Take class on Exploring Flavors With Food on Saturday at UH Maui College

Mike Abrams of Flavor Waves Inc. will teach a class on the subject of flavor on Saturday at University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului. -- CHRIS SPEERE photo

The Maui Food Innovation Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College is doing something flavorful.

It’s offering a lecture on Exploring Flavors With Food with a talk by Mike Abrams and Teresa Carden of Flavor Waves Inc, who have more than a half a century of flavoring and extract expertise combined.

The lecture will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Laulima Building, room No. 106 on the college campus in Kahului. Cost is $89 per person. To register, you may go online to www. maui.hawaii.edu/edventure or visit the Food Innovation Center’s Site Coordinator Chris Speere in person the day of the class. For more details, call 984-3231.

Now based on Maui, Flavor Waves Inc. was founded in 1996 to help specialty beverage and food producers formulate peak flavor taste to ensure brand success. Carden is a senior flavor chemist with Abram’s partner-firm Frutarom Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has over 20 years creating custom-liquid and dry-powder flavorings. 

The workshop will educate those in Maui’s food and beverage industry about many aspects of today’s modern business and how to best formulate and incorporate flavorings into a wide variety of Hawaiian-made foods and beverages that keep being invented here.

Abrams and Carden have also worked out an exciting way to source Hawaiian grown agriculture for extracting into natural flavorings for our state’s benefits. Some of these flavorings can be tasted by attendees.

The speakers will also advise attendees on how to conduct general sensory testing for their products and go over general ways to properly label food packaging.

“More topics about flavors will be explained to the audience so that they will depart with a more complete, comprehensive knowledge and more confidence of how to make their products better tasting for their loyal consumers,” says Speere.

For more information about the Maui Food Innovation Center and its training programs, visit www.maui.hawaii.edu/foodinnovation or call Speere at 984-3690.

About the Maui Food Innovation Center

The Maui Food Innovation Center provides both business and technological expertise to food and agricultural entrepreneurs throughout the State of Hawaii.

A program of UH-MC, the Maui Food Innovation Center helps farmers and food manufacturers increase profitability through the development of new value-added food products, reduces our state’s dependence on imports, and contributes to the sustainability of island-based agriculture. In addition, the Maui Food Industry X-celerator Program (MFIX) is part of the Maui Food Innovation Center.

The Program was established as a winner of the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. In partnership with the County of Maui, community business leaders and food industry leaders, MFIX provides much needed support to food businesses and entrepreneurs in the form of training, community resources and access to its certified commercial kitchen. The program delivers an overview for your business planning and marketing, good manufacturing practices, industry trends, packaging and other requirements.