Margaret Lawson Honored by IFT

Margaret Lawson, Vice President of Science and Innovation, D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc., has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Calvert L. Willey Distinguished Service Award by the Institute of Food Technologists, a not-for-profit international society with 22,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions.

The Calvert L. Willey Award is given yearly to honor an individual who has provided continuing, meritorious and imaginative service to IFT. The award was first presented to Calvert L. Willey, then Executive Director of IFT, in 1987 and initiated on the 50th Anniversary of IFT in 1989. The award will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, IL on July 17, 2010, and includes a $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from IFT.

From her earliest involvement as a student member, Margaret Lawson has been an IFT leader, serving as IFT President (2005–2006) and volunteering for numerous roles on National, Division, and Section levels. She has been a global ambassador for IFT, meeting with food scientists in Japan, Cuba, China, Uruguay and Mexico to strengthen IFT’s alliances with food science organizations in these countries. During her IFT presidency, Lawson focused on making IFT a global source of sound science and encouraged a diversity of voices within the organization. Lawson’s wide range of experience and her enthusiasm for the field of food science has made her a dynamic communicator and a champion of the profession worldwide.

IFT recognizes the many accomplishments that individuals and organizations have made to advance the food science industry and to help ensure safe, affordable, and nutritious foods to the world. To honor these individuals and organizations, the IFT Awards Program was created. This program grants awards, fellowships, and prizes for outstanding accomplishments in all areas of food science and technology, administering 14 Achievement Awards, the Marcel Loncin Research Prize, and the IFT Fellows program. A complete list of Award Winners can be found on the IFT Web site at

About IFT

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit scientific society. Our individual members are professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT’s mission is to advance the science of food, and our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply, contributing to healthier people everywhere.

For more than 70 years, the IFT has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow. We champion the use of sound science across the food value chain through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education, and by furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

About D.D. Williamson

Color with Confidence! D.D. Williamson’s wide array of natural coloring, along with its sought after caramel color, helps sell 1.5 billion servings every day. DDW improves the allure of foods and beverages through visual appeal. A trusted and recognized provider of color solutions, the company operates ten manufacturing sites on five continents with its global headquarters located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The world leader in caramel color offers a broad spectrum of natural coloring, including colorMaker™ custom blends. Together we can create alluring products. For more information, please visit

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