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Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores Receives IDFA Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing

Aug 10, 2009


Cara Tharp
(217) 356-5146, ext. 141

(Champaign, Ill. - August 10, 2009) The American Dairy Science Association is proud to announce Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores as the 2009 recipient of the International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing. The award was presented on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Montreal, QC, Canada.

The IDFA Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing was created to recognize individuals whose research findings have allowed dairy foods processors to develop new products and to make a significant improvement in the quality, safety or processing efficiency of dairy foods. The winner must have conducted research at public or private institutions, and his or her research findings must have clearly and significantly benefited the dairy foods processing industry in its ability to manufacture products with higher quality or safety (chemical and/or microbiological), increased processing efficiencies or have led to innovative product development with a measurable impact on the market. The adoption of the findings must affect a significant portion of manufactured dairy foods. Particular attention is paid to the long?term importance of the research application.

Rafael Jiménez-Flores is a professor in the Dairy Science Department at California Polytechnic State University. Before joining California Polytechnic in 1995, Jiménez?Flores served on the faculty of the University of Illinois in the Department of Food Science and Technology. He has published close to 80 peer?reviewed journal articles and co-authored 10 book chapters. Rafael Jiménez?Flores received his Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California at Davis, his M.S. degree in food science from Cornell University and his B.S. degree in pharmaceutical chemistry and food science from La Salle University in Mexico City, Mexico.

He is also the 2003 recipient of the prestigious ADSA Kraft/Milk Industry Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and IDFA present Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores with the 2009 International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing.

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, DC, represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry, and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive and health requirements of the world's population. Together, ADSA members have discovered new methods and technologies that have revolutionized the dairy industry.

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