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Engage Your Senses at IFT FIRST Food Expo

Welcome to the future of food! See, taste, hear, smell, and feel what’s happening in the science of food. Experience the latest technology in the food industry. IFT FIRST brings together professionals, industry leaders and innovators from around the globe to explore the latest cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions to challenges impacting the global food system. At the Expo, you’ll discover the newest technologies and products, plus learn from experts that are revolutionizing the science of food community. What can you expect at the IFT FIRST Food Expo...A LOT!

What’s New at the Food Expo!

Taste of Science Stage
Inspiring 15-minute presentations showcasing how ingredients and science meld together. Be sure to stay for a special general session Wednesday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. CT.

IFT’s Exhibitor Locator Service
Check in here for recommendations on the best solution providers to support the products and services you are seeking

Self-guided Expo Hall Tours
Interested in charting your own path around the Expo Hall? Grab a map to find exhibitors who are showcasing new products and/or services including those featured on the Taste of Science stage.

FIRST Expo Experience 2023

Curating Your Expo Hall Experience

With over 850 exhibitors showcasing food and food science intelligence, non-stop samplings, demos, and tastings, the opportunities to connect with the most qualified ingredient, equipment, and technology providers is endless. And, did you know there is so much more happening exclusively on the Expo Floor including:

  • Daily access to our intelligence partners Innova, Mintel and SPINS who will showcase the latest food trend information and research.
  • The return of two attendee favorites. Visit specialized pavilions focused on food safety and organics and be sure to check out two newly-added agriculture pavilions from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the State of Iowa.
  • Business FIRST is the place where you’ll find live panels discussions focused on the business of food.
  • Visit the Startup Pavilion where 100 food and food tech startups showcase cutting-edge solutions and applications. Stay for The Pitch on Wednesday, July 19 where startup participants take part in a riveting speed pitch competition.

Hot tip 1: You can bookmark your favorite exhibitors via the IFT FIRST My Planner tool. It’s where you can save your choice of new suppliers, products, services plus review the complete list of exhibitors by alpha or category type.

Science FIRST in the Expo Hall

You also won’t want to miss all the scientific programming happening live from the Expo Hall including:

Research Showcase & Posters
Fireside Chats

Taste of Science General Session*
Innovation Lab*
*must-attend events on Wednesday

Explore these Science FIRST programs and more by visiting the Science Sessions Overview page.

Connection and Amenities in the Expo Hall

IFT Member Central Booth
Learn about IFT membership, attend a networking event open to all, or simply stop by to say hello.

Hot Tip 2: IFT Members can get a complimentary headshot exclusively at the booth!  If you aren’t a member, consider joining today!

IFT Global Hub (formerly International Lounge)
Meet up with colleagues and make new connections with other global travelers to IFT FIRST.

Recharge and Workspace Lounge
Take a moment to rest, check your email and charge your electronic devices.

IFT FIRST Expo Experience bubble graphic of attendees and exhibitor booths on a busy expo floor

Expo Hall Resources and Information

Review a snapshot of exhibitors below. Check out the full plan or explore the full list of exhibitors via the links below:

Search IFT FIRST Exhibitors     Explore Floor Plan

Exhibitor Preview List
Alchemeat Edlong
LBB Specialties
Ajinomoto Eurofins MicroDried
Alianza Team USA Enzyme Development Corporation MicroThermics
Almond Board of CA FlavorSum Mintel
Ardent Mills Florida Food Products Motif FoodWorks
Barentz Grain Processing Co. NETZSCH
BENEO Gelita Nexira
Bartek  GEA Group NiuSource
Bepex Givaudan Otrafy
BioVeritas GNT Paragon Pure
Blue California Helaina Prinova
Blue Nalu Hilmar Ingredients Quadra Ingredients
Butter Buds ICL Food Specialties Revela Foods
Caldic Ingredion Richardson Food & Ingredients
California Natural Color Innophos Roha
Cargill Innova Market Insights Schrodinger
CINDE  Innovafeed Sweegen
Clextral Jungbunzlauer Tate & Lyle
Colony Gums Layn Natural Ingredients Virginia Dare
Custom Flavors Leprino Nutrition Visionary Fiber Technologies
DSM Lemnature AquaFarms Wintersun


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Co-Marketing Partners

We appreciate our co-marketing partners from around the globe!




Special member registration rates and tiered registration discounts for attendees available.