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IFT20 Annual Event & Food Expo

Advance your career, your business, the profession, and the future of food all in four transformative days. Advanced registration begins March 1, 2020.


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IFT’s Annual Event and Food Expo is one of the largest events of its kind bringing together science of food professionals from around the globe representing all segments of the food profession—research and design, ingredients, safety and quality, technology, equipment, processing, packaging, manufacturing, suppliers and buyers, policy makers, and academics—all converging with the intention to inspire and transform collective knowledge into innovative solutions to help advance our planet’s food safety, nutrition, and sustainability.




Whether your company is looking for new customers, new suppliers, or new ideas, IFT20 is an essential part of staying on top of what’s next in the science of food and the food industry, so you and your organization can stay ahead of the competition.

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IFT20 is where you can fuel your passion for the science of food through IFT’s thought-provoking scientific and featured sessions, Start-Up Alley, short courses, panel discussions and more.

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Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the future of food.

Here are just a few of the reasons why attendees tell us IFT’s Annual Event & Food Expo is a great return on investment:

Attending the IFT Annual Event and Food Expo is akin to packing an entire year’s worth of professional development, supplier/customer relationship building, new product development, and innovation thinking into four intense days. If you do it right, you’ll leave New Orleans exhausted, but inspired by your career, your job, your future, and the important role our profession plays in providing a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply. You’ll also arrive back at work with new ideas to share with your management and colleagues. Plus, a stack of business cards from potentially lucrative new business contacts, customers, suppliers, collaborators, and innovators.

At IFT's Annual Event and Food Expo you’ll have the opportunity to visit over 1,100 supplier booths, representing the largest ingredient and technology Food Expo in the world. IFT’s Food Expo is where you explore new products, find solutions, and make buying decisions all in the three Food Expo intensive days.

One thing we know about creating a good mix of experiences at IFT’s Annual Event and Food Expo is that the content must include something that inspires, and the event  has that too! Choose from over 100 scientific and applied sessions—each peer-reviewed and selected for their novel topics and innovative content. You’ll also have access to the latest research and consumer insights, not to mention the IFTNEXT, IFT Central, and Traceability Central stages, where you’ll hear from some of the most forward thinking of our professional peers to help inspire new ideas and prepare you for the future.

While you’re at the event, don’t forget to recharge. Feeding Tomorrow uses the annual event to host one of its largest fundraisers, which benefits its many programs directed at bringing the best and brightest young people into our profession, rewarding the efforts of students in food science, and providing opportunities to leverage the knowledge of our community for the greater good. Attendees and non-attendees alike are able to participate in the Virtual Fun Run + Fitness to experience wellness through running, walking, or yoga while supporting important Feeding Tomorrow programs. You can participate both at the event and remotely.

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