Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sacramento Convention Center
11:45am - 1:00pm

Click here to register.
For NCIFT members, use discount code NCIFTSP18 for free attendance.

Speaker: Dr. Parastoo Yaghmaee - Vice President of Process Solutions and Validations at Ziel Process Solutions
"The Application of Electromagnetic Technologies in Disinfestation and Disinfection of Low Moisture Agricultural Products"

Food industry is always looking into new ways of processing that help with providing a safe food. Technologies and processes that pasteurize, sterilize or preserve high moisture food product have been utilized and discussed extensively, while low moisture food products were considered safe and not a concern. However, the increasing number of outbreaks due to Salmonella and Escherichia coli associated with low moisture food product and costly recalls have altered the view of regulators and food processors. It is becoming necessary to include a treatment step in the processing line of low moisture food product to address the risk of pathogens and ensure safety.
The presentation will talk about the currently used methods for microbial reduction and disinfestation of low moisture product. Then will focus on new approach of using electromagnetic technologies, radio frequency and microwave disinfection and disinfestation. The industrial application will be explained with examples and the associated hurdles and difficulties will be discussed.

Dr. Parastoo Yaghmaee
Dr. Parastoo Yaghmaee, Vice president of Process solutions and validations at Ziel Process Solutions, received her PhD in food science from University of British Columbia, Canada. She is a Certified Food Scientist, Thermal Process Specialist and recognized Process Authority with Almond Board of California.  She began her career as lecturer and researcher at the University of British Columbia working on encapsulation techniques using novel dehydration technologies.  She also held the position of senior scientist in EnWave corporation, working on vacuum microwave technology for dehydration of food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical product.  Later on Dr. Yaghmaee joined RF Biocidics where she developed Radio frequency processes for pasteurization of nuts and other low moisture product.  Her academic and industry credential also includes several peer review scientific publication, book chapter and patents (for NCIFT)


Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

UC Davis Conference Center

Speaker TBD

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

Poppy Ridge, Livermore, CA

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Pleasanton Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA


Student Run RMI Holiday Mixer
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

Please join us for the Student Run RMI Holiday Mixer at RMI Sensory and relax with your friends, food, and drinks.

There will also be an Ugly Sweater Contest and a prize will be given out to the winner.

Dessert will be potluck style, so bring your favorite dessert to share! (Food and drinks are provided.)

PRE-SALE PRICES have been extended to until the day before the event (12/7)

Link to sign up:

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

-Activities Commitee

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

YOU’RE INVITED to experience a magical evening at the beautiful Wente Vineyards. Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery and is recognized as one of California’s premier wineries.

The NCIFT Holiday Dinner will include world-class wines paired with amazing dinner entrées. Our featured guest speaker, the new President of IFT, will speak to us on the science of food and the future of our industry.
Event Details:
Date: Thursday, December 7th

Time: 5:30pm – Wine & Hors d’oeuvres, followed by Dinner, Dessert, Student Raffle*, and the Evening’s Guest Speaker

Speaker: Cindy Stewart – President of IFT

Topic: “The Science of Food – What Will the Next 75 Years Look Like and How Can We Positively Impact the Future?”

Place: Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, California
*Raffle: Students from UC Davis will be selling tickets for the Holiday Raffle to raise money for their student clubs. Please bring a prize for the Raffle!
Registration Information: 
Seating is limited to the first 120 attendees
Members $65, Students $40, Non-Members $75 if reservations and payments are made prior to November 20th. Any registrations placed after November 20th (if spots are still available) will be charged at $85, regardless of member status.
We’re looking forward to seeing you! Please RSVP and submit payment to Imelda Vasquez at or via phone at 650-802-0888.


Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Announcement for the 20th Annual SJIFT Scholarship Golf Classic!

Hi Fresno State Food Science Supporters!

We have to make a change in our venue due to an issue with the greens at Belmont Country Club. Unfortunately, Belmont will not be ready for our tournament, so we will be switching to a new venue  on a different date and time.

Our new venue will be one of the best golf clubs in the Fresno area, Copper River Country Club. Check out their website at  This is a private club, and we will have the course to ourselves. The new date is MONDAY NOVEMBER 6. Shotgun Start will be 11AM. They have graciously agreed to honor our pricing structure we had with Belmont, so no changes there. The typical Fresno weather on November 6th is 75F and Sunny!

Copper River is nestled against the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the north end of Fresno, California. It is a first class golf course and has a first class clubhouse and banquet facility.

Through this event, we have raised $143,000 over the past 19 years to use towards scholarships and other financial assistance in support of students in Food Science and related majors at California State University, Fresno. This is the major fund-raiser for the SJIFT.

Once again, we will have Roger Caldwell from Great Golf Events assist us with the tournament and to add some entertainment fun. We will have a $20,000 cash hole-in-one prize, as well as a Las Vegas Hole, putting contest before tee-off, closest to the pins, longest drive and most accurate drive contests, and the Ruiz "No-Wine-ing" hole where lousy players win a nice bottle of Fresno State wine!  

Your entry includes a box lunch, beverages on the course, two beer tickets and a great tri tip dinner and Fresno State Ice Cream after play. We will have plenty of beverages out on the course.

We have player sponsorships available at the “Scholarship”, “Semester”, “Eagle” or “Birdie” level, and we have many different levels of Non-Player Sponsorships to choose from. Sponsorships are the primary source of funds generated at this tournament.

If your company wants to be the major “Tournament Sponsor”, please call me and we can discuss the details!

Please see how to sign-up for our VIP package during online registration to buy mulligans and entry into the fund-raising holes. 

Thanks again for your past participation, and we look forward to seeing you at the Copper River Country Club on Monday, November 6th

Please also remember to bring a door prize to give out to participants during our after-dinner festivities!

Sign Up at

- Scott Nichols, SJIFT Golf Chair

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Almond Board of California
1150 9th St., #1500
Modesto, CA 95354

Click here for more information and to register (Free)

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