Resident Course in Confectionery Technology (“Candy School”)
Ilan Weiss is a senior food scientist with SunOpta in Edina, Minn., where he conducts research and development on roasted snacks: sunflower seeds, soybeans and corn. That includes coming up with new products and processes. “Several of our snack items go into the school feeding program,” says Weiss. “This makes me feel good because our snacks are filled with protein, fiber and healthy fats. That really sets our products apart from other options in school programs.”
Why go to candy school? “I wanted to better understand what options we have for making different snacks. I was looking to see what concepts could be used in our product line.” Not only was the course a great refresher in carbohydrate chemistry, says Weiss, but he was able to make important contacts in many different industry sectors.