IFT FIRST 2022 in Chicago IL


IFT FIRST Annual Event and Expo

IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo is the place where science of food professionals gather to debate and discuss science and new innovations, explore ingredients and technologies for the future, and collaborate on key issues impacting the global food system.


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IFT FIRST - Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology

Collaboration + Innovation: How Can Food Science and Technology Transform the Food System?
This years' experience is one you do not want to miss as thousands of product developers, innovators, scientists and company leaders will be in attendance live and in-person at IFT FIRST.




Attended in 2023

Maximize your time to connect, learn, and see innovation firsthand at IFT FIRST.

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Come together to forge innovative solutions to future-proof the food system.

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See, taste, hear, smell, and feel what’s happening in the science of food.

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IFT FIRST 2024 Setting the Stage for Transformative Innovation

Why Attend IFT FIRST?

IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo is where advocacy for science and the power of collaboration + innovation take center stage. The entire food value chain will come together at IFT FIRST. Be part of this pivotal event dedicated to shaping the future of food. Here are some stats from those who attended in 2023:

  • Over 2/3 of 2023 attendees said they would return to IFT FIRST in 2024
  • 70+ countries were represented at IFT FIRST
  • More than 8,000 attendees visited the Scientific areas
  • Startup Pavilion was a hit - with nearly 7,000 people spending an average of 29 minutes

What Can You Expect in 2024?

  • Engage all five senses at the largest global food science and innovation expo plus interact with 1,000+ exhibitors showcasing the latest new products and innovative solutions, technologies, and ingredients.
  • More than 100 scientific sessions and discussions focused on this year’s theme of Collaboration + Innovation: How Can Food Science and Technology Transform the Food System?
  • Endless opportunities to connect with industry experts and innovators plus high value intentional networking through professional events and Braindates focused on peer-to-peer engagement.
  • Embark on an exhilarating journey through the IFT FIRST Innovation Lab, a self-paced product development experience where participants are not just observers but active creators as they enter a museum-like workshop focused on igniting your imagination and sparking bold, new ideas. (Note: Available to all. Wednesday only)
  • Visit the Startup Pavillion where up to 100 food and food tech startups showcase cutting-edge solutions and applications. Stay for The Startup Pitch Finale on Wednesday to see who wins IFT FIRST’s best Startup Pitch of 2024!
  • Maximize your time. Accomplish a year’s worth of business and career goals in three days: learn from colleagues, generate new leads, and deepen customer relationships. Invest in your future.
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