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January 19, 2023 West Coast Meeting


459th Meeting of the Society of Flavor Chemists, Inc.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort

2085 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802

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: Supply Chain Management for the Flavorist

The day to day work of flavorists has been significantly impacted because of the on-going issues with global supply chains. The increasing cost and limited availability of flavor materials has led to the need for flavorists to reformulate without changing the organoleptic quality of flavorings. The line-up of speakers at the West Coast Meeting will help explain the causes of supply chain issues, how to avoid them, and what we can expect in the future. In addition, reformulation strategies to deal with them when they arise will be presented.

1:00 – 1:45 pm CSA Presentation: Bill Bower, Director of Purchasing, Vigon

Managing Supply Chain Volatility of the Free Market
Bill Bower is the Director of Purchasing at Vigon International. His role with Vigon allows direct sourcing experience with over 5000 flavor and fragrance raw materials. He takes a free-market approach and diversification strategy to risk-mitigate shortages and oversupply during market changes. He also has 10 years of regulatory and food safety experience which offers unique insight on shifting global markets as regulation requirements continue to progress.

1:45 – 2:30 pm Richard Pisano Jr, President of Citrus & Allied
Citrus & Essential Oils Supply Chain Update
Richard Pisano Jr is the President of Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd, a leading global supplier of processed essential oils and related flavor and fragrance ingredients that has been owned and managed by his family for 89 years. Richard has served on the Board and has been President of the Flavor Extraact Manufacturers Association (FEMA), Chemical Sources Association (CSA), National Association of Flavors and Food Ingredients Systems (NAFFS), as well as served on the boards of International Fragrance Association of North America and International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI). In 2018, he was awarded the Richard Hall Distinguished Service Award for his service to the US Flavor Industry. Richard is passionate about flavor ingredients, essential oils, and the issues regarding their safety.

2:30 – 2:45 pm BREAK

2:45 – 3:30 pm Paul Ricciardi, Principal Flavorist, Campbell Soup Company

Formulating to Avoid Supply Chain Volatility
Paul Ricciardi is the principal flavorist at the Campbell Soup Company. He manages all flavor activities for the meals and beverage business, both internally and with external vendors. Before Cambell, Ricciardi spent 20 years in the flavor industry working for much of that time with Firmenich and International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF). Ricciardi is also a past president of the Society of Flavor Chemists.

3:30 – 3:45 pm Q&A

4:00 – 4:30 pm SFC Business Meeting

4:30 – 5:30 pm Happy Hour Reception


Meeting Registration: Online registration open now.

Please click HERE to register.
$80.00 Member / Non-member
$40.00 Retired/Emeritus/Student w/ID
Deadline for online registration is January 13, 2023.

SFC Business Meeting:  

Business meeting zoom link

Meeting ID: 772 984 6892

Passcode: 2BHzj0


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort                                                                       

2085 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802

The rate is $159/night for single or double, $179 for triple and $199 for quad.

Here is the room reservation link: Society of Flavor Chemists Courtesy Room Block

Room block expires December 28th.

Call hotel directly at 714-750-3000 or Hilton reservations website HERE.

Parking: $25/day self-park