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East Coast Meeting in Philadelphia, PA – Feb 16, 2023 11:30am-6:00pm EST

February 16, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 6:00 pm


460th Meeting of the Society of Flavor Chemists, Inc.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Science History Institute

315 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106



8:00 – 10:00 am            SFC Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 – 12:00 pm          SFC Board and Committee Chairs Meeting

11:00 – 12:00 pm           Meeting Registration

12:00 –   1:00 pm           Lunch


 Meeting Theme:  Flavors & History

1:00 –   1:30 pm         SFC Business Meeting – In person and via Zoom (zoom link below)

1:30 –   2:00 pm        CSA Presentation:  Thomas Lauzurica,  SVP Business Development, Berje

Thomas Lauzurica is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Berjé Inc. Tom has spent 18 years in the industry; all at Berjé. Starting his early years in a role designed to touch all aspects of the business; he spent multiple years in quality control, R&D and operations. It is his background in marketing that sets him in his current role today, but considers the non-traditional path and the skills developed from the core business functions of the F&F industry to be a unique advantage that he brings to the marketing world.

The History & Impact of Flavor Trends

The world of flavor is constantly evolving. As new ingredients enter the market, they immediately challenge our preconceptions of existing flavor profiles, enhancing or adding to flavors that were once stalwart and familiar. These innovations continue to build upon one another, creating ripple effects throughout the entire flavor industry, until they eventually snowball into overarching “flavor trends.” Flavor trends have the power to influence everything, from the adoption of new ingredients to the mainstream acceptance of previously-unknown flavor combinations. 


2:00 –   2:45 pm       George Southworth, Executive Director, & Christie Harman, Scientific Director, FEMA

Christie Harman is Scientific Director of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association and Senior Science and Policy Advisor to the FEMA Expert Panel.  Christie has over 20 years of experience overseeing FEMA’s various science and regulatory programs and ensuring the successful operation of the FEMA GRAS program.  She has authored numerous scientific publications on subjects including the proper use and labeling of flavorings, sensory testing guidance on flavorings with modifying properties, and the safety of flavoring ingredients. Ms. Harman received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

George M. Southworth is the new Executive Director of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA).  As Executive Director, George works with the FEMA Board of Governors, manages programming, strategic plan execution, membership and other operations.  Prior to FEMA, George spent a majority of his career working in trade associations with a focus on manufacturing, including the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  Mr. Southworth also spent 8 years in the corporate world working for the IBM Corporation.  Mr. Southworth started his career in Washington, DC, on Capitol Hill for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Mr. Southworth graduated from Clark University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Spanish.


Join this session to learn about the 110+ year old Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA).  Comprised of flavor manufacturers, flavor users, flavor ingredient suppliers and others, FEMA, the national association of the U.S. flavor industry, is the authoritative voice advancing the safe and responsible use of flavorings.  Discuss opportunities for FEMA to work closely with, and support, flavorists and their vital role.  Learn more about the long history of the association and its crucial relationship with regulatory agencies, scientific organizations and industry groups – all while fostering a global environment in which the flavor industry can create and innovate. 


2:45 –   3:00 pm       BREAK

3:00 – 4:30 pm          The Science History Institute Program – Partnership with the Society of Flavor Chemists

Welcome remarks  – Dr. David Cole, President and CEO

David Cole is the president and CEO of the Science History Institute. Before joining the Institute in May 2020, he served as the executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to his tenure at Hagley, Cole held positions as the vice president for advancement, communications, and public education of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as the director of strategic initiatives for the Harvard Art Museums of Harvard University.

Presentation:  “The Harmony of Taste from the 18th Century Perspective” by Sam Tharpe, SFC Library Chairperson

Sam Tharpe is a Principal Flavorist at McCormick & Company, Inc. based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He develops harmonized flavors for the beverage industry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SHI representing the Society of Flavor Chemists 

Welcome remarks  – Michelle DiMeo, Vice President of Collections and Programs; Arnold Thackray Director of the Othmer Library

                                                          SHI Staff Introductions

                                                          Jim Voelkel – Curator of Rare Books

                                                          Patrick H. Shea – Chief Curator of Archives and Manuscripts

                                                          David J. Caruso – Director, Center for Oral History

                                                          Grace Sharples Cooke – Director, Office of the President 

Legacy Project and launch of the  Sponsorship Program –  Sam Tharpe, Michelle DiMeo, Grace Sharples Cooke

Michelle DiMeo is the vice president of collections and programs and the Arnold Thackray Director of the Othmer Library at the Science History Institute. Prior to this, she served as Associate Library Director, Collections Development at the Hagley Museum and Library and as the Director of Digital Library Initiatives at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She is the author of Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister (2021) and has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Warwick, she received her PhD.



4:30 – 5:30 pm         Cocktail reception in the Overlook Lounge and museum tours with Christy Schneider, Senior Manager of Exhibition Projects and Programming.  (Please no cocktails in the museum area)



Meeting Registration:

Virtual Zoom registration LINK HERE

Online in-person registration will open soon.

Please go to EVENTBRITE to register.  

$100.00 Member / Non-member

$50.00 Retired/Emeritus/Student w/ID                                            

Deadline for online registration is February 10, 2023.

Meeting Venue:    Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Hotels:   Link for pdf list of nearby hotels within walking distance.  

Parking:   Link for pdf list of nearby parking facilities



February 16, 2023
11:30 am - 6:00 pm