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UF Flavor Summit Returns in 2022

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — After a year’s postponement because of the Covid pandemic, the University of Florida is hosting the 2022 Flavor Summit – Industry Perspectives, February 22-24, 2022.  Industry professionals are invited to attend and learn about the science behind flavor. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center and the UF Center for Smell and Taste are once again co-hosting the event.

Scientists from around the world will come to the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida for the three-day summit.  Meetings will offer insights into the cutting-edge science and current industry trends relevant to flavor.

Yu Wang, a UF/IFAS associate professor of food science and human nutrition, said UF is bringing together global leaders in industry and science to teach and learn the latest about what makes food and drink taste great.

“We will pass this new knowledge along to our stakeholders, who include food and beverage companies, growers and other scientists so we can give consumers the tastiest and most aromatic foods and drinks on the market,” said Wang, a faculty member at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida, and a member at the Center for Smell and Taste.

The meetings will feature topics such as:

  • flavor generation and flavor precursors,
  • chemosensory perception and psychophysics,
  • consumer preferences, and
  • natural products as sources of novel flavor compounds

In addition to experts from industry, government and academic institutions speak on the topics, the workshop also will include posters and tabletop demonstrations.

The summit will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando. Early registration (which includes a reduced registration fee) ends Dec. 31. Participants may register up to the start of the conference although early registrations are appreciated.  Those interested in attending should click here.  For additional information, please visit the website at https://crec.ifas.ufl.edu/flavorsummit/

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The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.

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