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Why Attend IFT FIRST?

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IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo is the place where science of food professionals gather to debate and discuss science and new innovations, explore ingredients and technologies for the future, and collaborate on key issues impacting the global food system.

This year’s event theme – “Innovation in a Time of Crisis: Can We Future-Proof the Food System?” - is an experience you don’t want to miss as thousands of innovators, product developers, scientists and company leaders will be in attendance live and in-person at IFT FIRST.

Careers are long. Time is precious. You can maximize your time to connect, learn, and experience innovation firsthand at IFT FIRST. Here are some stats from those who attended in 2022!

  • 2/3 of 2022 attendees said they would return to IFT FIRST in 2023
  • Nearly 70 countries were represented at IFT FIRST
  • More than 6,000 attendees visited the Scientific posters area
  • Startup Pavilion was a hit - with nearly 7,000 people spending an average of 29 minutes

What Can You Expect in 2023?

  • IFT FIRST attendees walking through industry exhibitor boothsA Food Expo featuring more than 800 exhibitors offering the latest in food science intelligence, non-stop food tastings, and exposure to food tech innovation.
  • More than 100 scientific sessions and multi-disciplinary discussions focused on ground-breaking science and solutions in novel technology and innovation, sustainability and climate, food safety, and more. Explore the guiding questions that make up the scientific program.
  • Nearly 500 posters featuring cutting-edge science and research impacting the future of food.
  • Multiple opportunities for high-value, intentional networking with science of food professionals who can help you achieve your goals. Set up your own meetings with your colleagues and participate in Braindates for peer-to-peer engagement. Be sure to attend to the Monday Night Professional Networking event featuring 19 division socials.
  • Fireside chats and Business FIRST sessions on the Expo floor offering attendees 20- to 30-minute case studies and presentations on trends, ingredients, and applied science.
  • 100 food and food tech startups plus a multi-day pitch competition in the Startup Pavilion.

And, as a bonus, post-event attendees will have access to more than 110 pre-recorded presentations from scientific speakers who have been accepted to present at IFT FIRST.

Explore our programming:
Science FIRST      Business FIRST       Startup Pavilion       The Expo Experience

Who Attends IFT FIRST?

The ability to network and connect with peers and collaborators within the science of food community is of paramount importance when it comes to deciding on where to spend your time and resources. Consider this circle of attendee job functions and industries who will be represented at IFT FIRST.

Top Ten Industries Attending IFT FIRST graphicTop Job Functions of Attendees

  • R&D / Product Development / Innovation
  • Purchasing / Procurement
  • Academia/Research/Education
  • Research Chef / Recipe Developer/Culinologists
  • Supply Chain
  • Food Scientist / Formulator / Chemist
  • Package and process engineers
  • Food Safety / QC
  • Management
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Consulting
  • Startups and VCs

Your Experience at IFT FIRST

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.

Answer this simple question and click on the link to see your IFT FIRST curated journey.

Which of the following most strongly aligns with the reason you want to attend IFT FIRST?

Making the Case with Your Employer

In today’s environment, registrants need to be able to make a compelling appeal to gain buy-in from their employees. IFT wants to help.

Below is a downloadable toolkit including justification letters that you can use to make your case. All justification letters are available for download as word documents.

Attendee Justification Toolkit

Attend IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo and help future-proof the food system!

Register today!!