February 2021 Newsletter

LIFT Monthly Meeting

Longhorn IFT and Texas A&M Food Science Club are honored to present a group of panelists who will talk about the interview process for your dream job!

Date: 17 February, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 pm CST
Tips and tricks to land you a dream job

1. Kimberly Bretz- Food and Beverage executive recruiter at Miller resources
2. Ramon Santillan- Interview coach
3. Susan Hanold- HR Strategic Advisory Services
4. Kevin McCain- Food and Beverage Recruiter Search Stone Partners

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LIFT Member of the Month

Dr. Clay King

Longhorn IFT would like to thank Dr. Clay King for being an active member of the community and recognize him as the Member of the Month for his valuable contributions and involvement with the organization.
Congratulations Dr. King! 

Meet and Greet with Dr. King

About Himself
"I have really benefited from being involved with members of LIFT over the last 35 years. As a professor of Food Science at TWU, I've benefited from my involvement with many members of the Longhorn section of IFT, along with my many undergraduate and graduate students. My students were able to be involved in many ongoing and practical food development products. This allowed them to gain valuable experience in addition to making many contacts. Along with the many scholarships that were given to my students, and with the direct involvement by many with our food science program, our food program was successful. This not only benefited the students but also the food industry by having a fresh source of new and enthusiastic employees. As a result I feel like our food science program was very successful as a model of how academics and industry can work together to the benefit of all".

Favorite Food
"I really like cobblers such as blackberry and peach. Of course it's hard to beat a Texas Pecan pie. In addition a tasty pot roast is such a good Sunday meal and a good source of nutrients especially meat protein".

Why should you be a part of Longhorn IFT?
"It is the best way to meet and get to know others in the food industry. I have many friends that I have made over the 35 years I have been a member that I still keep up with. The sharing of many professional and social activities with these friends, I consider to be not only enjoyable but valuable. Thus being a member of LIFT results in professional involvement that is so valuable to building a food science career. The January meeting presented by the Bell flavors sensory scientist, is an example of how going to a LIFT meeting is viable to your professional development and knowledge".

Advice for New Members and New Professionals?
"I would recommend taking the extra effort to attend and participate even though these are challenging times do to covid-19. Obviously use of social media to communicate with others is helpful and keeps us involved. Hopefully in the near future we will be getting back to something close to normal but in the meantime we all need to make that extra effort to be engaging and active in our events".

Future of the Food Industry
"We can all look forward to being an active participant in the development of these innovative and improved food ingredients and products. I believe the use of healthy supplements by incorporating them into traditional food products will result in better quality and healthier new food product".

Company Name – NPIC

Contact Name - Alexandra Hauk
Contact Email -
Description  - SQF Specialist: Please see below.
End Date for the Posting – Until filled or April 2021

Job Description : SQF Specialist
Reports to
VP of Production
January 25, 2021
Summary/Objective: Prepare and update the company’s food safety and quality management system (FSQMS).  Develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.  Examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility and conformity with laws and regulations, including but not limited to federal, state, trade association, and audit-based certification systems.  Prepare and complete applications for export certificates through the USDA, and assist any departments who need help in matters regarding the export of products.  Assist the VP of Production in needed project preparations.  Manage Sanitation Department.
Essential Functions
  • Investigate root cause of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
  • Evaluate potential health hazards or damage that could occur from adulterated product
  • Participate in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
  • Recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other food safety and quality hazards.
  • Report accident investigation findings.
  • Conduct research to evaluate safety levels for products.
  • Maintain the Safefood 360 system
  • Manage our SQF certification and all that is associated with it
  • Train and update management concerning required SQF regulations and exercises
  • Manage routine audits:  SQF, USDA, customer, OSHA, GMP
  • Prepare all required documents and preparations for USDA export certifications
  • Manage and mitigate any export issues that may arise from customers or governments
  • Understand and apply regulations given from trade associations such as AAFCO
  • Control company documents (SOP’s, work instructions, etc) as a Document Control Regulator
  • Maintain the safety training matrix for all employees and review/recommend additional training as needed
  • Ensure that company products meet all regulations given by federal and state governments, customer specifications, and company specifications through work with management, QC, and R&D departments
  • Manage the internal audit team, with a focus on continuous improvement of the FSQMS and company as a whole
  • Manage OSHA requirements for Production:  PPE, Gap Analysis, Regulation compliance
  • Manage the sanitation department, including the sanitation workers, custodians, and laundry attendant
  • Manage the SQF Administrator, designating tasks and trainings as appropriate
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
If the Food Safety and Regulatory Manager is absent or unable to work, essential food safety functions should be covered by the Production Manager Assistant and the QC Manager. 
Must be SQF Practitioner and HACCP certified
Must by experienced in OSHA regulations (Manufacturing)
Must be competent in USDA export regulations
Must be familiar with AAFCO and state regulations for pet food
Must be detailed oriented
Must possess training abilities
Must demonstrate good time management skills
Must be able to effectively communicate well with coworkers and outside parties
Supervisory Responsibility
This position supervises from 2-8 employees.
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to food scents, some food allergens, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. 
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The employee is required climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours and days of work varied depending on shift and production demands.
Rarely depending on training needs.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in compliance, food science, or comparable studies required.  2-3 year’s experience in food manufacturing environment required. 
Preferred Education and Experience
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Work Authorization/Security Clearance 
Must be authorized to work in the US.
AAP/EEO Statement
NPIC is dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, genetic information or any other category protected by local, state, or federal law. 
We take affirmative action to assure that all employment decisions are based on individual merit, qualifications and capabilities as well as valid job requirements, and that equal employment opportunities are provided with regard to all personnel actions.
This job description has been approved by all levels of management:
Employee signature below constitutes employee's understanding of the requirements, essential functions and duties of the position.
Employee__________________________________ Date_____________

