2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo Wrap-up

August 19, 2010

2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo Wrap-up

2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®

More than 21,500 food professionals made the trek to the Windy City for the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, which was held July 17–20 in Chicago, Ill. In addition, 900+ exhibitors were present to show their latest products and innovations on the expo floor.

If you missed the 115 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 September 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. Or you can purchase access to the 2010 virtual posters.
  • 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.

IFT Live
In addition to these great resources for information from the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, for the second year the show daily appeared in digital form. IFT Live contains 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 Cares Volunteers Pitch in at Food Depository
For the third consecutive year, a group of IFT members began their Annual Meeting & Food Expo® experience showing lots of heart—and some muscle, too—as volunteers for the IFT Cares philanthropic initiative. On Saturday, July 17, two groups traveled to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. A third group helped out on the morning of July 21. On Saturday morning, the volunteers packed 720 cases of food, which translates to 18 pallets or 23,040 pounds! In the afternoon session, IFT Cares volunteers repackaged 4,000 pounds of bread, buns, and bagels.



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 Editor Donald Pszczola explored the expo floor and in a three-part series offered you a round-up of some of these novel food concepts. In Sunday’s “Part 1,” Don highlights how four exhibitors offered prototypes showcasing indulgence. In Monday’s “Part 2,” Don examines 7 exhibitors’ prototypes that demonstrate the functionality and health benefits of a number of ingredients. To end the expo, in “Part 3” Don explored the inspiration that abounded among 6 exhibitors’ creative prototypes.

Mintel Announces IFT 10 Taste Test Winners
At this year’s Food Expo, market research company Mintel continued its tradition of hosting the Global New Products Pavilion—product tastings and presentations highlighting the latest trends in the food, drink, and foodservice industries. During each session, Mintel’s new product experts, Lynn Dornblaser and David Jago, presented on the topics of Baby Boomers, Satiety, and Simple Ingredient Statements. The nearly 700 attendees at the Mintel presentations and tastings were asked to vote on their favorite products in each category. View the results.

Trend & Solution Tours
For the second year, IFT offered Trend & Solution Tours on the Food Expo floor. Trend & Solution 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: Taste Modification; Ingredients for Functional Foods; Reducing Formulation Costs; and Weight Management. Of the companies chosen to be a part of the Trend Tours, seven were selected to make short videos discussing their products and what trend they address. View the Trend & Solution Tour videos.


Challenges for Evaluating the Safety of Food Nanomaterials
Evaluating the safety of nanomaterials in foods presents multiple challenges, according to speakers at the fifth IFT International Food Nanoscience Conference. Attracting nearly 100 attendees, the one-day conference took place on Saturday, July 17, just prior to opening of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®.

Drinking Coffee Regularly Reduces Disease Risks
Habitual consumption of coffee has been shown to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, according to experts at Session 253 “Emerging health benefits of coffee: Recent advances in epidemiologic and experimental knowledge” on Tuesday morning, July 20.

Daniel Pink Dissects Motivation Science
On matters of motivation, there’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does, contended keynote session speaker Daniel Pink, who addressed a capacity crowd in McCormick Place South on Sunday morning, July 18. Pink shared statistics from behavioral science studies to support his contention that when it comes to what motivates employees, management often has it all wrong.

Changing the Conversation About Processed Foods
As most members of the food industry would no doubt agree, the industry has a great story to tell but frequently is saddled with responding defensively to a steady stream of misperceptions and miscommunication about the role of processed foods in the American diet. In a session titled “Communicating the Contributions of Processed Foods and Addressing Public Perceptions” on Tuesday morning, July 20, at McCormick Place, four speakers shared their perspectives on the topic.

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Target Obesity
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)—scheduled for release in December—will focus on recommendations for reducing obesity and improving health, stated Robert Post, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, at a press conference hosted by USDA and IFT on Monday afternoon, July 19.  In June 2010, the USDA released the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report. The upcoming 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will draw heavily from this report, which is unprecedented in addressing the obesity epidemic—the single greatest threat to public health in this century, said Post.

Innovadex Reflects New Commitment to Food, Beverage Innovation
At a press conference on Sunday, July 18, Chemidex, a business-to-business search engine for food product developers, announced its name change to Innovadex. This change reflects the company’s new commitment to “speeding the innovation process by connecting product developers worldwide with material and ingredient suppliers,” with a new focus on the food and beverage industry.


IFT Honors Innovations on Food Expo Floor
At Sunday morning’s keynote session, incoming IFT President Bob Gravani and President-Elect Roger Clemens announced and presented five companies with the 2010 IFT Food Expo Innovation Awards. The winners are Bühler Barth AG and Log5 Corporation (co-recipients), Bunge North America, Caravan Ingredients, and Handary SA.

R. Paul Singh Receives Appert Award
R. Paul Singh, Distinguished Professor of Food Engineering, University of California, was honored as the recipient of the 2010 Nicholas Appert Award on Saturday, July 17, at the Awards Celebration. In addition to presenting Singh with the Nicholas Appert Award, IFT recognized 13 other achievements at the Awards Celebration.

2010 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, July 17, IFT recognized 17 members as new Fellows.

IFTSA Competition Winners
The winners were announced for all five of the IFT Student Association competitions: Product Development Competition, Developing Solutions for Developing Countries, Nutritious Food for Kids, Chapter of the Year, and Undergraduate Research Paper Competition.

Record Numbers at 10th Annual Fun Run
The recent heat wave didn’t deter the 600 people that registered to take part in Feeding Tomorrow’s 10th Annual Fun Run on Monday, July 19 at Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. That’s the highest number of registrants in the event’s history. In total, participants raised over $75,000, once again a record high, for Feeding Tomorrow scholarships.


2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®
Mark your calendars for the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, La., June 11–14. World-class cuisine, lively music, and warm hospitality make New Orleans one of IFT’s favorite host cities to visit. Combine that with in-depth, practical scientific education; a Food Expo showcasing suppliers from around the world; innumerable opportunities to forge new professional relationships, and much more, the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® is an event you won’t want to miss.

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