Feed your future
June 2-5, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley

Feed Your CuriosityJune 3 – 5, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley, is better than ever. Come visit a leading group of future-forward entrepreneurs developing, displaying some of the most innovative products and solutions in the food science industry.

Start-Up Alley Pitch Sessions
IFT19 Start-Ups will be presenting their products and services on the IFTNEXT stage on Monday and Tuesday from 10-10:45. Be sure to check it out!

IFT19 Participating Startups


Aroma Bit Inc.
Aroma Bit has invented a small sensor that can digitize smell. R&D teams in the food and beverage industry are using the sensors to collect olfactory (scent) data of product samples and are exploring new ways to utilize the technology for quality control and automation. We also developed the world’s first search engine based on the user's preference of similar scented products such as wine, sake, coffee and cheese.


Brightseed Inc

Brightseed Inc.
Developer of Forager discovery platform designed to naturally improve the quality of life. The company's solutions combine machine learning and systems biology to discover naturally occurring compounds with proven clinical benefits for health and wellness along with rebalancing human metabolism, enabling customers to reduce risk and ameliorate consequences of chronic diseases and allowing individuals to better process harmful excess fat.



FreshSurety reduces food waste keeping bad food out of the supply system, saves energy by stopping bad food from being shipped around just to be thrown away, and detects pathogens keeping customers safer. We provide freshness information based on actual measured respiratory state to the fresh food supply chain the Condition of the fresh food product, Days Remaining life, Targeted Chemicals, and Alarms on Microbial Contamination. Works on fresh fruits & vegetables, chicken and fish.


Gabanna Foods

Gabanna Foods
Gabanna Pasta made with Green Bananas, gluten-free and designed for perfect nutrition and great taste. Our products are a part of the Shared Value food system. By direct sourcing partnerships, we ensure better economic value for the smallholder farmers. The Greenbananas go straight from the farm to our processing location. By making good agreements with the farmers, we ensure honest compensation for this important ingredient. Fair value for the farmer, that you can taste on your plate.



Heliponix, LLC
GroPod, by Heliponix, disrupts the way consumers obtain produce by converting highly perishable goods to non-perishable pods through an IoT enabled device. The goal is to find the most efficient form of agriculture, and that means farming with the least amount of space, energy, and water without compromising our commitment to growing the highest quality food. For inspiration they looked to nature, and were influenced by the helix found in DNA segments.


iSense AG

iSense AG
Get started with digital flavors! iSense AG is a sensory operation and a B2B marketplace dedicated to flavors. It creates unique sensory profiles for flavors, making it easy for flavor houses and Food & Beverages makers to optimize, benchmark, search and promote extensive flavor collections. While iSense’s sensory data brings comparability and discrimination between flavors, its digital tools generate productivity, commercial reach and accelerate innovation.



Monash University Low FODMAP Diet
Monash University is a leading research university and a leading expert on the role of food in gut health. Monash researchers developed the Low FODMAP Diet and resources to help those with IBS manage their IBS. FODMAPs are short-chain carbs (fermentable, oliogosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) which are common and have been associated with the symptoms of IBS. Monash tests and certifies brands and foods if they are Low FODMAP foods for people with IBS.


Renewal Mill

Renewal Mill
Renewal Mill is a next-generation ingredients company that upcycles the byproducts of food manufacturing into premium ingredients. We provide manufacturers with a complete solution that offers financial returns & eliminates disposal headaches. Our initial ingredient is okara flour, a high fiber, high protein gluten free flour made from the byproduct of soymilk production. Starting with okara, we’re creating a new circular economy of food that reduces waste and provides nutrition & taste to conscious consumers.


Victory Hemp Foods

Victory Hemp Foods
Victory Hemp Foods creates uniquely high-function ingredients that deliver the nutritional power of hemp in sensory-attractive formats, with complete protein and high in Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Victory makes proprietary light colored and neutrally flavored hemp proteins & oils (and traditional hemp formats) for on-trend plant-based foods & beverages, all sourced directly from American farms. Victory Hemp Foods produces hemp ingredients for food, beverage, craft brew and distillery, skin care, CBD and pet markets.


Yarok Microbio Ltd

Yarok Microbio Ltd.
Yarok Microbio has developed a new fast-testing technology for the fresh food industry that is based on a new biotechnological approach. While traditional testing systems take days and most rapid tests still require 18 to 32 hours, Yarok’s system provides detection-clear results within 45 minutes and final results within the timeframe of a production shift. By completing testing before products leave the production facility, producers can help prevent product recalls, lawsuits, and damaged reputations while safeguarding consumer health.


