Prepared Foods' R&D Applications Seminar Chicago
Is a practical 2 day "how to" applications-oriented event dedicated to further educating the food & beverage industry's formulators on specific application challenges.

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Prepared Foods is pleased to announce that a number of R&D Applications Seminar Chicago sessions meet RCA guidelines for acceptable continuing education for CRC and CS certification renewal purposes. Qualifying sessions are indicated with leaf
* 40 min presentations will be worth 1 credit hour and the App. Labs will be worth 1.5 credit hours.

RCA members - don’t miss this opportunity to learn while upping your portfolio of creations! Now you can attend R&D Applications Seminar Chicago sessions and receive CE contact hours towards RCACC recertification.


2015 Keynote Speakers

seiferConsumers Speak: “Give Us What We Always Eat...But Make It New!”
Speaker: Darren Seifer, Food & Beverage Industry Analyst, U.S., The NPD Group
In its 30+ years of continually tracking consumers’ eating behaviors, The NPD Group knows that people today eat many of the same things that we ate three decades ago, but each generation looks for new, modern twists on classic foods and beverages. Find out what’s remained steady versus the changes that could be upon us.


painterFood Psychology, Effecting Consumer Choice (The Truth About Fats And Sweets)
Speaker: Dr. James Painter, PhD, RD Professor and Chairman Eastern Illinois University, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Many factors influence consumer food choices. Many people focus on strict regimens that restrict certain nutrients. However, most people are not aware of their volume of food consumption. This lack of awareness may lead to over-consumption and/or avoidance of nutritious foods. An energetic motivational speaker, Dr. Painter will discuss what consumers think about different types of fats and carbohydrates; examine the truth about each; and discuss how consumers’ outlook on fats and carbohydrates will change in the future.

Topics and Highlights

  • Wide choice of over 40+ different technical sessions.
  • Copies of presentation papers
  • There are separate tracks each dedicated to a specific application [bakery, dairy, healthy ingredients, etc.] and to specific ingredients [healthy ingredients, starches, gums].
  • Questions answered on-site by experts.
  • Unique opportunity for your team to learn together.
  • Expert presenters in every session.
  • The industry's most comprehensive choice of application-oriented sessions.

Applications Lab Sessions

The interactive Applications Lab Sessions will feature the use of product samples to more effectively demonstrate an ingredient’s functionality, or its application in a finished consumer product or model system.

The Application Lab sessions are longer, more hands-on, interactive, in-depth and comprehensive than the traditional sessions. Tuesday morning is dedicated to just Application Lab Sessions.

Registering Early will help you attend your desired session.

Who Should Attend

The R&D Seminar was developed specifically to help further educate formulators from food/beverage, ingredient and service companies.Those who should attend include:

  • Bench-level R&D
  • Technical service
  • Middle R&D management
  • Product formulators
  • Quality Control
  • Application R&D

Educational Sessions

The schedule will feature up to 5 concurrent technical tracks. Each track will be devoted to a specific application challenge (beverage, baking, dairy, emerging ingredients, etc) or specific ingredient functionality (gums, starches, emerging ingredients, etc.).

2015 Venue

Crowne Plaza O’Hare
5440 N River Rd
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Toll Free: 1- 877-270-1393
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Special discount rate of $159.00 + tax per night. The cut off date for the discounted room reservations is July 13, 2015
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