Meet Our Scientific Expert Panel

Backed by science, guided by experts

While we’ve developed Fruit Juice Matters on a solid foundation of scientific research, we’ve gone one step further to ensure the accuracy of the information by establishing our Scientific Expert Panel (SEP). This is a group of independent professors who are world-renowned experts in food, nutrition, and health-related topics.

Serving as advisors for Fruit Juice Matters’ activities, the SEP members review new scientific research related to 100% fruit juice, represent the campaign at scientific events, review the evidence base, and identify any gaps in current science knowledge.

Meet our international experts:


Dr Rui Hai Liu (Chair)

Professor at the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, USA. Dr Liu’s research programme focuses on diet and its relation to cancer and chronic disease.


Dr Reinhold Carle

Professor at the Institute of Food Science and Biotechnology at Hohenheim University, Germany, specialising in functional foods. An authority on plant foodstuff technology.


Dr John Sievenpiper

Associate Professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and a Consultant Physician in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. An expert in the field of sugars and metabolic research.


Dr France Bellisle

Director of Research at the Nutritional Epidemiology Group of the University of Paris 13, France, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. A specialist in the field of food and drink intake behaviour, and the study of factors linked to childhood obesity.


Dr David Benton

Professor of Food Psychology at Swansea University, United Kingdom, whose research has covered areas such as portion size and the links between food and mental function.


Thais Cesar

Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil, who specialises in nutritional and metabolic properties of citrus fruits. Holds a particular interest in the bioactive compounds of citrus fruit, and their potential role to prevent the development of chronic diseases.