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  • Participating Exhibitor Criteria

    Start-Up Alley is a part of the IFTNEXT program. To be considered, the product or service must be representative of IFTNEXT. The product or service:

    1. Demonstrates an innovative product filling a gap or new solution to a problem that is in or impacts the broad realm of the food industry 
    2. Uses science, creativity, and new thinking that offers a disruptive approach to an existing product category related to the food industry
    • The startup company’s primary business focus needs to be in food or food technology related domains.
    • Wholly owned, registered entity and not a subsidiary of another company.
    • The company must have a finished, available, in market product or service.
    • Founded within the past 5 years.
    •  Have never exhibited at the annual IFT event.
  • Startup Alley Interest Form
  • Package Details and Pricing

    IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley Exhibitor package participation fee is $750 and includes the following:

    • Pitch opportunity at the IFTNEXT stage
    • Dedicated kiosk booth space in a prominent location on the IFT Food Expo floor
    • Electric and internet drops included
    • Company recognition in marketing promotions to IFT19 and onsite
    • Access to IFT media list before, during, and after the IFT annual meeting
    • (2) Full access to IFT19 educational sessions, presentations, and the IFT Food Expo (1,000+ food industry companies)

    Secure your IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley IFT19 Booth Today!

    Questions? Contact Carli Lloyd at [email protected]

  • Benefits of Exhibiting

    More than 80% of attendees make or influence their company’s buying decisions.

    Exhibiting at the IFT Food Expo will help you...

    • Get more qualified leads and accelerate your sales process
    • Build deeper relationships with current and prospective customers
    • Increase exposure and awareness to industry-established companies 
    • Gain access to valuable year-round marketing and sponsorship opportunities
    • See what your competitors are doing to help you keep your competitive edge
  • IFT18 Participating Startups
    airPHX Environmental

    airPHX Environmental
    airPHX  Environmental sells technology that reduces airborne and surface pathogens that plague the food processing and storage industries.  Unlike existing air purifiers (UV, filters, etc.) the company’s technology treats both surfaces and the air and can be scalable to large industrial sized applications. 


    AmazStev Inc. 
    AmazStev Inc. is a Canadian food ingredient company that specializes in natural sweeteners. It has developed a natural process that has unlocked the full potential of stevia extracts and gives formulators a straightforward solution for reducing sugar without compromising taste. Using a novel, proprietary process called NuSense™, the company can eliminate the bitter and astringent aftertaste typically associated with stevia and improve its sweetness profile. In addition, the ingredient enhances the taste and flavors of food, synergizing with sweet, fruity, and savory notes, while attenuating off-notes from many functional or nutraceutical ingredients. No bio-synthesis and no bio-processing—it comes from the Earth and can be certified organic.


    Aryballe Technologies
    Aryballe Technologies develops and manufactures mobile, connected, universal odor sensors. Based on a unique combination of technologies (optics, biochemistry, electronics, and IT), the company’s digital nose NeOse™ Pro allows the detection and identification of odors via their interaction with 60+ sensors bio-inspired by human olfaction. More than 800 odors have been detected, digitized, and stored in odor databases for subsequent comparison or matching. Aryballe’s solution integrates sensor,, odor databases, and software for data visualization and analysis. Applications for the food industry range from the farm to fork: quality control to ensure batch-to-batch consistency (raw materials, processes, finished products), support to R&D for new product development, and support for panel testers.


    AseptoRay has developed a technology based on UV light that effectively pasteurizes a wide range of liquids—from turbid juices to milk. The pasteurization process is non-thermal and as a result saves about 75% in energy costs compared to traditional thermal pasteurization. It is also an attractive alternative to HPP. The technology effectively eliminates heat resistant spores, yeasts, and molds, which significantly elongates the product’s shelf life and improves the safety and quality of the liquids. AseptoRay’s solution is completely natural and environmentally friendly.


    Ecovatec Solutions
    Ecovatec Solutions is a private Canadian-based egg yolk processing company that is dedicated to delivering premium egg yolk ingredients to the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries. Ecovatec is at the forefront of the development of bioactive proteins and is the first and only producer of hen egg phosvitin and phosvitin phosphopeptides (PPP). The company also specializes in high density lipoproteins, phospholipids, and egg oil produced without using harsh solvents or high temperatures, which denature the proteins.


    Geltor makes animal-free collagen by designing microbes to produce the protein efficiently in large fermenters. The company’s product is a pure protein ingredient that offers performance, consistency, and sustainability benefits to large enterprise customers.


