IFT 2013 Annual Meeting and Food Expo® in Chicago Draws More Than 23,500 Registrants

August 12, 2013

CHICAGO – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2013 Annual Meeting and Food Expo® at McCormick Place in Chicago proved to be a huge success. More than 23,500 people registered for the event held July 13-16 to attend scientific sessions, network with colleagues, and visit the sold-out expo floor.

Preliminary Statistics Include:

  • Number of Registrants: 23,500+
  • Number of Countries Represented: 87
  • Number of Student Registrants: 1,720
  • Number of Booths Contracted 2,386
  • Number of Exhibitors: 1,171
  • Number of First Time Exhibitors: 127
  • Number of Scientific Sessions: 100+
  • Number of Poster Presentations: 1,200
  • Number of Speakers: 350+

“I’m pleased to say that this has been one of our best meetings,” said IFT Executive Vice President Barbara Byrd Keenan, FASAE, CAE. “The event brought together some of the brightest minds in the global food science community to work, play and learn together in Chicago.” 

For recaps of event news, special reports, videos, and insights from this year’s conference, read IFT Live, the official event daily for the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

IFT also issued several press releases based on new initiatives and research presented at the scientific sessions, which can be viewed online in the IFT newsroom: http://www.ift.org/newsroom/news-releases.aspx. Photos of the event are available by request. Audio recordings of the scientific sessions will also be available by late August.

The IFT 2014 Annual Meeting and Food Expo will be held June 21-24 in New Orleans!  Currently 1,900 booths have already been sold.


About IFT
For more than 70 years, IFT has existed to advance the science of food. Our nonprofit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry. For more information, please visit ift.org.

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