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Why Attend IFT FIRST?

IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo is where advocacy for science and the power of collaboration + innovation take center stage. The entire food value chain will come together at IFT FIRST. Be part of this pivotal event dedicated to shaping the future of food.

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What Can You Expect in 2024?

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  • Engage all five senses at the largest global food science and innovation expo plus interact with 1,000+ exhibitors showcasing the latest new products and innovative solutions, technologies, and ingredients.
  • More than 100 scientific sessions and discussions focused on this year’s theme of Collaboration + Innovation: How Can Food Science and Technology Transform the Food System?
  • Endless opportunities to connect with industry experts and innovators plus high value intentional networking through professional events and Braindates focused on peer-to-peer engagement.
  • Embark on an exhilarating journey through the IFT FIRST Innovation Lab, a self-paced product development experience where participants are not just observers but active creators as they enter a museum-like workshop focused on igniting your imagination and sparking bold, new ideas. (Note: Available to all. Wednesday only)
  • Visit the Startup Pavillion where up to 100 food and food tech startups showcase cutting-edge solutions and applications. Stay for The Startup Pitch Finale on Wednesday to see who wins IFT FIRST’s best Startup Pitch of 2024!
  • Maximize your time. Accomplish a year’s worth of business and career goals in three days: learn from colleagues, generate new leads, and deepen customer relationships. Invest in your future.

Explore our programming:
Science FIRST      Transformative Research       Startup Pavilion       The Expo Experience

Who Attends IFT FIRST?

The ability to network and connect with peers and collaborate with a diverse crowd who have a variety of job roles within the global food value chain is a benefit of attending IFT FIRST. Don’t miss out.

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  • 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.

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Knowing the who, what, and why of an event is important in the decision-making process, but you may be wondering what the experience might be like for you.

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