    Micreos Food Safety
    Micreos Food Safety develops natural phage products against dangerous bacteria in the food chain and is viewed as product leader in this field. Its brand, PhageGuard, contributes to safer food production by making use of phages, the natural enemy of bacteria. PhageGuard Listex and PhageGuard S are specifically targeted to kill Listeria and Salmonella, leaving the desirable bacteria intact. They are smart, green, and easy to apply on food via spray, mist, or dip. They have no effect on taste, color, texture, or odor of the final product. Approved as a processing aid, phages do not require labelling.


    PFHIX Inc.
    Twenty-five years ago, Lynn A Hesson introduced the idea of popping candy using carbonated crystals. Today, carbonated crystals have become a widely used ingredient in products ranging from drinks to yogurts to chocolate. Hesson is now reinventing crystals as a breakthrough delivery vehicle for nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, and other active ingredients. Using an IP (patent pending), PFHIX Crystal delivery is poised to become the "next big thing" in the health products marketplace.


    Phytoption LLC
    Phytoption LLC, an innovative start-up built on plant-based technologies. The company offers proprietary, clean-label, and sustainable ingredients to the food industry. One of its primary products is clean-label food emulsifier, Floura™, which is a flour-based emulsifier. It offers several major benefits to applications such as color and flavor, dairy, frozen dessert, bakery, meat product, dressing, sauce, cereals, creamer, and beverage. The technical performance of Floura™ supersedes that of most synthetic and natural food emulsifiers.


    PLANETARIANS’ patent-pending technology adds value to overlooked ingredients like defatted seeds, converts them into a high-protein, high-fiber ingredient, and helps food manufacturers fortify a variety of food products with natural protein and fiber from seeds.


    Renmatix is a leader in the global plant-based technology movement. It has introduced simple cellulose—an ingredient for every day cooking. It is a first-of-its-kind product that offers effective emulsification, texturizing, and humectancy simultaneously for a wide array of food categories. Renmatix’s proprietary Plantrose® process uses only water to deconstruct plants into multi-functional materials that provide allergen-free options to replace eggs, enhance gluten-free products, or extend freshness.


    SinnoVita’s Vitero Complex is a customizable bioactive-fortified protein ingredient with superior health and food functionality. Vitero takes advantage of plant bioactive compounds to naturally bind to edible animal or plant-derived proteins to form functional complexes. The technology allows for valuable health promoting and disease preventative active compounds derived from nature to be concentrated into just a small amount of protein matrix, eliminating the need to consume or deliver bioactives in the form of several servings of fruit for example. Sinnovita will tailor this ingredient process to the goals of its customers and license the technology for this purpose. 


    Stillwater Specialty Ingredients
    Stillwater Ingredients develops, manufactures, and distributes RIPPLE SC (Soluble Cannabinoids), a proprietary suite of low-calorie, shelf-stable formulations of water-soluble cannabinoids such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). RIPPLE SC is designed for scale manufacturing, mixing easily into wet or dry food systems while remaining robust to standard commercial food manufacturing processes. With RIPPLE SC, manufacturers can infuse fast-acting, water-soluble cannabinoids into any food environment using standard commercial kitchen or food production equipment and with no noticeable impact on flavor, consistency, texture, or appearance -- no specialized knowledge or processing required.


    TastyTowne uses an innovative functional ingredient blend not currently available in the market to create cookies, cakes, and candies with under 2 net carbs per serving, but which perfectly emulate the taste, texture, and mouthfeel of traditional desserts.  Our blend is adaptable to many culinary applications and unprecedented among sugar replacements in achieving taste and chew indistinguishable from foods rich in starch and sugar without the use of maltitol, wheat flour, gluten, or artificial sweeteners.  Our principal nutritional goal in product development is minimization of blood sugar impact.


    TreeLife Coco Sugar
    TreeLife Coco Sugar has developed several premium coconut products: premium coconut wine that doesn’t have a match in the market. The company also produces a coconut wine vinegar for chef premium cooking. The slow heat virgin coconut oil production is also a potential product. The clarity, smell, and texture is not common among virgin coconut oil producers.


    Zea10 LLC
    The Zea10 founders used their unique set of interests including crop sustainability, health, active nutrition, and beer brewing to investigate more nutritional and sustainable uses for spent brewer’s grains. The company’s food scientists and engineers developed a patent-pending process to further process spent brewer’s grains into all-natural plant protein and fiber ingredients. Today, Zea10 is purifying brewer’s spent grain into mild tasting soluble plant protein concentrates and isolates as well as fiber ingredients at its recently completed New Jersey facility. It is set to transform the food and active nutrition industries by offering all-natural functional food ingredients, sustainably produced, that are rooted in the beer making process.

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