Looking for the ultimate brain food to spark new product ideas, stay abreast of the latest advances in food science and technology, and gain a competitive edge? Then head to Chicago this summer to attend the IFT Annual Meeting & Food ExpoSM.

You’ll join more than 20,000 top food science and industry professionals from around the world to learn the hottest trends and innovations in product development. Plus, you’ll hone your skills, share insights with peers, and make new friends and business contacts.

Taking place July 28–August 1, 2007, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the only event that brings together professionals from industry, government, and academia—from all of the many disciplines involved in food science and technology. You’ll gain more value from these five action-packed days than you’ll get at any other event this year.

Special Sessions
A variety of thought-provoking and educational sessions will stimulate both your right brain and left brain. The Sunday morning keynote session will feature Jason Jennings, business leader and best-selling author of It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small ... It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow, Less is More, and Think Big, Act Small. Part of Jennings’ presentation will focus on the key leadership traits of the most-productive and best-performing companies.

On Monday morning, a panel of senior food executives will address industry approaches to health, wellness, and foods. Moderated by Cathy Kapica, Director of Global Health and Wellness, Ketchum Food and Nutrition, the panel includes Marc Belton, EVP–Worldwide Health, Brand, and New Business Development, General Mills; Lance Friedmann, Senior Vice President–Global Health & Wellness and Sustainability, Kraft Foods; and Antonio Lucio, Chief Health Wellness and Innovation Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.

The panelists will explore the opportunities and challenges of making health and wellness products work in the market and ultimately grow business. In addition, about 40 special sessions on the theme "Health, Wellness, and Foods" will be offered as part of the Scientific Program. Cognis is the primary sponsor of the Monday morning panel session and sponsor of the Health-Promoting Ingredients and Foods element of the "Health, Wellness, and Foods" theme sessions.

On Tuesday morning, Food Technology magazine will present a panel discussion on "Where Do We Go From Here? The Experts Speak Out!" Moderated by Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan, the panel will discuss future directions, new product opportunities in both retail and foodservice, and regulatory issues facing the food industry in North America and abroad. Panelists will include Barbara Katz, President, HealthFocus International; LuAnn Williams, Senior Analyst, Innova Market Insights; Joe Pawlak, Vice President, Technomic, Inc.; and Peter Barton Hutt, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP.

Scientific Program
IFT’s Scientific Program—the global forum for food scientists, food technologists, and food industry professionals seeking sound science—encompasses more than 150 educational sessions and more than 1,400 presentations by experts in their respective fields. Hear about the latest developments and research in food science, discover new products and technologies, and exchange ideas. Choose from a variety of educational formats—symposia, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, and more—to match your personal learning style.

More than 85% of attendees consistently rate the Scientific Program as providing good to excellent informational value.

As a complement to the Scientific Program, several Professional Development Sessions will be held on July 31. Topics include "How to Negotiate with Vendors and Suppliers," "The Essentials of Communicating with Diplomacy and Professionalism," "Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Management," and "Excelling as a Highly Effective Team Leader."

Food Expo
You can see how the science is applied at the IFT Food Expo®. More than 1,000 exhibitors will be on hand to introduce you to new products, tools, techniques, and services. You’ll be able to sample ingredients in finished-product applications, see advances in packaging and processing technologies, learn about innovations in analytical instruments, and keep abreast of developments in food safety and product quality. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to talk directly with suppliers and find solutions to your problems or obtain help with upcoming projects.

Visit our specialty pavilions on the Food Expo floor that showcase important and emerging industry trends. This year’s pavilions include Healthy Food Ingredients, Organic Food Ingredients, Global Food Safety & Quality, International, and New Products Showcase.

At the IFT/RCA Culinology® Demonstrations, teams of food scientists, research chefs, and students will formulate and prepare novel food products to meet emerging market trends.

For the first time, a New Products & Technologies Forum will be held on the exhibit floor. Separate from the traditional New Products & Technologies sessions, this forum is designed to promote more comprehensive, interactive presentations.

Register Today and Save
Save $100 on your registration fee when you register by June 29. If you’re not an IFT member, save even more when you join IFT and register for the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo at the same time. Visit www.ift.org/amfe for fee information and to register.

Additional Learning Opportunities
When making your plans to attend the 2007 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, make the most of your travel by attending the specialized events being held before, during, and after the event.

Pre-Annual Meeting Short Courses
Maximize the educational value you gain from your visit to the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo by registering for one or more Short Courses. Visit www.ift.org/amfe for more information and to register.

July 28 – One-Day Courses:
• Introduction to Nanobiotechnology

• New-Generation Oils

July 27-28 – Two-Day Courses:
• Flavor Interactions in Foods

• Food Packaging for the Non-Packaging Professional

• Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist

• From Concept to Commercialization: Blending Culinary Arts and Food Science

• Ingredient Applications for Total Health & Wellness

• Nonthermal Processing Technologies

• Preparing for Third-Party Audits

Global Chinese Health Food Symposium 2007
July 27-28

The Chinese American Food Society will host a symposium in conjunction with the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. For more information and to register, visit www.chinesehealthfood.net.

IFT International Food Nanoscience Conference
August 1

The second annual International Food Nanoscience Conference will be held in conjunction with the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

Global Food Safety & Quality Conference
August 1

IFT’s Global Food Safety & Quality Conference will focus on Food Defense. Attendees will participate in a demonstration of CARVER + Shock methodology, a tool to assess the vulnerability of the food system.