INFORM magazine and INFORM SmartBrief contain articles on the latest scientific advancements, business developments, and critical issues affecting oils, fats, and related materials.

INFORM magazine

Published 10 times a year, INFORM magazine provides comprehensive reviews and original articles on such topics as:

  • new analytical methods and technologies
  • processing technologies that improve efficiency and sustainability
  • health and nutrition
  • formulation science
  • critical business issues
  • and many other topics

Each issue includes patent abstracts compiled by a registered US patent agent, journal references assembled by a team of experts in a variety of areas, and coverage of regulatory issues from around the globe.

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April 2023

Table of Contents

INFORM magazine April 2023 cover

The Wild West of edible oils
Buying avocado oil today does not guarantee the bottle contains a good quality oil or that a ‘pure oil’ is not actually a blend. This month’s cover story checks-in on the progress towards incorporating avocado oil in the CODEX Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) standard for named vegetable oils.

A historical perspective on analytical methods for detecting food adulteration
For as long as there has been mass-produced food, there have been nefarious players seeking to gain financial advantage by selling products that are adulterated with inferior ingredients. Learn about the tools analytical chemists use to stay one step ahead of them.

Introducing: AOCS’ Technical Services Department
Technical Services are a critical part of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. Staff and volunteers are responsible for maintaining multiple programs to assist our members with adhering to the established analysis methods and nomenclature while also maintaining their regulatory compliance.

Avoiding polyurethane with biobased foams
Polyurethane foams are difficult to recycle and require hazardous, isocyanate compounds for their formation. Read about researchers who are attempting to make biobased foams from lignin and vegetable oil.

Meet AOCS’s next president
A new president will be formally instated at the 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver next month. Get to know Grant Mitchell.


INFORM Smartbrief

INFORM SmartBrief is a companion product, published weekly to keep you up to date on developing regulations, research, technology, and more. This e-newsletter is aggregated by an INFORM magazine staff writer, who sorts through the barrage of oils- and fats-related notifications to bring you only the most relevant news.

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