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Premier Membership

The most comprehensive access to IFT’s time-saving resources, vibrant community, trusted research, and educational materials for individuals.


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Gain access to an invaluable network, resources, and insights to help you make greater contributions through your work and to the future of food.


IFT’s Premier Membership is our most powerful membership. Whether you’re just starting out in the science of food or a seasoned professional, a Premier Membership unlocks the expert advice and resources, scientific community, and innovation inspiration needed to advance your career and have a meaningful impact on the global food system.


$240/year. Section dues, where applicable, are additional and vary by Section.

Are you a recent graduate? Start your career off right! IFT offers tiered pricing for Premier members in their first three years after school.  
  • $188/year (plus Section dues where applicable) for members 3 years into their professional career
  • $135/year (plus Section dues where applicable) for members 2 years into their professional career
  • $93/year (plus Section dues where applicable) for members in the first year of their professional career 

Premier Membership Benefits

IFT is the place for science of food professionals to collaborate, learn, and contribute, and you’ll have the highest level of access and discounts to do just that as a Premier member. 

Want access to the latest technical applications of science to help you quickly and efficiently solve problems and advance your work? An IFT Premier membership gives you: 

  • Exclusive access to IFT Member Connect, our members-only online community, where you can get quick advice or recommendations to address challenges
  • Unlimited free access to expert-led live and on-demand webcasts filled with educational insights, practical tips, and applicable knowledge to help you learn and thrive
  • Discounted access to in-depth, self-paced training courses, including our new online Product Development Bootcamp

Want to establish meaningful relationships with thought leaders, make strategic professional connections, meet future collaborators, and network with peers? An IFT Premier Membership enables you to: 

  • Participate in IFT Divisions, our discipline-specific special interest groups
  • Get involved in IFT Sections, our regional or international networking groups
  • Engage in IFT’s member-led, identity-based Resource Groups
  • Connect with anyone and everyone in the science of food at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo with a 30% discount on registration.
  • Use the “Find a Member” feature on IFT Member Connect to find information based on expertise, interest, location, or business affiliation and connect with all active IFT members.

Want to access the latest research, innovation, and trends to help you to stay informed, get inspired, and power your next scientific discovery? An IFT Premier Membership provides: 

  • The latest industry news, consumer trends, and product innovations in every issue of Food Technology magazine (a $209 value)
  • Unlimited access to in-depth food science and food safety research reviews in IFT’s Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety
  • Discounted subscription to Journal of Food Science (savings of more than $1,000)
  • Informative and thought-provoking discussions on IFT’s Omnivore and Sci Dish podcasts
  • Curated content collections and special reports, like our 2022 IFT Compensation & Career Path Report (a $179 value)

Want to showcase your knowledge, groundbreaking work, and professional commitment to a captivated audience? With an IFT Premier Membership, you’ll have: 

  • No page charges when selected to publish in the Journal of Food Science (a $2,000 value) or Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety (a $3,000 value)
  • Opportunities to showcase your expertise as part of the scientific program and technical research poster presentations at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo
  • $200 off the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Exam Application Fee, $100 off the CFS Exam Retest Fee, and $125 off the CFS Renewal Fee

Want to amplify your impact on IFT? With an IFT Premier Membership, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply to be considered to serve on IFT’s Board of Directors or Office of the President
  • Volunteer to play a key leadership role in IFT Divisions, Sections, Resource Groups, and Committees
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities related to IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo
  • Cast your vote. Voting Rights can be found in Article III, Section 3.2 in IFT’s Bylaws

Not sure if a Premier Membership is right for you? Compare the benefits of IFT’s membership options now. 

Have questions or need assistance? Contact us at [email protected] or by phone at +1.312.782.8424.

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