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Recent IFT Releases

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.

IFT Announces New Senior Director, Government Affairs and Nutrition

CHICAGO – March 16 – The Institute of Food Technologists today announced the addition of Anna Rosales, RD as the new Senior Director of Government Affairs and Nutrition. Rosales joins IFT after a decade with Barilla and nearly fifteen years of experience as a registered dietician. In her role, Rosales will lead nutrition science initiatives, Codex engagement and coordinate government affairs for IFT’s Science and Policy Initiatives team.

IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo Returns with New In-person & Virtual Experiences

CHICAGO – March 8, 2022 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) announced its annual event will return both in-person and online with a new and improved lineup of content and programming. IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo, whose updated brand is an acronym for Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology, will take place July 10-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Institute of Food Technologists Announces Winners for Inaugural Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

CHICAGO – Jan. 27, 2022 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced winners for the inaugural Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge– an initiative which seeks to inspire and support innovative, diverse and multidisciplinary teams to create game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system.

Feeding Tomorrow Announces Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students Pursuing Degrees in the Science of Food

CHICAGO – Dec. 15, 2021 – Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), today announced that applications are now open for more than 30 undergraduate scholarships and more than 20 graduate scholarship opportunities.

Institute of Food Technologists Welcomes Two New Senior Leaders

CHICAGO – Nov. 18, 2021 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced two new additions to its senior leadership team.

Institute of Food Technologists Announces Finalists for the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

CHICAGO – Oct. 27, 2021 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced finalists for the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge–an initiative which seeks to inspire and support passionate, creative, diverse and multidisciplinary teams to create game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system. Out of nearly 900 preliminary submissions, four finalists were selected in the Seeding The Future Grand Prize category, two of which will be awarded $250,000. Six finalists were selected for the Growth Grant, which will award $100,000 each to three winners.

Vickie Kloeris, MS, CFS Named Institute of Food Technologists’ 82nd President

CHICAGO – Sept. 1, 2021 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced Vickie Kloeris, MS, CFS as its 82nd president. IFT is a nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system. Kloeris follows Noel Anderson, PhD, IFT’s 2020 – 2021 president.

IFTSA Celebrates 2021 Winners

The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) recognized more than 20 student groups from around the globe as winners of the 2021 IFTSA competitions. IFT announced the winners virtually at FIRST, IFT’s newly reimagined annual event.   

Seafood Industry Traceability Pilot Confirms That Standards Are Key to Supply Chain Interoperability

Key Industry Stakeholders Collaborate Using GS1 and GDST Standards to Support the Advancement of Supply Chain Digitization and to Prepare for Pending Traceability Requirements