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EP 30: PFAS, BVO and Heavy Metals, Oh My!, Social Media for Product Development, Shark Tank Primetime Tips



Learn from the brightest minds in food science and top innovators in the food industry in the October episodes of the Omnivore podcast. 

IFT’s Tracy Fink talks about risk management and best practices in mitigating chemical hazards, including PFAS, BVO, and heavy metals. Andrew Csicsila, partner and managing director for AlixPartners, shares his insights and advice on how food and beverage companies can use social media and AI to find white spaces for new product development. Ori Zohar, Shark Tank contestant and co-CEO of single-origin spice company Burlap & Barrel, dishes on takeaways from pitching on the show and how to make the most it if your company gets the producer’s call. Plus: Learn how to empower your business to reduce the negative impact of recalls with IFT’s Enterprise Traceability Education Suite, the new one-stop resource and only education solution designed to quickly help get your entire organization up to speed on key traceability concepts. 


EP 29: 2024 Consumer Trends, Chef Spike Mendelsohn on Good Eating, The Soil-Nutrition Connection



Learn from the brightest minds in food science and the industry insiders who bring the know-how in the February 2024 episodes of the Omnivore podcast. 

Trends expert Dr. Liz Sloan shares her take on some of the year’s biggest changes in consumer behavior and how they will play out in the marketplace. Chef Spike Mendelsohn discusses how he shifted his focus to food policy advocacy and planet-friendly eating. Plant nutrition researcher Robert Beelman talks about the undervalued connection between soil health and nutrition. Plus: Learn how to empower your business to reduce the negative impact of recalls with IFT’s Enterprise Traceability Education Suite, the new one-stop resource and only education solution designed to quickly help get your entire organization up to speed on key traceability concepts. 


EP 28: FDA Talks Traceability, Part 2, Achieving Gender Equity



In this episode of Omnivore, Food Technology’s editorial team serves up fresh new content with stories and interviews taken from the December 2023/January 2024 print issue. Angela Dodd, founder of Females in Food, shares her passion for the work of accelerating the careers of women in the food community. FDA’s Adam Friedlander and IFT’s Blake Harris serve up another exclusive extended segment on the agency’s final Food Traceability Rule, what tech-enabled traceability means and how to plan for it, and steps companies can take to prepare themselves and their supply chains for compliance, just two years away. 

Plus: Hear from our January episodes sponsor, iTi Tropicals, the leading supplier of tropical and exotic fruit juice concentrates and purees in North America. With products like passion fruit, guava, acerola, coconut water and more, the possibilities with iTi Tropicals are endless. View the full line of fruit purees, juices and juice concentrates or request a free sample at ititropicals.com. 


EP 27: What Consumers Want 2024, Reaching Net Zero, Blue Nalu’s Lou Cooperhouse on Innovation



In this episode of Omnivore, Food Technology’s editorial team serves up fresh new content with stories and interviews taken from the December 2023/January 2024 print issue. Darren Seifer offers a data-based analysis of what food and beverage companies should expect to see from consumers in 2024. Journalists Dale Buss and Kayt Sukel share their insights from reporting on the four-part net zero article series for Food Technology magazine. BlueNalu founder and CEO Lou Cooperhouse, who has been riding the wave of food industry innovation for more than 40 years, talks about why his latest venture will produce a sea change in the seafood category, for consumers and for the planet. 

 

Plus: Hear from our January episodes sponsor, iTi Tropicals, the leading supplier of tropical and exotic fruit juice concentrates and purees in North America. With products like passion fruit, guava, acerola, coconut water and more, the possibilities with iTi Tropicals are endless. View the full line of fruit purees, juices and juice concentrates or request a free sample at ititropicals.com. 


EP 24: IFT Appert Award Winner Fereidoon Shahidi on Food Waste; FDA on the Food Traceability Rule



This episode of Omnivore features all-new conversations on timely topics with leading food scientists and experts taken from the pages of the November 2023 issue of Food Technology magazine. Fereidoon Shahidi, professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and recipient of the 2023 IFT Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of Nicolas Appert, discusses the importance of fundamental research to solve food waste and improve health. FDA’s Adam Friedlander and IFT’s Blake Harris serve up an exclusive extended segment on the agency’s final Food Traceability Rule, its fundamental elements, and steps companies can take to prepare themselves and their supply chains for compliance, just two years away. 

