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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)

Institute of Food Technologists Student Association and MARS Invite Student Finalists to IFT17 for the 27th Annual Product Development Competition

June 2, 2017
The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) and MARS are pleased to announce the finalists of the 27th Annual Product Development Competition. The competition challenges students from around the country to take what they have learned in school and apply it to a real-world situation by developing a new food idea and carrying it through to marketing and production. Mirroring the responsibilities of a professional commercial product development team, the competition challenges students on organizational, teamwork, creative and scientific skills and spotlights the next generation of product development talent.  (Read more)

IFT Honors Five Innovation Award Winners

June 2, 2017
At an awards ceremony on Sunday evening at IFT17: Go With Purpose, IFT President-Elect Designate Michele Perchonok announced and presented five companies—CEM Corporation, Glanbia Nutritionals, Ingredion Incorporated and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., and Salt of the Earth—with the 2017 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award. The winning entries offer solutions to today’s food issues and trends of clean label, sodium reduction, and simple and rapid analysis for enhanced quality control. (Read more)

The Institute of Food Technologists Recommends a Definition of “Healthy” to FDA

May 4, 2017
In written comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) expressed concern that labeling an individual food as ‘healthy’ can be misleading for consumers.  (Read more)

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