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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Dr. Charles A. Sims


The quality of fruits and vegetables has always been very important to consumers, but with increased competition, quality has become even more important to consumers. Dr. Sims’ recent research has focused on the quality characteristics of fruits and vegetables, including processed products and juices. The main area of emphasis has been on factors that influence the sensory characteristics and consumer acceptability of these products. This research involves a lot of joint research projects with other faculty in IFAS and with private food companies and growers.


  • Teaching

    Courses Taught

    • FOS 4722C Quality Control in Food Systems (every Fall)
    • FOS 6126C Psychophysical Aspects of Food (every other Fall)
    • FOS 6125C Sensory Evaluation of Food (every other Spring)

Contact Information

Aquatic Food Production Pilot Plant
520 Newell Drive
Room 130
P.O. Box 110370
Gainesville, FL  32611



  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Arkansas; Food Science, 1986
    • M.S. University of Arkansas; Horticultural Food Science, 1982
    • B.S.A. University of Arkansas; Horticultural Food Science, 1980
  • Publications
  • Honors/Awards
    • University of Arkansas Food Science Department, Distinguished Food Science Alumnus, 2012
    • Institute of Food Technologists, Fellow, 2009
    • University of Florida, Teaching Improvement Award, 1996
    • University of Florida, Superior Accomplishment Award for Faculty Service, 1996