Membership Types

Choose the IFT Membership that’s right for you

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has six membership types to meet the needs of its diverse community. No matter where you are in your career, IFT has a membership type to support you. Explore the different options below to find the membership type that is right for you.

Premier Membership
Premier Membership: $209/year right arrow
For optimal access. Positions yourself for success by providing optimal access. Enjoy the deepest discounts to IFT’s invaluable resources services, programs, and events. Premier members are eligible for all leadership and recognition opportunities.
Premier Early Career
Premier Early Career Membership: Year 1-$80; Year 2-$120; Year 3-$160 right arrow
For recent graduates. Designed to ease the transition from Student Membership to Premier, the Early Career Membership positions you for success by providing optimal access to IFT member benefits, including the deepest discounts to the full range of IFT’s resources, services, programs, and events.
Networking and Engagment
Networking & Engagement Membership:  $99/year right arrow
For limited access. New to IFT? Become acquainted with this great introductory membership option. With a Networking & Engagement membership you can immediately get involved, meet professional peers, and stay in the know to help you advance your career and the future of food. This category is also a great option for those close to retirement, allowing you to stay engaged with many of the benefits you currently enjoy, at a fraction of the price.
Student Membership
Student Membership: $50/year right arrow
For current students. Feed your inner food geek and meet your food science community. When you become a student member , you become connected with the largest science of food community in the world. Access invaluable resources to keep you up to date on industry news, trends, and more.
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Emeritus Membership: $25/year right arrow
For Retirees. Any current IFT member who has fully retired from professional life in a remunerative capacity and has been a member of IFT for at least 20 years is eligible for an Emeritus Membership, which provides similar benefits to the Premier Membership.
International Membership
International Joint Membership right arrow
For Australia or United Kingdom. Already a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) in the United Kingdom or the Australia Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)? Find out how a partner membership with IFT can enhance your global reach.
Join A Division
Join a topical IFT Division right arrow
As part of your IFT Memership, you can choose to participate in as many IFT topical divisions as you'd like. Meet other professionals working in your area of expertise to collaborate, innovate, and problem solve.
IFT Section
Connect with Your Local Community through an IFT Regional Section right arrow
IFT sections offer a great way to network and connect with food professionals in your area or join as many as you would like.