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What is IFT FIRST?

IFT FIRST means Food Improved by Research, Science, and Technology. It is IFT’s response to the transformative nature of the global food system. IFT FIRST will bring together researchers, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs from across the global food value chain to discuss scientific solutions in presentations and panels focused on transformative innovation.

Attendees will have the chance to interact with 1,000+ exhibitors showcasing the latest innovative solutions, technologies, new products and ingredients. Experiential innovation areas, scientific posters and intentional networking are key pieces of the IFT FIRST experience. And, at IFT FIRST, you can conduct more business and learning in three short days than you might accomplish all year long.

A big crowd of attendees walking into IFT FIRST at McCormick Place in Chicago

Who Attends IFT FIRST?

  • Professionals in Brand Management: Chemistry; the C-Suite; Culinology/Menu Research; Flavors; Food Processing/Packaging Engineering; Food Safety/Quality Science; Food Science; Innovation; Investing; Laboratory; Nutrition; Ownership; Product Development; Research; Research & Development; Sales and Marketing; Supply Chain; Technical Services; Venture Capital Management; and more.
  • Educators and Students in Chemistry; Food Safety; Food Science; Microbiology; Nutrition; Sustainability; and more.
  • Global Government and Governing Bodies in Administration; Health and Nutrition; Quality; Regulatory Affairs; Safety; and more.
IFT FIRST 2024 hub and spoke graphic showing the core event features