IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo Returns July 14-17

Feed your passion for feeding the world with three days of inspiration and discovery that you can only find at IFT FIRST. This year’s theme is Collaboration + Innovation: How Can Food Science and Technology Transform the Food System? Don’t miss world-class scientific programming curated just for you.

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Beefing Up the Benefits of Tomatoes

Hear from an Ohio State researcher who's probing the vegetable's potential for human health and working to maximize its nutritional advantage.

EP 37: The Future of Product Innovation, Kelp in the Culinary Landscape, The Wonderful World of Fermentation

Learn from the brightest minds in food science and technology in the June 2024 episodes of the Omnivore podcast.

Mattson Announces Expansion Into Chicago, IFT Releases White Paper on Underutilized Crops

Innovations, research, and insights in food science, product development, and consumer trends. 

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IFT is a forum for passionate food professionals and students to collaborate, learn, and contribute all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world.

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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a community of professionals and students passionate about the essential role science and innovation play in ensuring that our global food system is safe, nutritious, and sustainable.

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IFT—A catalyst for innovation and positive change

Across the learning continuum, IFT is dedicated to the advancement of food science and innovation.

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9+ billion

Estimated global population
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Why food science?

Science and scientists hold the key to solving our planet's food crisis.

Why IFT?

IFT provides the global food community resources, networks, and education to meet and anticipate the growing needs of our global food system.