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Meeting Highlights

Check out the highlights and learn more about what is new at the meeting.

New for 2014!

Fun Tour: Newport, Rhode Island - City by the Sea
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Located 45 minutes from Providence, Newport is home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and is considered to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. AACCI is offering bus transportation and a short driving city tour, plus time for shopping and lunch (on your own). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore this scenic city. This is a ticketed, fee tour, preregistration is required.

 Baking Industry Focus Special Sessions
Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. and 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Join your Milling & Baking Division colleagues as they delve into the Baking Industry hot topic areas of Baking Market Trends, Regulatory Influences on Baking Performance, and Technology for the Baker in Response to Regulations & Market Trends. Hear speakers from Yum Brands, Pizza Hut, Panera, and Pepperidge Farms in addition to other industries and numerous universities. Click here for a detailed list of presentations and speakers.

Continue the discussion from Monday morning at the Milling & Baking Division Lunch where Glenn Gaesser, Arizona State University will be keynote speaker addressing the topic Grains, Body Weight, and Health. Preregistration is required; this ticketed lunch is open to anyone.

Science + Education + Fun Tour: Savoring Federal Hill - An Insiders Culinary Tour
Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Science takes on a new twist as we offer an engaging, educational, and fun opportunity to explore grains, pasta products, and Italy during this unique walking tour of Federal Hill. Named by famed chef Mario Batali as one of the country’s “Top Five Little Italy’s,” Federal Hill has been the center of business and culture for Providence’s Italian population for more than a century. Professional Chef and Cookbook Author Cindy Salvato offers the “Savoring Federal Hill” tour through various retailers to meet the chefs, bakers and ravioli makers and gain tips on real Italian cooking. This is a ticketed, fee tour, preregistration is required.

Posters by Appointment
Looking for more one-on-one time with a poster author? Posters by Appointment allow meeting attendees to connect with poster authors, by use of the mobile app, to make appointments to meet and discuss poster content (in addition to the poster author time). More information will be available closer to the meeting.

Industry Boulevard
Join our exhibitors on Industry Boulevard (located in the Exhibit Hall) as they showcase advances in research and technology and offer solutions for equipment services and needs.


Premeeting Short Course: Chemometrics without Equations (or Hardly Any)
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Neal B. Gallagher, Eigenvector Research, Inc., U.S.A.
Fee: $40 (Pre-registration required)
This introductory course concentrates on two areas of chemometrics: (1) exploratory data analysis and pattern recognition and (2) regression. Participants learn to apply techniques such as Principal Component Analysis (PCA), SIMCA, Principal Component Regression (PCR) and Partial Least Squares regression (PLS). The most commonly used methods of outlier detection and data pretreatment with also be illustrated. An emphasis will be put on understanding the chemometric process without having to learn matrix algebra.

Premeeting C-Cell Workshop: Development of a Bakery Quality Score through Image Analysis
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Organizer: Steven Pike, Calibre Control International Ltd, United Kingdom
No Fee: (Pre-registration required)
Explore the development of bakery product scoring systems utilising key parameters measured by C-Cell.

New Time! Opening General Session Reception
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
New Time! Opening General Session and Awards Ceremony
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
A beverage reception kicks off the opening for the 2014 Annual Meeting, followed by the Opening General Session! Get updates on what your association is doing to further the advancement of grain science, help honor AACCI members who have made significant contributions to the field of grain science, and see who will receive the William F. Geddes Memorial Award.

New Time! Grand Opening Exhibition
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Network with colleagues and reconnect with friends while you visit with more than 120 of the industry’s leading suppliers during this casual and festive event. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.


Student Product Development Competition Presentations
Finalist Presentations: 9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
This one-of-a-kind competition highlights grain-based food product development skills and innovations from our up-and-coming scientists. The AACCI Student Division’s Product Development Competition (PDC) is an incredible way for students to put their ideas into action and compete for financial awards. Participants might even have a chance to cooperate with the food industry to bring their innovative products to market. Students, submit your new product ideas by June 2, 2014, for consideration! Visit www.aaccnet.org/PDC for full details. All meeting attendees are invited to watch the final presentations and encourage these new innovators!

Exhibits with Beer and Poster Viewing
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Student Poster Authors Present (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Poster Authors Present (odd-numbered posters 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
Grab a beer, iced tea, or lemonade and visit with industry suppliers at their exhibits, talk with poster authors, or learn more about AACCI’s innovations.


Lunch with the Exhibitors and Poster Viewing
12:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Poster Authors Present (even numbered posters 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Grab a complimentary lunch and continue the networking and education as you meet with industry suppliers and talk with poster authors.

Speed Mentoring Event
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
(Supported by the Professional Development Panel and the Education Division)
Through a series of quick exchanges with multiple contacts, you’ll have the chance to seek career and research guidance, hear about the experiences of others, and potentially find a long-term mentor/protégé match. Bring plenty of your business cards, and plan on making connections that could last a lifetime. Light appetizers and refreshments will be available. Please plan to join us for this complimentary event. Preregistration is required.


Closing General Session and AACCI Historical Happy Hour with Peter Shewry
4:15 – 6:00 p.m.
This year’s closing takes a look at the advances in cereal research from 1965 – 2014 in preparation for AACC International’s centennial celebration in 2015. This session will also include the following award presentations – Texture Technologies Quality Research Presentation Award for 2014, Best Student Research Paper Competition, and the Cecil F. Pinney Travel Award.

“The Last 50 Years in Cereal Research: Achievements and Challenges” - Peter Robert Shewry
Cereal researchers have benefitted from the same revolution in biology as other disciplines, driven by advances in technologies underpinning genomics and chemical analysis. These technologies have facilitated the generation of huge datasets which themselves pose challenges for interpretation and application. While they have had significant impacts in some aspects of cereal research, such as the application of molecular breeding and transgenesis to crop improvement, advances in other areas, notably aspects of crop quality, have been disappointing. Peter will focus on identifying both achievements over the past 50 years and challenges for the future. He will also acknowledge the legacy of the previous generation of cereal chemists, a number of whom he was fortunate to meet early in his own career. For more detailed information, click here.