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News & Views Magazine

Edition 1, 2015

CLFP Presents Distinguished

Service Awards to Ilse and Barrett

The CLFP board of directors selected two exemplary

recipients for its 2015 Distinguished (DSA) awards - Bob

Ilse, formerly with Stanislaus Foods, and Dr. Diane Barrett

of UC Davis.

CLFP established its DSA program in 1972 to honor

individuals who have made outstanding contributions

to CLFP and the food processing industry at large. Since

1972, 47 individuals have been awarded CLFP's DSA,

including former chair who provided leadership for CLFP,

public officials who have supported CLFP and researchers

who have helped keep the industry on the cutting edge

of modern technology.

Bob Ilse

began his career in food processing as a

teenager, and in 1972 became the chief operating officer

of California Canners and Growers. In the early 1980s

Bob began a long partnership with Dino Cortopassi, who

had purchased the Cal-Can plant in Gilroy to form the

Gilroy Canning Company. Bob served as chief operating

officer of the San Tomo Group, the holding company that

owned and operated Stanislaus Food Products, Gilroy

Canning, and Sierra Quality Canners.

Bob’s final stop was in Modesto, where he was president

of Stanislaus Food Products from 1989 to 2002. Under

Bob’s leadership, Stanislaus evolved into a highly

respected player in the tomato canning industry. Bob

also was active in industry affairs, serving on the CLFP

board and several committees for many years. The board

chose to recognize his support and leadership by electing

him as chair in 1993.

Diane Barrett

began her career as an extension specialist

with UC Davis in 1992. An exceptional researcher, she

has authored or co-authored over 140 publications on a

wide range of topics. The quality of her research was

recognized by her UC Davis colleagues in 2003, when

she was awarded the Academic Federation Excellence in

Research Award.

Diane has worked on numerous projects in the fields

and processing plants to solve real problems facing the

industry. Some of her initiatives include:

• Evaluating new tomato varieties

• Examining the nutritional value of frozen and

processed fruits and vegetables

• Testing product quality characteristics and how

processing procedures can affect product quality

• Improving post-harvest handling techniques

During her career she has demonstrated exceptional

dedication and passion for solving problems that really

matter to CLFP members. Diane’s work has helped

this industry stay on the cutting edge of science and

technology, which helps processors produce high quality

products and compete in the global marketplace.

CLFP congratulates Bob and Diane on their DSA

awards and for a lifetime of service to the food

processing industry.

By Rob Neenan

CLFP President & ceo

Diane Barrett received CLFP's 2015 Distinguished

Service Award at CLFP's annual meeting.

Bob Ilse received CLFP's Distinguished Service

Award at the annual Food Processing Expo.