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About the Expo

A Matter of Discovery

Exhibit with Purpose with IFT

Food Expo Dates and Times:
Monday, July 16 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.

There is so much to do and see at the IFT18 Food Expo!

New! Food Expo Expands to the North Hall
New this year, IFT is excited to announce the expansion of the IFT Food Expo into both the North and South Halls of McCormick Place. This expansion allows for additional opportunities to feature more exhibitors from new and varied product areas to provide you new opportunities to learn about new products, trends, and insights.

Specialty Pavilions
  • IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley powered by Ingredion (North Hall)
    IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley where you will get to meet one-on-one with a selected group of leading, cutting-edge entrepreneurs developing some of the most innovative products and solutions.
  • Organics Pavilion (North Hall)
    Showcasing the latest products and trends in organics and naturals by suppliers from around the globe.
  • New Exhibitor Pavilion (North Hall)
    Designed to make it easy for attendees to locate the newest products and technologies, this program is prominently featured in event materials, on the event website, in the mobile app, and more.
  • China Pavilion (South Hall)
    A comprehensive collection of new products, ingredients and vendors from China in one convenient location.
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance Pavilion (South Hall)
    Looking for what’s next in food safety and quality assurance technologies, processes, services, and packaging? Be sure to make the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Pavilion one of you must see destinations at IFT18
  • On Trend powered by Innova Market Insights (North Hall)
    A true attendee favorite for both R&D and marketing teams alike, this pavilion is the place for you to get the latest insights on new product trends
    Mega Drivers, Colorful Choices, A Snacking Evolution and Healthy People & Planet
Consumer Trend and Insights Pavilions
  • Innova Market Insights
    Features the popular Taste the Trend Pavilion, offering up-to-date consumer information, along with daily presentations
  • Mintel’s Intelligence Zone
    Interact with some of the world’s most successful and innovative products, attend small group presentations and ask questions to help inform your future business strategy
  • Cooking Up Science Ingredient Showcase (North Hall)
    Offered on the Food Expo floor, Cooking Up Science Ingredient Showcase features live cooking demonstrations highlighting one special ingredient.

    Monday, July 16
    12:00 – 12:30pm, American Egg Board
    3:00 – 3:30pm, TBD

    Tuesday, July 17
    12:00 – 12:30pm, The Almond Board
    3:00 – 3:30pm, Pure Circle

    Tuesday, July 17
    12:00 – 12:30pm, TBD

New! Registration for IFT18 will be located in the North Hall.

Who's at the Food Expo?

A sampling of participating companies:
Ajinomoto NA
Almond Board of CA
Blue California
Carmi Flavors
DSM/Fortitech Premixes
Idaho Milk Products
Morton Salt
Naturex Inc
Pulse Canada


Be seen at the largest food tradeshow attracting over 20,000 attendees representing food science and technology professionals from over 90 countries across the globe.