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Full Course Description

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Define flavor and understand terms when talking with flavor suppliers and other industry professionals
  • Discover the typical composition of flavors and reactions
  • Demonstrate how to use flavors in the creation of better tasting food and beverage products
  • Recognize the basic regulatory framework governing the application of flavors in foods.

Course Modules:
What is flavor?
This module lists terms commonly used among flavorists and outlines various flavor material and sources from natural extracts to lipid oxidation to chemical synthesis. Explore the chemistry and physical make-up of volatile and non-volatile compounds, solvents and carriers. Learn about various forms, including solid, liquid, plated, encapsulated, solubility, and flavor enhancements.

How is flavor created?
Examine the steps in creating a flavor such as identifying the target and the nature of the delivery system, and other labeling criteria. Demonstrate what product/base considerations need to be made such as microbial and other safety issues, heat stability and hot spotting. Steps in developing the flavor are outlined including GRAS and natural ingredients, as well as examples of ingredients, i.e. terpenes and nitrogen and sulfur aromatics. Explore the creative art of flavors such as replacing source, creating anew, and characterization, differentiation and specialization.

How are flavors manufactured?

This module illustrates the effect of processing and how flavors are made in manufacturing, such as mixing, encapsulation and emulsification.

Sensory & Consumer Evaluation with Flavor Descriptive Language
Distinguish between the similarities and differences of sensory evaluation and consumer evaluation, and how both play a key role in application and ultimately in the food choices consumer make. Learn various methods of measurement and test design, along with how to interpret data and communicate in a common flavor language.

Why use flavors?
Discover the uses and applications of flavors in specific examples such as beverages, ice cream, salad dressing, soups, meats, seafoods and more. Explain the ingredients in the food and how they are processed and stored, as well as how the flavoring was made to meet these unique product requirements.

Flavor Laws & Regulations
Describe the various United States laws and regulations that govern the flavor industry and provides examples of how the laws and regulations are applied to the industry's flavors and to commercial food and beverage products. Learn the procedures by which flavor materials are reviewed as safe for use in food and beverage products, including the qualifications for GRAS.

Course Instructors:
Intended Audience(s):
Scientists new to the flavor industry, Product Developers, New Industry Professionals, Marketing & Sales Professionals, R&D, Applications Specialists, QA, Academics, Students, Consumer Affairs Personnel

Continuing Education Credits and Contact Hours:
  • The Flavor Interactions in Foods: A Primer Online Course = 6 CH
  • IFT's food science-related virtual events (webcasts) and online courses qualify for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH). CFS Certificants may claim 1 CH per hour of food science content. Click here for more information on CFS recertification requirements. 
  • IFT is a continuing professional education provider (IN141) with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' (AND) Commission on Dietetic Registration. Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians may claim 1 CPE per hour of learning.