Plus: Find out more about IFT’s new Product Development Bootcamp, a comprehensive, 10-module online course designed to equip food and beverage professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to elevate and accelerate product development. Learn more at www.ift.org/bootcamp. 


EP 22: Frank Yiannas on Netflix’s Poisoned, Bio-Derived Polymers in Packaging



Learn from the brightest minds in food science in the October episodes of the Omnivore podcast. For a few days in August, the Netflix film, “Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food,” became the most watched documentary in the world, and created a ripple effect of consumer anxiety and confusion about the safety of the U.S. food system. In this episode, Omnivore talks with one of the experts interviewed for the documentary, FDA’s former Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas, about what he thought of the final documentary and what he wishes had made the final cut. Also in this episode, packaging expert Claire Koelsch Sand discusses advances in the use of bioderived polymers in food and beverage packaging.  

Pl Plus: Find out more about IFT’s new Product Development Bootcamp, a comprehensive, 10-module online course designed to equip food and beverage professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to elevate and accelerate product development. Learn more at www.ift.org/bootcamp. 


EP 21: Disruption in the Backseat, Fighting Food Insecurity, Flavor Trends for 2024



Learn from the brightest minds in food science in the October episodes of the Omnivore podcast. Rabobank senior consumer foods analyst Tom Bailey talks about what’s ahead for the food industry as we move out of the “age of disruption.” International development consultant Donna Rosa discusses the role of food science in fighting food insecurity. Soumya Nair, global director of consumer research and insights for Kerry Group, shares some of the key drivers behind 2024’s top flavor trends. 

Plus: Find out more about IFT’s new Product Development Bootcamp, a comprehensive, 10-module online course designed to equip food and beverage professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to elevate and accelerate product development. Learn more at www.ift.org/bootcamp. 


EP 20: Coca-Cola’s Jason Richardson, Tasty Science, IFT FIRST Pitch Competition Winner



In this episode of Omnivore, our hosts interview food science thought leaders appearing in the pages of the September 2023 issue of Food Technology. Jason Richardson, PhD, is global director, quality and food safety, The Coca-Cola Company, talks about his mission to refresh and reframe food safety culture to advance future performance and company growth. Cornell University Associate Professor Dr. Robin Dando offers insights into his research into the science of taste, including a discussion of the impact of taste on metabolism. Paola Delgado, chief operating officer at Helaina and winner of the 2023 IFT FIRST Pitch Competition, discusses the company’s use of precision fermentation. 

Plus: Find out about Kalsec’s What’s Hot and What’s Not report, a free, comprehensive look at the hot and spicy favors trend with actionable insights into the development of hot and spicy creations. Visit Kalsec.com/HotOrNot to download the free report. 


EP 19: Josh Tetrick on Cultivated Meat, IFT Expo Ingredient Trends, Why Phenology Matters



In this episode of Omnivore, our hosts interview food science thought leaders appearing in the pages of the September 2023 issue of Food Technology. Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just, chats about all things cultivated meat, including the recent milestone sales and the challenges that still lie ahead. Get the scoop on the latest ingredient trends from the IFT FIRST show floor from FT editors Emily Little, Linda Milo Ohr and Julie Larson Bricher. AgTools CEO Martha Montoya discusses how phenology will help food producers navigate climate change. 

Plus: Find out about Kalsec’s What’s Hot and What’s Not report, a free, comprehensive look at the hot and spicy favors trend with actionable insights into the development of hot and spicy creations. Visit Kalsec.com/HotOrNot to download the free report. 


EP 18: Generational Marketing, FDA’s Food Traceability Rule, The ‘Skinny’ on Skinny Butcher



In this episode of Omnivore, our hosts interview food science thought leaders appearing in the pages of the August 2023 issue of Food Technology. Consumer trends expert Dr. Liz Sloan delves into the defining characteristics of key market segments ranging from youthful Generation Alpha to aging baby boomers and matures. IFT traceability experts Blake Harris and Sara Bratager provide insights into FDA’s final Food Traceability Rule and the need for speed in planning to meet the compliance deadline of January 20, 2026. Dave Zilko, CEO and cofounder of plant-based meat alternatives startup Skinny Butcher, chats about how the brand’s formulation, marketing, and to-market strategy help set it apart from its competitors. 

Plus: Find out more about IFT’s new Product Development Bootcamp, a comprehensive, 10-module online course designed to equip food and beverage professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to elevate and accelerate product development. Learn more at www.ift.org/bootcamp.