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What are we?

The Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC) is a not for profit organization devoted to the advancement of the field of flavor technology and related sciences by:

  1. encouraging the exchange of ideas and personal contacts and
  2. by sponsoring and conducting meetings, lectures and symposia.

Who are we?

Society members are primarily chemists and food scientists, but there are members from other backgrounds as well. Flavor chemists (also known as flavorists), develop flavors for a wide variety of food and pharmaceutical products, using creative and artistic talents along with various analytical tools including gas and liquid chromatography. To become a certified member of the society, the candidate must complete an approved seven year apprenticeship period as stipulated by our by-laws and then pass a review by the membership. Apprentice members must complete an approved five year apprenticeship period with a review. The greatest concentration of our members are located on the east coast (New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia) with the bulk of the remainder remainder in the midwest (Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati) and California.

Earl Merwin’s History of the Flavor Industry, circa 1995

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