Dr. Barnes Louthan

barnes-louthanOrganization: Eastman Chemical Company
Personal Biography: Barnes Louthan is a native of Bluefield, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech. He spent his entire professional career with Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN. During his career, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world as an industry expert in food emulsifiers and antioxidants. He was also recognized for his sales management skills and under his direction, his region received Eastman’s President’s Award for overall excellence three consecutive years. During this time, Sales and Marketing Magazine named Eastman’s sales force as one of the top five in the United States.

Mr. Louthan is an accomplished wood worker and also enjoys outdoor activities including tennis, fishing, canoeing, and gardening. He is retired and resides with his wife, Karen, in Indian Land, SC. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Lecture Topic: Food Additives and the Lunacy of Labeling
Food Additives and the Lunacy of There is significant need within the world to find ways to preserve, protect, and distribute foods. This need will increase as the world’s population increases. Additives provide protection against oxidation and bacteria-induced degradation, as well as performing other functions, but are in conflict with consumer demands. Unfortunately, consumer awareness of various additives is negatively tilted by inaccurate and/or incomplete information. Consequently, buying decisions and label declarations reflect fear rather than knowledge. In addition, many consumers believe that certain foods are unhealthy or contribute to undesirable weight gain only because of specific additives these foods contain. Actually, the overall quality and fitness for consumption of many food stuffs can be safely enhanced by the appropriate use of various additives and in concert with modern processing methods.