St. Paul, MN (August 26, 2009)—Grain scientists from 30 countries will gather September 13–16, 2009, during the Annual Meeting of AACC International at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. During this four-day period, hundreds of grain scientists will gather to exchange scientific information and ideas in this time of changing food supplies and agricultural challenges. AACC International, a leader in gathering and distributing scientific and technical information in the grain science industry, provides the annual meeting as an opportunity to dissect and discuss what grain scientists have been working on throughout the year.
The 2009 AACC International Annual Meeting features an outstanding program with industry leaders presenting on topics, such as foods for better health, the role of grain-based foods in the prevention of childhood obesity, breeding and bioconversion of plants for sustainability, nonfood uses of plant-based materials, biofuel from maize, replacing gluten functionality, and much more.
Some highlights of the 2009 AACC International Annual Meeting include:
• USDA Research Funding Opportunities. National program leaders from USDA will provide an update on the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants program that began this year, as well as other grant opportunities. Tuesday, September 15
• Third-Party and Customer Audits: A Current Perspective for Stakeholders Forum. AACC International will be among the first associations to tackle the complex and highly specialized area of third-party and customer audits in the food processing industry from a variety of important disciplines and areas of expertise. Media will receive complimentary registration to the Tuesday sessions only. Tuesday, September 15
• Replacing Gluten Functionality. Approximately 1% of the world population suffers from autoimmune response to gluten peptides known as celiac disease, but the demand for gluten-free products is greater than that population share as people opt for the “gluten-free” label for various other medical and nonmedical reasons. Learn about biochemical basis of celiac disease, methods to detect allergenic peptides, understanding of functional requirements of various leavened products, and developments to replace gluten functionality. Tuesday, September 15
• The Role of Grain-Based Foods in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity. Childhood obesity is a multifactorial disease with severe implications for the future health and well-being of school-aged children. Consumer, behavioral techniques, and product development approaches will be addressed within the context of the child’s current environment. Wednesday, September 16
• Reuse/Recycle Water Opportunities and Challenges in the Food/Bio-Processing Industry Using Membrane Technology: Is This Myth or Reality? This year’s keynote speaker, H. S. Muralidhara of Cargill, Inc., will discuss how the food processing industry can address the importance of recycle/reuse of water in the food processing industry. Water availability is arguably the most pressing resource in the world, so this important session is not to be missed. Wednesday, September 16
Media receive complimentary registration to the meeting. Download the online registration form at http://meeting.aaccnet.org/reghotel/pdfs/RegistrationForm.pdf, fax it to AACC International Headquarters, and note “complimentary media registration” on the form. AACC International is an organization of professionals who contribute to the research, development, and processing of grains and grain-based products. For more information on the AACC International Annual Meeting, visit http://meeting.aaccnet.org.