Long Island IFT Dinner Meetings

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Long Island IFT Dinner Meeting

Monday, January 28, 2019

Introduction to Opportunities within the Cannabis Market
for the Food & Flavor Scientist

By Scott Riefler, VP Science for Tarukino LLC

Date:          Monday, January 28, 2019
Time:         
6:00 pm cash bar, networking       |  7:00 pm Dinner        |  7:45 pm Speaker
Venue:      The Inn at New Hyde Park, 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Reservations:     Contact Carol Zamojcin at 516-352-5772, anytime before Friday, January 25.
Fee:                       With reservation – $40         At the Door – $50


With evolving regulatory status and ever growing social acceptance, the cannabis sector is exploding. As the cannabis market expands beyond medical and into recreational markets, it is attracting a wide range of first time users. Many of these new consumers are seeing a smoke-free experience. This is fueling a disproportionally high growth rates within the edible sector. The edible segment is moving quickly beyond the brownies of the 60’s and 70’s into mainstream food and beverage platforms, with a keen focus on the sensory and culinary experience. This presents significant opportunities for food and flavor scientists. We will start with a detailed review of the (US and global) market size, growth rates, demographics and drivers for the edible market. This will be followed by an overview of the cannabis extracts of interest (CBD, THC, Terpenes, etc.) focusing on those used within edibles: their nature roles and functionality. Then we will discuss unmet needs, opportunities specific to food and science and related challenges within the edible space.

Mr. Scott Riefler is currently Vice President of Science for Tarukino LLC, a leader of innovation, materials development and edible product forms within the cannabis space. Mr. Riefler joined Tarukino in June 2017, where he and his team developed a key water-born platform for cannabinoid oils for the edible industry. Previously he was a member of TIC Gums leadership team, a privately help producer of hydrocolloid (gum) systems for the food, nutraceutical and industrial markets. During his tenure at TIC Gums, he led the company through significant growth cycles and related challenges. Mr. Riefler joined TIC in 2000 after spending twenty years in the aerospace industry with industry leader, American Cyanamid/Cytee Industries, serving the aircraft industry with structural adhesives and advanced composite systems.  After his role of Global Technical Director, he became involved in mergers and acquisitions, assisting industry consolidation. He has spent the past 20 years translating his experience and applying it to food system innovation, literally bringing rocket science into the kitchen!

Join the Long Island IFT Dinner Meeting on January 28 to learn about this timely and pertinent topic. 


To make a reservation contact Carol Zamojcin at 516-352-5772. When calling, please leave your name, company name, email address, and phone number.


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