Gaine appointed interim director of the Sugar Association | Food sector news

Courtney Gaine, Ph.D., has been appointed Interim President and CEO of the Sugar Association.

WASHINGTON – Courtney Gaine, Ph.D., has been named interim president and CEO of the Sugar Association, the sugar industry’s leading lobby group, the organization’s board of directors announced on 13 January.

“The Sugar Association’s guiding principle has always been about making informed decisions based on sound scientific research and Courtney Gaine, with her strong credentials in food nutrition, reinforces this ongoing commitment,” said Brian O’Malley, President from the Association.

Ms. Gaine was previously the organization’s vice president of scientific affairs. Previously, she was Senior Director of Science Program at the North American branch of the International Institute of Life Sciences, a non-profit public science foundation that advances the understanding and application of quality-related science. nutrition and food security. She got her doctorate. in nutritional science and biochemistry and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut, where she was co-captain of the women’s basketball team in 1998-99.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Sugar Association and our members at such a critical time for the industry,” said Ms. Gaine. “In an age when misunderstandings about sugar are rife, there is both a great need and a great opportunity to educate consumers on the decades of scientific research involving sugar. Sugar has played a vital role in our food supply and has been for thousands of years. It is a fact that must be reinforced.

Ms Gaine replaces Andy Briscoe, who led the organization for 13 years and announced her departure on January 12.

“As we begin a new year, the time has come for me to start a new chapter,” Briscoe said in a note to industry members dated Jan. 12 and seen by Reuters, adding that he was stepping down to pursue “new opportunities.” Prior to the Sugar Association, he was director of public policy and vice-president of the Salt Institute.

Rachel J. Bradford