IFT Annual Food & Expo 09 Wrap Up

July 1, 2009

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More than 14,500 attendees from over 80 different countries made the trek to Orange County for the 2009 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, which was held June 6–9 in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, 815 exhibitors were present to show their latest products and innovations on the expo floor.

IFT's 2009 thematic programming addressed the timely and important topic of “Food Science from Producer to Consumer.” If you missed the nearly 200 educational sessions and array of exhibitors at this year's event, you can still take advantage of the education and information that was shared.

  • Look in your mailbox or online this August for Food Technology magazine's official postshow issue.
  • Purchase the Book of Abstracts to review Scientific Program sessions by session number. E-mail addresses of the primary authors and a comprehensive author index are also included for easy access to the presentations you are looking for. Download an order form. (pdf download)
  • Visit Resourceful Recordings, IFT's recording partner, to view a list of recorded sessions from this year's IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®. Sessions are available in CD's, MP3 file downloads, and DVD-Rom formats.
  • Access the virtual posters from the event online. You can search for specific research topics; view individual sections of each virtual poster; see available multi-media including video, pictures, graphics; and send comments and feedback to authors. Access to the virtual poster site is free to full, paid conference attendees. To purchase access to the 2009 virtual posters, click here.
  • Search a list of exhibitors that participated in this year's IFT Food Expo, and see if your favorite supplier, or supplier-to-be was there.

In addition to these great resources for information from the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, this year the print show daily went electronic. The new IFT LIVE contains close to 100 articles from the event, written by the IFT and Food Technology magazine staff. So, if you didn't make it to this year's event or if you did but missed some things, IFT LIVE is a great way to learn about the sessions, awards winners, products from the expo, and much more. Not only does the IFT LIVE offer articles covering the show, it also includes a photo gallery and videos taken at the show. Visit IFT LIVE.

IFT CaresIFT Members Show They Care
IFT members from across the country took time out to lend a hand in year two of the IFT Cares initiative, which got under way on Saturday, June 6, as two groups of volunteers traveled to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, where they spent several hours packing donated food. The volunteers packed 1,260 boxes in morning and afternoon sessions. […]


Make sure to check out IFT LIVE’s photo album for pictures from the show floor and much more!

Sampling the Expo
Over the years, the IFT Food Expo has set the stage for a variety of exciting food and beverage prototypes that attendees can sample. This year, Food Technology Senior Associate Editor Donald Pszczola explored the expo floor and in a three-part series offers you a round-up of some of these novel food concepts. In Sunday's article, “Sampling the Expo: Part One,” Don highlights 10 different exhibitors and their prototypes that focus on functionality. In Monday's article, “Sampling the Expo: Beverages,” Don examines beverage prototypes from 10 exhibitors. To end the expo, Don looked at the health-promoting, or nutraceutical, benefits of exhibitors' products in his article “Sample the Expo: Ingredients for Health Benefits.”

post-show mintelMintel Announces IFT 09 Taste Test Winners
Market research company Mintel had close to 100 products on display at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® that represented three trend categories of sweeteners, purity, and functional foods. Following daily presentations, the products were used in a taste test, where attendees tasted the products and voted on their favorites. […]

Trend Tours
New this year, IFT offered Trend Tours on the food expo floor. Trend Tours are self-guided tours to the booths of exhibiting companies that offer innovative products or services related to major issues and current trends facing the food industry. This year's tours were: Flavor & Color Innovation; Ingredients for Functional Foods; Naturally Sourced; and Weight Management.

Of the companies chosen to be a part of the Trend Tours, eight were selected to make short videos discussing their product and what trend it addresses. View the Trend Tour videos.


Delivering Bioactive Compounds via Nanotechnology
Using nanoscale materials to stabilize and deliver bioactive compounds in foods was a central theme of the 4th annual IFT International Food Nanoscience Conference. Sponsored by Holland (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) and afmnet (Advanced Foods & Materials Network, Canada), the one-day conference on Saturday, June 06, 2009, attracted more than 100 food science professionals. […]

Dietary Guidelines Need More Food Science
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee needs more food scientists and their wisdom, said Fergus Clydesdale, Professor, Univ. of Massachusetts, and a member of the 2005 advisory committee. “Unfortunately, food science has been relegated to only food safety—the committee needs a new charge,” said Clydesdale, who was part of the panel discussion (Session 092) on The Evolution of Dietary Guidance: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers. […]

post-show bucholtzKeynoter Economists Offer Encouraging Words (and Even a Few Laughs)
The economic downturn that has rocked the world over the course of the past year hasn't provided much reason for cheer. But witty, often amusing economic experts Todd Buchholz (photo, right) and Jeffrey Alan Rosensweig delivered a cautiously optimistic forecast for economic recovery in their Keynote presentation, “What's Next? The Current Economy and the Future of Food,” on Sunday morning, June 7. […]

The Changing Business Climate: Partnership is the Key
“The one message I would like to get across is partnership,” said Chris Mallett, Corporate Vice President R&D at Cargill, at the theme general session “Responsive Strategies to Changing Consumer Demands and Business Climate” on June 8. Each presenter shared examples of ways in which their respective companies are adapting business platforms to better respond to the economic climate and consumers’ changing consumption patterns and preferences. […]


IFT Honors Innovations on Food Expo Floor
At the keynote session on June 7, incoming IFT President Marianne Gillette and President-Elect Bob Gravani announced and presented four companies with the 2009 IFT Food Expo Innovation Awards. The recipients are: Ecolab Inc.; EnWave Corp.; National Center for Food Safety & Technology; and National Starch Food Innovation. […]

post-show lundDaryl Lund Receives Appert Award
Daryl Lund (photo, right), Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Nicholas Appert Award on Saturday, June 6, at the Awards Celebration. In addition to presenting Lund with the Nicholas Appert Award, IFT recognized 13 other achievements at the Awards Celebration. […]

IFT Fellows
Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. At the Awards Celebration on Saturday, June 6, IFT recognized 21 members as new Fellows. […]

New Contest Produces Domestic and International Winners
The winners have been announced in this year's new IFT Student Association competition, “Developing Solutions for Developing Countries.” The competition drew 32 finalists from around the world that were narrowed down to six finalists, half from academic institutions based in the U.S. and Canada, and the other half from academic institutions from outside North America. A winner, second, and third place were selected for both the domestic and international finalists. […]post-show fun run

Sleep? Not for the Dedicated Fun Runners
There was a buzz of excitement in the air on Monday, June 8, as over 350 people stretched and limbered up for the IFT Foundation's 9th Annual Fun Run. In total, participants raised over $50,000 this year for IFT Foundation scholarships. […]


Annual Meeting & Food Expo
Chicago, Illinois

Mark your calendars for the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in Chicago, Ill., July 17–21. It's exciting to be returning the Windy City—the headquarters of IFT—but we are also looking forward to bringing you some thrilling changes we have in store for the show. For the first time, post-show chicagoour event will be co-located with the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Process Expo, bringing together two premier meetings and tens of thousands of food industry professionals interested in product development, processing, packaging, and the science of food. Read more about this exciting news here.

In addition, the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel has created a new framework for the Annual Meeting Scientific Program to kick off at the 2010 meeting. This new framework seeks to streamline programming; provide increased opportunities for member involvement; reduce the number of programming “buckets” for easier navigation; reduce the number of sessions to minimize overlap and conflicts; highlight key issues and core sciences; and, in doing so, increase attendee satisfaction. Click here to read more about the changes in store for next year.

Interested in exhibiting at the 2010 IFT Food Expo? Check out the IFT10 Exhibitor Prospectus (pdf download).

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