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Recent IFT Releases

Feeding Tomorrow Fund of IFT Opens Scholarship Applications for Students Pursuing Science of Food Careers

The Feeding Tomorrow Fund of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced that applications are now open for more than 40 undergraduate scholarships and 25 graduate scholarships.

IFT FIRST Startup Pavilion to Include Pitch Competition with $15,000 in Prizes Sponsored by the Seeding The Future Foundation

In the Startup Pavilion, food or food-related startups will have the opportunity to participate in a multi-stage rapid-pitch competition spanning three days during this year’s IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, which is being held July 16-19, 2023, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

IFT Board President Dr. Chris Downs Assumes New Role as Director of Australia’s Food and Beverage Accelerator Trailblazer Program

IFT is excited to share that IFT Board President, Dr. Chris Downs, has assumed a new role as Director of the Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) Trailblazer program funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and hosted by The University of Queensland. The FaBA Trailblazer program is expected to help attract more than $1 billion in investment and generate more than 15,000 jobs across the Australian food and beverage sector.

The Institute of Food Technologists and Seeding The Future Foundation Announce Winners for Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

Out of over 600 application submissions from 75 countries, three organizations were selected to receive Growth Grants and two organizations were selected to receive Seeding The Future Grand Prizes.

Institute for Food Technologists Releases 2022 Compensation and Career Path Report

The Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) has released its 2022 Compensation and Career Path Report, which examines compensation, job satisfaction, workplace challenges and overall career trends in food science.

Bryan Hitchcock Named Institute of Food Technologists’ Chief Science and Technology Officer

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced the promotion of Bryan Hitchcock to chief science and technology officer, a top leadership position within the nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system.

The Institute of Food Technologists and Seeding the Future Foundation Announce Seed Grant Winners, Finalists for Growth Grants and Grand Prizes for Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and Seeding The Future Foundation today announced the Seed Grant winners and finalists for Growth Grants and Grand Prizes of the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge. Out of over 600 application submissions from 75 countries, eight organizations were selected to receive Seed Grants and 11 finalists were identified for Growth Grants and Seeding The Future Grand Prizes.

The Institute of Food Technologists Partners with Mexico Section IFT to Support Global Science of Food Community

CHICAGO – September 28, 2022 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced it has partnered with the first IFT section in Latin America, Mexico Section IFT, to further support connection among the global food system communities and promote the science of food and its applications. The Mexico Section is the fourth international section of IFT, joining the U.K., British Columbia and Japan.

Christopher G. Downs, PhD, Named Institute of Food Technologists’ 83rd President

CHICAGO – September 1, 2022 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced Christopher (Chris) Downs, PhD, as its 83rd President. IFT is a nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system. Downs follows IFT’s 2021-2022 President Vickie Kloeris, MS, CFS.

The Institute of Food Technologists and the Seeding The Future Foundation Announce the Return of the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

CHICAGO, IL – May 25, 2022 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), in collaboration with the Seeding The Future Foundation, is proud to announce the return of the seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge. With up to 811 million people across the globe suffering from hunger and facing food-related challenges, the goal of the Challenge is to inspire and support innovative, diverse, and multidisciplinary teams to develop game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system, as well as make healthier diets more accessible and empower consumers to make choices benefitting both personal and planetary health.