Chicago's Best and Brightest 2020
Chicago's Best and Brightest 2020

CHICAGO – July 22, 2020 – For the fourth consecutive year, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) was named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, a recognition presented by the National Association for Business Resources. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For program honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.

“This has been a unique year for IFT, as we shifted our day-to-day operations to best support our employees both personally and professionally, while also honing in on strategic efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion,” said Lauren Friedman, IFT’s director of human resources. “Whether in certain or uncertain times, IFT is committed to supporting the wellbeing of our employees, and we are proud of our continued recognition as one of the best places to work in Chicago.”

The Best and Brightest programs identify, recognize, and celebrate the organizations that epitomize Better Business. Richer Lives. Stronger Communities. Specifically, the application process evaluates organizations on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.

Click here to view the full list of the 2020 Best and Bright Companies to Work For in Chicago. Select companies will be honored on Friday, July 24, 2020 during this year’s digital winners’ celebration.


About the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole.

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