Get Ready for TQM

By Christopher Melchert

The Snack Food Association’s “3rd Annual Wilbur A. Gould Total Quality Management Short Course for the Snack Food Industry,” will be held September 10-14, 2007, on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  
This four-day course, co-sponsored by the SFA, the Center for Innovative Food Technology and The Ohio State University, will provide an understanding of HOW snacks are manufactured, WHY quality is important, WHERE to emphasize quality control, WHAT instruments and methods can be used to measure quality, WHEN to make quality evaluations and WHO should take responsibility for ensuring quality.  
Named after Dr. Wilbur Gould, a former SFA food technologist and professor emeritus —The Ohio State University, the course combines classroom lectures from leading experts in food manufacturing and practical lab work in the Gould Pilot Plant in The Ohio State University’s Food Industry Center.  
The short course is designed for snack manufacturing personnel, including:
• Line production personnel and supervisors
• Quality assurance personnel
• Production management
• Suppliers researching the needs and production methods of their customers

This year’s course has been extended with new and in-depth topics that feature 18 guest speakers with 13 snack food equipment suppliers.  This year’s new topics are:
• FDA Food Laws and Regulations presented by the Food and Drug Administration
• International Issues in the Food Industry presented by the United States Codex Office
• Frying Oils and Maintenance of Quality presented by Cargill, Inc.
• Food Quality and Shelf Life presented by Cornell University
• Dehydrated Potato Flakes in the Snack Food Industry presented by Miles Willard Technology
• Snack Food Plant Tour of Wyandot, Inc. in Marion, Ohio
Attendees should make their room reservations now by calling the Fairfield Inn & Suite by Marriott at 614-267-1111 and mentioning “Snack Food Association.”  If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Melchert at 1-703-836-4500 ext. 211 or  
Please visit the SFA online at for a program brochure or information on other SFA programs and services.