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About SHIFT20

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer

A unique approach. A new technology. A small insight. A big shift.

The competitive landscape is changing. New forces and factors influence our work every day. New challenges present new opportunities and with those opportunities we are challenged to adapt, adopt, and progress.

SHIFT20 Virtual Event and Expo—see food innovation with a whole new lens. Join us. Register today!


SHIFT20 Sneak Peek—Here’s What to Expect

This year’s virtual event and expo offers a ton of rich content, research, product solutions, thought leadership, and engaging networking opportunities via a robust globally accessible website experience. Once registrants are logged in, they’re able to take advantage of an extensive and highly engaging virtual experience. And the best part, access to all this content will also be available on-demand months after the event has taken place. An incredible value!

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  • Virtual Expo and Solution Provider Showcase

    This year’s virtual expo showcases over 200 leading ingredient and solution provider company’s from around the globe—and you can easily search and find them by name, category, keyword, or new product via the robust SHIFT20 Planner and Exhibitor Showcase website. Each exhibitor’s showcase landing page provides a plethora of helpful information about each company including products, whitepapers, videos, and more. In addition, registrants and guests alike can access/create an account in the SHIFT20 Planner and Exhibitor Showcase site to create a personalized schedule of favorited exhibitors, sessions, and events to access at a later date.

    In addition to accessing information about a company’s products and services, during the three-day event attendees can also:

    • Exchange virtual business cards with exhibitors
    • Chat via instant message
    • Schedule a video call for up to 14 people
    • Attend a scheduled virtual presentation or event hosted by the company

    Each day of the event power hours are scheduled when exhibiting companies will have product experts available to answer any questions you will have in real-time from their showcase pages. Post event, you’ll still be able to access the site to reach out with questions or to review product information via your saved personalized schedule.

    Planner and Exhibitor Showcase Site

  • Virtual Event: Featured Speakers, Panels and Fireside Chats

    Featured speakers, panel discussions, and fireside chat sessions are scheduled each day of the event at specified times. Some of these sessions are pre-recorded with live Q&A and others will be offered in real-time with live Q&A. These sessions are a great way to engage with speakers, panelists, and others attending the virtual event.

    Visit the Schedule at a Glance to see featured speakers, panelist, and fireside chat guests each day.

  • On-Demand Scientific Sessions and Technical Research Presentations

    In addition to the scheduled featured speaker sessions, registrants will also have access to over 100 on-demand scientific session presentations and over 700 on-demand technical research presentations. Find topics or speakers easily by using the robust sessions and presentations search offered through the SHIFT20 Planner and Exhibitor Showcase site. Here you can search by speaker name, topic, session type, featured channels, or keyword.

    Added bonus—registered attendees can login to the planner and favorite all of the sessions they want to view and access them for a full year after the event. That’s right, now you don’t need to miss out on any of the education or research presentations. It’s an extensive on-demand library of all the latest thought leadership, research, and insights shaping the future of food!

  • Eve Turow-Paul and Real-time Product Development Hackathon

    Globally-recognized writer and thought-leader on youth culture and the food system, Eve Turow-Paul will kick off the product development hackathon on Wednesday afternoon with a presentation on Hacking Millennial and Gen Z Tastes. Following her presentation, Bob Jones, CEO of Scientific Nutrition Products, Inc., will lead the a real-time, product development virtual hackathon. Come ready to participate or just watch!

    Vist the SHIFT20 Planner and Exhibitor Showcase to add this event to your personal schedule.

  • Robust Profile Directory

    Registered attendees and exhibitors will be able to create a robust profile in the event platform. This profile has all the bells and whistles of LinkedIn PLUS more features!

    • Attending speakers and research presenters content will be automatically integrated into their profile from their submitted registration information
    • Profiles also leverage the robust platform database to make suggestions for potential attendee and expert connections.
    • You can also search for contacts by business affiliation, company sector, IFT Division, tracks, and keywords

    The profile directory will become available a few days before the event opens on July 13. Be on the lookout for the “Know Before You Go” email from IFT.

  • Networking on Steroids

    In addition to all the great content and resources provided throughout the virtual event and expo, attendees will also be able to attend a host of real-time, virtual social and networking events each day. These include virtual IFT Division Receptions, end of day social events, and exhibitor social events. Throughout all of the virtual event and expo offerings are built in features to like, chat, and follow attendees, exhibitors, and content allowing you to build an extremely robust directory of who’s who in your areas of interest. We’ll also have some fun virtual activities for those looking for more introverted activities.

    Visit the SHIFT20 Planner and Exhibitor Showcase for a full schedule of networking and social events.


Researchers, scientists, innovators, and business leaders will converge at IFT20’s virtual event and expo providing you limitless opportunities to make new connections and expand your professional contacts.
Over 100 scientific and applied sessions, 600 research presentations and numerous provocative hot topics and IFTNEXT presentations. 
Learn what’s next from the most diverse food industry solution providers from around the globe. 
IFT20 is the place, the platform, and the event that helps the food industry imagine, learn, connect, and shift to what’s possible.