Industry gathers for berry health symposium

06/29/2011 12:15:00 PM
Chris Koger

Tom BurfieldCat McKenzie (from left), marketing director for the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Robert Verloop, executive vice president of marketing for Naturipe Farms LLC, and Gary Stoner, professor of medicine and cancer researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, were among 175 people that attended the Berry Health Benefits Symposium in Westlake Village, Calif., June28.WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — More than 20 scientists from around the world shared their research and discussed the impact berries have on disease prevention during the Berry Health Benefits Symposium June 27-29.

In all, 175 health and wellness practitioners, food industry professionals, educators, members of the scientific community and consumers attended the fourth biennial symposium that included discussions on topics like cancer prevention, metabolism, gut and heart health, brain aging and compositional chemistry and biological effects.

The symposium was sponsored by all of the major U.S. berry organizations, said Cat McKenzie, marketing director for the Corvallis-based Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission and symposium administrator and conference coordinator.

“One of the things about the berry symposium that is important is that all of these groups have joined together to put this on,” she said.

This year’s event kicked off with a new day-long series of discussions designed for the layperson titled “What Berry Health Means for You.” Four sessions covered basic berry health terminology, health trends, marketing and food labeling.

The symposium is presented every two years by the National Berry Crops Initiative, which is a nationwide organization created to develop a strategic plan for the continued growth and sustainability of berry crop production in the U.S.



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robert lambe    
port ludlow, WA  |  June, 29, 2011 at 02:34 PM

Sorry, that I could not attend. I am a small berry producer and sell my berries locally at farmers market and the local food cooperative.. I am very interested in receiving acopy of the symposium, "What Berry Health Means for You" Thank you, Robert C. Lambe, PhD

Dominic Pelosi    
NEW YORK  |  June, 30, 2011 at 06:43 AM

Can you please sent the whole report? I am a category mananger for strawberries and i set up all ads for Food Emporiums stores located in NEW YORK CITY. Thank you Dominic

Marco Giotto    
Brazil  |  June, 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hello, Could you please sent to me the full Symposium report? I, included, would like to recive more informations about new meetings like this one in the future. I am a organic berries producer in Brazil. Thank you vey much for yor attention, Regards Marco Giotto

stephan dufresne    
Calgary Alberta  |  July, 01, 2011 at 05:29 PM

We are about to start to go strawberries indoor in the city Urban Farm can you please send me a copy of the of the whole report Hope to attenmd next symposium in two years if you will send me the info thanks Stephan

Heyward jablomei    
Scranton  |  July, 03, 2011 at 07:33 PM

Trying to contact Mr. Dufresne. Do you have email address? stephan dufresneReport Abuse Calgary Alberta | July, 01, 2011 at 05:29 PM We are about to start to go strawberries indoor in the city Urban Farm can you please send me a copy of the of the whole report Hope to attenmd next symposium in two years if you will send me the info thanks Stephan

Chris Koger    
Lenexa, Kan.  |  July, 05, 2011 at 09:02 AM

The Berry Symposium website, http://www.berryhealth.org/news.html, doesn't have links to the papers/research. The conference administrator is Cat McKenzie: 541-456-2264 or catmc@peak.org.

Cat McKenzie    
www.oregon-berries.com  |  July, 05, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I am so pleased to see such great interest in the information from the 2011 Berry Health Benefits Symposium! You can access the full pre proceedings with the abstracts from all talks plus the posters that were presented by going here http://www.berryhealth.org/news.html and scrolling down to the link for the 2011 conference. We hope to have some of the presentations from "What Berry Health Means for You!" available soon in the same location. Keep checking back.

Chris Koger    
July, 05, 2011 at 02:13 PM

Cat, Thanks for the information. Chris Koger News Editor The Packer ckoger@thepacker.com

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