new level of nutritional value and bioavailability.
Mother Murphy’s highlighted its wide range of natural, artificial, and natural & artificial butter flavours. The company says it offers a butter flavour for any palate, product or price. They come in natural, organic or synthetic, powders, liquid or encapsulated. The company also offers diacetyl-free butter flavours.
Sensory research services
ACCE International is a consumer sensory research company that evaluates product performance across all CPG categories. The company highlighted its services, which include expertise in sensory science, nutrition and statistics.
The company says it offers a series of ACCE systems combining scientific practice and extensive research. Those systems include:
• ACCE-IT, a proprietary software program that can help facilitate exemplary data quality, customizable research design and rapid return of results.
• ACCE-IQ, a normative standards database developed from 25 years of consumer research.
• ACCE-ID offers validated analytical techniques that can deliver accurate, reliable and consistent results.
• ACCE-OP provides a quality management system that can guarantee the smooth, accurate execution of research projects.