Liming Cai, MGP
Liming Cai, PhD, principal scientist, MGP Ingredients
ATCHISON, KAS. — MGP Ingredients has promoted Liming Cai, Ph.D., to the role of principal scientist. In his new position, Dr. Cai will provide research, applications and technical support to grow and enhance the company’s portfolio of specialty wheat starches and proteins that address an increasing demand for clean label, healthy and functional food products. He also will help develop operational processes and system improvements related to production.

“Dr. Cai’s talent and competencies as a food scientist have shined during his nearly five years of employment at MGP,” said Ody Maningat, Ph.D., vice-president of ingredients R.&D. and chief science officer, MGPI. “He has a very strong fundamental science background that greatly complements our value-addition research initiatives. “ 

Dr. Cai first joined MGPI as an applications scientist in 2013. He previously was a post-doctoral research associate in cereal chemistry at Washington State University after spending over four years as a graduate research assistant in carbohydrate chemistry in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University. 

He has authored and co-authored more than two dozen scientific research publications and presentations and is a member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International and the Institute of Food Technologists.