The Premier Food Science Event Mary Ellen Kuhn | June 2013, Volume 67, No.6

Chicago will host the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, an ovation-worthy gathering that highlights scientific advances and showcases new products, technologies, and services.

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo

Want a front-row seat for the world’s foremost celebration of food science innovation, insight, and information coupled with powerful presentations by prominent thinkers and leaders? Then plan to be in Chicago this summer for the Institute of Food Technologists’ Annual Meeting & Food Expo® July 13–16. It will be a big event packed with big ideas.

More than 20,000 food science and technology professionals from around the globe will be on hand to glean new scientific knowledge, get close-up exposure to cutting-edge products and technologies, and make connections with presenters, exhibitors, and attendees representing industry, academia, and government. Those who arrive hungry for knowledge about product development, health and nutrition, food safety, and myriad other topics will find it in 100+ Scientific Program sessions. The halls of McCormick Place South, one of the world’s premier exhibition facilities, will be home to the industry’s largest collection of suppliers of food ingredients, equipment, packaging, and services—with nearly 1,000 exhibitors participating.

Bestselling author and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, an expert on international affairs, will apply his multi-layered world view to a discussion of the food challenges facing the planet in the keynote address on Sunday. In addition, three high-profile Beacon Lecturers will bring global perspectives to their addresses on issues of importance to the food industry. The Beacon Lecturers are Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority, David W. Robson, Head of Energy and Environmental Foresight for the Scottish Government, and Mark J. Manary, a physician, researcher, and professor, who works to end childhood malnutrition in Africa.

Each year organizers of the Annual Meeting & Food Expo ensure that the event serves up much that is fresh and different, and this year is no exception. 2013 will bring more than 100 new exhibitors to the Food Expo, introduce a Cooking Up Science recipe competition on the show floor, and mark the debut of a teaching and learning program for academics as well as the Fennema Lecture & Workshop. IFT is proud to host the 2013 Annual Meeting & Food Expo on its home turf of Chicago, a vibrantly diverse destination noted for its shopping, cultural activities, professional sports teams, and award-winning cuisine.

Learning Starts Early
Practical, in-depth education is on the agenda in the days prior to the official start of the Annual Meeting & Food Expo in the form of 10 short courses that range in length from a half day to two-and-one-half days. Courses will be held Thursday, July 11, through Saturday, July 13, at the Hilton Chicago.

McCormick Place South will be headquarters for the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago.This year’s schedule boasts five new courses including “Advances in Commercialization of Nonthermal Processing,” “Certified Food Science Prep Course,” “New Applications and Products Using Soy,” “Antioxidants: Fundamentals, Food Application, and Health Effects,” and “Fundamentals of Textural Design: The Importance and Means to Drive Product Liking Through Considered Textural Design.”

Returning favorite short courses will include “Integrating Risk-based Preventive Controls Into Your HACCP Program,” “Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist,” “Flavor Interactions in Food,” “Commercializing Innovation in Food Products,” and “Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S.” IFT’s short courses always receive high marks from participants; in 2012, 93% of attendees said they were satisfied with overall course quality.

Another program that will take place prior to the start of the Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the IFT International Food Nanoscience Conference on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at the Hilton Chicago. Experts from around the world will provide updates on topics such as nanomaterial safety, emerging nanoscience applications, and consumer perceptions. The one-and-a-half-day conference, which begins at 1 p.m. Friday, will be preceded by a primer workshop on Friday morning.

IFT Achievers in the Spotlight
Annual Meeting & Food Expo activities will get under way on an upbeat note Saturday evening, July 13, in the Arie Crown Theater in McCormick Place with a celebration of IFT’s own. The annual Awards Celebration honoring 13 recipients of Achievement Awards, 12 newly elected IFT Fellows, and two student recipients of Excellence in Leadership Awards will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Following the Awards Celebration, a Welcome Reception will be held on the Lakeside Terrace at McCormick Place. Chicago-style cuisine, entertainment, and dramatic views of the Chicago skyline will enhance the experience of mingling with friends and colleagues and making new acquaintances.

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