Bell Flavors & Fragrances announces Sensory & Consumer Science’s leadership role at IFT and recent conference presentations

Karen Graves, Senior Director of Sensory and Consumer Sciences at Bell Flavors & Fragrances, is the new chairperson for IFT’s Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division

Bell is pleased to announce this new role taken on by Karen Graves, effective on September 1st, 2021.

In this role, Karen will direct a leadership team to ensure proper planning, organizing, and implementation of activities aligned with the divisional strategic plan. Key activities include: content for IFT’s FIRST 2022 Conference, educational seminars and newsletters, and networking events designed for professionals and students.


“I am honored to be the Chair of the IFT Sensory and Consumer Science Division. IFT is an integral part of the food industry and I am proud to give back to the community.  It is exciting to collaborate with other leaders to enhance Sensory Consumer understanding,” says Karen.


Bell’s Sensory & Consumer Science Department shares insights at IFT’s FIRST 2021 Conference and Pangborn Sensory Symposium.

Karen presented at IFT’s FIRST 2021 Conference in a session called “Drawer of Mistakes”. The session featured a series of speakers who discussed technical mistakes made during their career as a Sensory and Consumer researcher that have turned into learning opportunities for others. Karen shared a mistake where confusing preparation instructions were used in a consumer in home use test.


She also presented in a sustainability workshop at the 2021 Pangborn Sensory Symposium. During this workshop, Karen talked about how the Sensory and Consumer Science department validates sustainable ingredients to use in Bell’s multitude of flavors, fragrances, and botanicals.


About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the beverage and food industry, as well as the household care and personal care industry. Bell‘s affiliated companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and Singapore give the company flexibility in the world market place and enable Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention.


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