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Institute of Food Technologists Announce Finalists in First IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge

May 14, 2018
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced the six finalists that will compete in the inaugural IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at IFT18 in Chicago. IFT18 is an annual event and food expo that brings more than 20,000 food science professionals together from industry, academia and government to share, network, and learn about the most recent advances in the science of food.  (Read more)

Registration for IFT18: A Matter of Science + Food Now Open

March 1, 2018
Registration is now open for IFT18: A Matter of Science + Food in Chicago, July 15-18 at McCormick Place. Hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), IFT18 will convene food science and technology thought leaders and decision-makers from more than 90 countries representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector.  (Read more)

Applications Open to Participate in First IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge

January 8, 2018
Applications to participate in the Institute of Food Technologist’s (IFT) inaugural IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge competition opened today and will remain open through February 8, 2018. The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge is a competition designed to help investment-ready food companies advance the science of food. (Read more)

Institute of Food Technologists Unveils New Membership Model

November 2, 2017
New membership model designed to reflect global food industry shifts and provide inclusive, affordable options for students and professionals in the science of food  (Read more)

Cindy Stewart, PhD, CFS Named 78th President of the Institute of Food Technologists

September 28, 2017
On September 1, 2017 Cindy Stewart, PhD, CFS became the 78th president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system. Dr. Stewart succeeded John Coupland, PhD, CFS IFT’s 2016-2017 President.  (Read more)

IFT Encourages Important Conversations About Food Through New Film — Food Evolution — and Broad Distribution Strategy

September 28, 2017
Food Evolution, the critically acclaimed documentary film exploring the food-related challenges we face globally and the critical role that science plays in addressing them, is now available to Hulu subscribers. Nearly four years ago, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) commissioned and provided funding to develop a film that would inspire a rational conversation about the critical role of science and innovation in building a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone, which is at the heart of the 17,000 member institute’s mission. The film was released in theaters this summer and recently became available on iTunes, Amazon and other paid video-on-demand platforms. (Read more)

Institute of Food Technologists & Food Technology Summit & Expo Mexico Announce 2017 IFT FoodTech Summit Innovation Award Winners

September 27, 2017
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in partnership with Encumex today named GanedenBC30™ as the winner of the inaugural IFT FoodTech Summit Innovation Award, a distinction developed by IFT and Encumex to celebrate commercial innovation in the science of food. Sensient SupraRed™ and Ingredion VERSAFIBE™ both received honorable mentions for the award. The winners, and all entries considered for the award, represent breakthrough ingredient and color applications that answer the growing consumer demand for food and beverage products with enhanced health benefits and natural ingredients.  (Read more)

IFT17 Draws Over 19,000 Registrants from Around the World

July 31, 2017
IFT17: Go With Purpose, hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, highlighted the hottest food trends, the latest food products, and the most important developments in the science of food. More than 19,000 people attended the event from June 25-28 to attend scientific sessions, connect with colleagues, and discover new technologies on the expo floor.  (Read more)

Institute of Food Technologists Announces 2017 IFTSA Competition Winners

July 31, 2017
The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) today named more than 20 student groups from around the world as winners of the 2017 IFTSA competitions. Held annually to engage IFT’s student members to share their research and explore critical issues outside of the classroom, the competitions range from creating viable food products for under-served populations to producing multimedia content to educate and inspire. Students competed individually or on teams in a variety of categories that aim to advance the study and profession of the science of food. IFT announced the winners at IFT17: Go With Purpose in Las Vegas. (Read more)

Institute of Food Technologists Student Association and Tate & Lyle Invite Student Finalists to IFT17 for Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

June 2, 2017
Malnutrition and food security are global challenges, with developing nations and future generations bearing the weight of finding the solutions. These challenges require creativity, optimistic problem solving, and the courage to bring forth new ideas. The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) and Tate & Lyle host the Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition annually to encourage students to face these global challenges head-on and lead the way in finding a solution for the future. Six student teams from around the world are honored this year as finalists and winning teams will be announced at IFT17 in Las Vegas, NV.  (Read more)

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