The Changing Landscape in

the Food and Supplement Industry

March 4-5, 2021

This conference will be held virtually

The Southern California section of IFT presents its Annual Food Industry Conference. Join us as an attendee!

Southern California Food Industry Conference 

- A Brief History -

It was the summer of 1986 when several IFT leaders from Southern California and Northern California met at Chapman University to share a vision at the interface of academe-food industry education. Those leaders were Robert “Bob” Pearl from UC Davis, Walter Clark, Fred Caporaso and Lou Rockland from Chapman University, Wayne Bidlack from the University of Southern California, and Milo Nielsen and Roger Clemens from Carnation. Their vision was to increase education and collaboration directed to the future of the industry and enhancement of student career opportunities at this interface. The initial conference in 1987 was a 2-1/2-day program at Chapman University that engaged an audience of more than 300 individuals, obtained considerable industry sponsorship of breakout sessions, advanced student poster session competition, and attracted the IFT president. Over the course of 34 years (as of 2021), the Southern California Section of IFT continues this conference under the excellent, diverse and visionary leadership of the local section and continues to engage extraordinary domestic and international scientists and promising students from academe and industry.

Registration to the conference will give you access to the materials for 60 days

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Southern California

​Institute of Food Technologists

P.O. Box 3724, Orange, CA 92857


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SCFIC Co-chair

Lilian Were PhD

Professor of Food Science

Chapman University 


SCFIC Co-chair

Claudia Fajardo PhD

Emeritus Professor of Food Science CSUN  

Conference Committee Member

Rosalia Garcia Torres

​Assistant Professor of Food Science


Conference Committee Member

Rogers Clemens DrPH, CFS

University of Southern California

School of Pharmacy, International Center for Regulatory Science 






Website design

Robin Ong



This conference qualifies for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH). CFS Certificants may claim a maximum of 9.0 CH for their participation in this program.  For more information, please visit ift.org/certification or email ifscc@ift.org.

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This conference has been approved for 6.8 CPEUs .For more information,

please visit https://www.cdrnet.org/services-RDs-DTRs