Company Name - Chike Nutrition 

Contact Info: 

phone: 1-800-929-9439, M-F 9AM-5PM Central
Urgently Hiring, Full-Time Position


  • Experience:
    • relevant, 2+ years (Preferred)
  • Education:
    • Bachelor's (Preferred)
  • Location:
    • Abilene, Texas (Required)
  • Language:
    • English (Required)

Full Job Description

Science Person - AKA Food Mixing Ninja
We’re a small nutrition & healthy lifestyle company looking for a LEADER to join our team in ABILENE, TX and help create a POSITIVE, FUN, HIGH ENERGY and HIGH OUTPUT work environment. Our company values RESPECT, WORK ETHIC, ATTENTION TO DETAIL and KINDNESS. Please apply if you’re looking for more out of your workday than being a cog in a wheel. Come and help us create the best tasting product line in Texas!
Looking for a Food Wizard
Please apply if you have experience as a Food Chemist, Food Product Development Specialist, Food Lab Technician, Sensory Scientist or expertise in Research & Development. Resumes will also be reviewed for those interested in beginning in this field with the educational background to support creating with us!

Reports To
This team member reports directly to the Partners and the small team they collaborate with.

Job Overview
Every member of the team is important. Each person is “hands on”, their expertise is respected and their input is welcomed and expected. Workplace challenges are a shared responsibility. Together we work to create amazing, great-tasting products for our customers. We build business on relationships both inside the facility and out. Success in your role involves keeping research & development of new products on track: flowing with new ideas, constantly creating new product mixes, running them around the factory for taste tests and feedback, listening, keeping the lab clean and running, troubleshooting testing equipment and taking steps to get it back online, giving input for product schedules, assigning and executing tasks in the food lab, setting goals with the team and communicating daily with the Partners.
Responsibilities and Duties
· Oversee lab
· Create a gazillion iterations of a product to make it the BEST it can be
· Conduct taste tests and gather feedback
· Take copious notes to maintain product development
· Work closely with Partners to maintain company culture and production goals

We will review resumes of those who have experience in one or more of the following:
· Food Chemistry
· Research & Development
· Lab Technician
· Willingness to learn
· Resumes will also be reviewed of those interested in beginning in this field with the proven background to support creating with us!
· Sense of humor or strange quirks are welcome to our team.
Interested? Submit resumes to:
Questions? Call 1-800-929-9439, M-F 9AM-5PM Central


         2020 - 2021 Longhorn IFT Officers   

Chair- Morgan Murphy

Past Chair - Chris Beninate

Chair Elect - Viviana Rushton

Secretary - Priyanka Mathur

Treasurer - Dick Metivier

Technical Program Chair - Nitin Joshi

Social Media Chair - Tercera Jones

Golf Day and Volunteer Chair - Madalyn Broussard

Young Professionals Co-Chair  - Erika Beck

Young Professionals Co-Chair - Andrea Roque

Supplier's Night Co-Chairs- Greg Hanks and Donna Henry 

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