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June 2-5, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

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Get ready for new taste experiences courtesy of food expo product prototypes.

IFT President Cindy Stewart kicked off IFT18 on Sunday, July 15, with a ceremony celebrating leaders and innovators who are promoting progress in the science of food. 

Student winners in the division poster competition were recognized on Sunday afternoon at the Phi Tau Sigma and IFT Division Competition Awards Ceremony in McCormick Place.

First given in 1970, the IFT Fellow designation recognizes exemplary contributions to the field of food science and technology. Whether working in industry, academia, or the regulatory area, IFT Fellows have shaped the science of food in immeasurably valuable ways.

The three winning innovations enhance food safety, product quality and shelf life.

This year, Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition participants have been asked to develop a product for people living in regions of Southern and Eastern Africa, where two consecutive years of drought have resulted in rising food prices and increased food insecurity and malnutrition.

In its first year, the IFTSA Smart Snacks for Kids Competition challenges students to develop a fun and nutritious food or beverage product targeted at kids and/or teens.

Graduate students Molly Higgins of Pennsylvania State University, Abbey Thiel from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Anna Waller of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign will compete for top honors in the 2018 IFT Student Association (IFTSA) Thesis Video Competition sponsored by Campden BRI.

Student product developers from six universities will vie for top honors in the final rounds of the prestigious annual IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition at IFT18.
The IFT18 annual event and Food Expo will include a Food Safety and Quality Pavilion that will feature vendors offering options and solutions for food safety and quality. The following are brief descriptions of some exhibitors offering products for food safety and quality.