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.