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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 and innovation within the science of food community. It’s the place where professionals, industry leaders and innovators from around the globe come 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!

FIRST Expo Experience 2023

Curating Your Expo Hall Experience

With more than 1,000 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 who will showcase the latest food trend information and research.
  • 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 where startup participants take part in a riveting speed pitch competition.
  • Taste of Science Stage
    Inspiring 15-minute presentations showcasing how ingredients and science meld together. 
  • 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.

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 and Posters
Fireside Chat icon   Innovation Lab icon

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.

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 floor plan via the link below:

Explore Floor Plan


Exhibitor Preview List
AAK Eurofins Morton Salt
Ajinomoto FlavorSum MGP Ingredients
American Egg Board Florida Food Products NETZSCH
Angel Yeast Foodology by Univar Solutions Nexira
Ardent Mills Gadot Biochemical Industries NiuSource
B&D Nutritional Ingredients GEA Group NURA
Barentz Canada Gelita Nutra Food Ingredients
Bell Flavors & Fragrances Givaudan Ocean Spray
Bartek Grain Processing Co. Paste & Juice
Bepex Hilmar Ingredients Prinova
Biorigin ICL Food Specialties Quadra Ingredients
BioVeritas IMCD Revela Foods
Blue California Ingredion Richardson Food & Ingredients
Brenntag Innova Market Insights Roha
Bunge Jungbunzlauer Roquette
Butter Buds Kemin Industries Rousselot
Caldic Kraft Heinz Ingredients Schrodinger
Calidra Group KSM-66 Ashwagandha Shandong Bailong Chuangyuan Biotech
California Natural Color Kyowa Hakko Sunsweet Growers
Cargill Layn Natural Ingredients Sweegen
Carmi Flavor & Fragrance LBB Specialties Tate & Lyle
Clextral Leprino Nutrition The Ingredient House
Colony Gums MicroDried Team Foods Colombia
Custom Flavors MicroThermics TurtleTree
DSM Mintel Virginia Dare
Edlong Milk Specialtes Global Wintersun
Enzyme Development Corporation MontBlancAI Yolélé


Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor?
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Special member registration rates and tiered registration discounts for attendees available.