California Raisin Marketing Board Selects Top Scientists for Nutrition Research Panel

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California Raisin Marketing Board Selects Top Scientists for Nutrition Research Panel

Industry leadership supports long-term research strategy with experts from around the country

As part of its ongoing commitment to research and leadership in the field of nutrition science, the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB) has launched a newly formed Scientific Nutrition Research Panel. The Panel’s primary goal is to evaluate requests for proposals (RFP’s) for the CRMB’s research on the health, nutrition and food safety aspects of California Raisins.

Under the guidance of Julie Miller Jones, Ph.D., scientific advisor to the CRMB, six distinguished nutrition scientists from around the country will serve as members of the Panel for the next two years, including: James W. Anderson, M.D. (University of Kentucky, retired), Elizabeth Applegate, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis), Guy Johnson, Ph.D. (Johnson Nutrition Solutions, LLC), Michael McBurney, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), Mark Meskin, Ph.D., R.D. (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) and Rui Hai Lui, M.D., Ph.D. (Cornell University).

Dr. Jones provides strategic guidance to the California Raisin industry’s nutrition research efforts and serves as the CRMB’s national spokesperson.

“We are thrilled to work with such notable experts in the field of human nutrition. Our Panel members bring expertise in a variety of areas including medicine, nutrition education, obesity, sports nutrition, diabetes, digestive health, cardiovascular disease, phytochemicals and product development,” said Jones.

The Panel’s first meeting took place on April 29 – 30 at the CRMB headquarters in Fresno.

“The California Raisin industry recognizes the need to take a leadership position in the area of nutrition research and looks forward to growing a proactive, long-term research strategy,” commented Ron Worthley, President of the CRMB. “This is an important part of providing consumers, healthcare professionals and the foodservice industry with cutting edge information on the health and nutrition aspects of raisins,”

The CRMB has funded numerous studies during the past decade, primarily focusing on fiber, dental health, antioxidants, cardiovascular health, glycemic index and food safety. For full text copies of CRMB-funded research, visit

About the California Raisin Marketing Board
The California Raisin Marketing Board was created by a Slate Marketing Order in 1998 and is 100 percent grower funded. Its mission is to support and promote the increased use of California-grown raisins and sponsor crop production, nutrition and market research. To learn more about the California Raisin Marketing Board, visit its Web site at