Major Milestones in IFT's History

July 1, 1939 The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is founded at MIT. Samuel C. Prescott is the first president.
June 16-19, 1940 The first IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo is held in Chicago. There are 25 exhibiting companies.
1941 The first regional Section, the Chicago Section IFT (formerly the Chicago group of Food Technologists) is recognized. IFT now has 53 sections.
1942 The first IFT award, the Nicholas Appert Award, is presented to William V. Cruess.
1947 The first issue of Food Technology is published.
1949 IFT hires its first full-time staff person and establishes its headquarters in Chicago.
1950s The first Employment Bureaus are offered in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.
June 25, 1950 IFT is incorporated.
1951 The first issue of the Journal of Food Science (formerly Food Research) is published.
1954 The first IFT fellowships are presented to John E. Shade and Harold C. Rich.
1958 IFT supplies a list of qualified IFT members to the FDA to comment and provide feedback on the safety and acceptability of certain food additives.
1960 The first IFT scholarships are established.
1963 IFT approves its first affiliate organization, the Chilean Society of Food Technology.
1968 IFT's first division, the Refrigerated & Frozen Food Division, is formed. IFT now has 27 divisions, plus the IFT Student Association.
1971 The first IFT Short Course, Fundamentals of Protein in Foods, is presented.
1975 The IFT Student Division is formed. In 1982, this Division becomes the IFT Student Association.
1985 The IFT Foundation (now called Feeding Tomorrow) is established.
September 1998 IFT is awarded its first 5-year competitive contract from FDA.
2000 IFT hosts its first annual Fun Run/Walk.
October 2000 IFT opens its Washington, D.C. office.
November 2000 The first IFT Global Food Safety & Quality Conference is hosted.
2001 IFT establishes the Congressional Support for Science Award to recognize outstanding contributions to science-based food policies and to increase the role of science in policy development.
2002 IFT partners with the Chinese Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) for the first of regular joint Food Summits held in China.
April 2002 IFT first publishes the Journal of Food Science Education.
April 2002 IFT first publishes Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.
January 2003 IFT holds its inaugural Research Summit; the topic is Dormant Microbes: Research Needs.
April 2004 IFT publishes its first IFT Press book, Preharvest and Postharvest Food Safety: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions, in conjunction with Wiley Publishing (now Wiley-Blackwell).
September 2004 IFT is awarded a second five-year competitive FDA contract
2005 IFT and Discovery Education launch the Discovery Education Career Guidance Program, “Careers in Food Science”
June 2006 The first IFT International Food Nanoscience Conference is hosted.
December 2006 IFT hosts its first webcast educational event, Probiotics: Latest Applications and Trends
2008 The IFT New Professionals community is launched.
2008 IFT receives an FDA CFSAN Director’s Special Citation Award for its development of the CARVER + Shock software tool
February 2008 IFT holds its first Wellness conference in Chicago, IL.
December 2008 IFT introduces its first online course, Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist.
June 2009 In conjunction with the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology, IFT publishes the first Chinese issue of Food Technology magazine.

IFT is awarded its third 5-year FDA contract.

2010 In collaboration with three other organizations, IFT conducts two roundtable conferences focused on implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
May 2010 IFT introduces a new visual identity in conjunction with its new website launch.
June 2010 IFT launches its “Day in the Life” series with its award-winning Day in the Life of a NASA Food Scientist video
July 2010 At the 2010 Annual Meeting, IFT re-launches its foundation under a new name (Feeding Tomorrow) with an updated visual identity.
2011 The IFTSA launches its revamped newsletter, Midnight Snack, and “Official Food Geek” (OFG) campaign.
January 2011 IFT receives a contract from FDA to hold “pilot” FREE-B workshops and create risk communication templates.
June 2011 IFT unveils its Beacon Lectureship program at the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans.
December 2011 IFT holds its inaugural Food Policy Impact conference in Arlington, VA.
February 2012 IFT holds its first joint meeting with ALACCTA in Mexico.
March 2012 IFT, ADA, and ASN sponsor a research project to determine the contribution of nutrients from processed foods
April 2012 IFT and the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) launch the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential.
June 2012 IFT launches “World Without Food Science,” a public education campaign to generate awareness of the role that food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe, and abundant food supply.
October 2012 In honor of World Food Day, IFT creates an action kit to help members spread the word about the importance of food science.

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety (CRFSFS) earns the #1 position (impact factor) in the food science journal category.

July 2013 IFT launches Food4Thought, a food science STEM initiative, at the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago.
July 2013 As a result of its contract work with FDA, IFT launches the Global Food Traceability Center; the goal of the Center is to become the global resource and authoritative voice on food traceability.