New Membership Model

One Size Does Not Fit All.

An individualized approach to membership. You don’t need anyone to tell you that the food science and technology profession has been impacted by major shifts in the marketplace and by changing global needs. To be more responsive to our members’ evolving needs, IFT has developed an individualized approach to membership.

Informed by members for members, IFT’s new membership offerings are designed to provide invaluable resources and services more closely aligned to the needs of science of food and science technology professionals—no matter where they are in their professional journey.

Launching September 2017.

A New Model for Future Growth and Sustainability

With the landscape of professional associations and scientific institutes continuing to change, IFT felt it was important to remain relevant and be adaptable to the shifts impacting our profession, along with changes in demographics and member needs. To remain relevant to our members’ needs, the IFT Board of Directors felt it was important for IFT to undergo a thoughtful and comprehensive look at the current membership model, including extensive market research; qualitative phone calls with members, past members, and prospective members; member surveys; and focus groups. The invaluable feedback received, led to a proposed reshaping of IFT’s current model.

New Membership Model FAQs

Designed to Meet You Where You Are

The new membership model provides membership options more directly in line with the needs of current and future members, including more affordable and internationally accessible options for IFT’s growing community. 

Launching in September 2017, the new offerings include the following categories of membership*:

BEST VALUE! Premier ($209 per year)
Premier Early Career Discount (Tiered pricing)
Networking and Engagement ($99 per year)
International Joint Membership (Fees vary)
Emeritus ($25 per year)
($50 per year)

A comprehensive membership benefits matrix has been created to provide an easy way to see different member benefits provided within each proposed category. Transition details will be shared with current members via future letter and email communications.

View new membership model benefits by category matrix. (PDF)

*Note: These new offerings do not impact local section access. Section dues are additional and vary by section.


As a member of IFT you will be a part of a community of scientific scholars, innovators, visionaries, and doers all passionately dedicated to the advancement of the science of food and food technology. Now more than ever, being a part of a community dedicated to knowledge sharing, innovation, and advocacy, better positions you to succeed in your career and have a sense of purpose knowing you are part of something big—a vision of a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone.  What are you waiting for?

Interested in Joining IFT Today?
If you’re interested in joining today, join as a regular member in the current model, and we’ll upgrade you to premier when the model transitions in September.


E Allen Foegeding