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RFA Technical Webcasts


The RFA hosts quarterly Technical Webcasts on timely food safety and regulatory topics affecting
the prepared foods industry. The Webcasts are live, interactive events that you can join from your office!

See below for details on the latest Technical Webcast.

RFA Members can access slide presentations from past Technical Webcasts at anytime in the Member Center.

July 18, 2018 RFA Technical Webcast:


“Potatoes 101


REGISTER HERE for this live, interactive Webcast that you can join from your office!

Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

      (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Central, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Mountain, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific)



While potatoes seem simple, they can be complex ingredients to work with. Join Potatoes USA and Food Scientist, Mathew McDonald for an in depth look at America’s favorite vegetable.  From product specifications to technical functionality, get the information you need to develop the best quality products.


Mathew McDonald, Senior Food Science Manager, JR Simplot

Mathew “Matt” McDonald (Yes, Mathew with one t, and Matt with two) was born in Idaho where he grew up on famous Idaho potatoes. He worked on local farms starting at the age of 12 and developed a hearty love of the work. Who knew, when he spent his 16th birthday on a potato harvester at 2 am in the driving snow that his life would one day revolve around the potato? Needless to say, his relationship with the potato didn’t start out as good as it is now, but he is one of the few people he knows who can and will eat a raw potato like an apple with salt and pepper – and enjoy it!

Matt obtained an AS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University Idaho and a BS in Dietetics from Idaho State University followed by an MS in Food Science from Kansas State University. Matt’s career has revolved almost exclusively around the potato. He began at Miles Willard Technologies where his experience in processing potatoes and snack chip and food product development began. Matt gained valuable manufacturing experience by traveling around the globe to assist manufacturers in scaling up these new products for their respective markets. Currently Matt is a Senior Food Science Manager at JR Simplot. Matt is also a board member of the Intermountain Institute of Food Technologists and was recently invited to the Food Science Advisory Board at BYUI and will soon add webcasts to his curriculum vitae.

Matt resides in the Boise Idaho area with his wife of 28 years, three wonderful children, one awesome son-in-law, and one beautiful granddaughter and hopes more grandchildren come fairly soon.


How does the webcast work?

It's easy and convenient!  A virtual seminar is one that you can "attend" and participate in right from your offices. There is no travel time, and now provided at NO COST to RFA members!

The RFA Technical Webcast will include live audio along with a slide presentation on the Web. You just need a phone connection for the audio and an Internet connection.  

In addition, the webcast will allow you to comment and ask questions at specified times during the event using your phone.

You can invite staff members to listen and participate too!  To get the most out of a webcast, it is recommended that you have no more than five people at any one computer connection. If you have multiple locations, please register each location separately.


The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Research Chefs Association (RCA) have cofirmed that continuing education credits are available for numerous RFA technical functions. Depending on the specific educational criteria of these two organizations, credits will be accepted for attendance at 1) RFA Webinars, 2) the RFA Fall Symposium and 3) the RFA Annual Conference.

Contact the RFA office for more information or for proof of participation.


Registration Information:

The cost for this event is as follows:

  • RFA Members: NO CHARGE - Now Included as a Member Benefit!

  • Non-Members: $310 per computer/audio connection

To attend the meeting, you can either:

  • Download and complete a Registration form and send it in to the RFA office by fax or mail with your payment (if applicable). Checks must be made payable to the Refrigerated Foods Association. Forms should be received no later than July 16, 2018.

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message inviting you to attend the web conference with instructions on how to attend. This message will provide the information that you need to join the meeting.

Please note: You must have JAVA enabled on your computer to participate in the web conference.

If you have questions about the RFA Technical Webcasts, please e-mail the RFA office at [email protected].


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