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Feeding our planet takes firsts.

This past year challenged our global food system more than ever before. With these challenges comes a greater need to stretch, dig deeper, problem solve, and ignite new and innovative solutions to bring our world better and more accessible food.

Our world needs FIRST—food improved by research, science, and technology—a new virtual event and expo experience powered by IFT July 19-23.

The world has changed, so have we.

The last year has also challenged our businesses, careers, and personal lives. These challenges have brought the opportunity to re-envision and transform.

IFT has used its unique position as a community for those working in and studying the science of food and food innovation to create a dynamic, solution-packed event, to meet the needs of a changing world. Together, we’ll ignite new solutions to our biggest challenges through robust discussions. We’ll convene to inspire future food innovations that will benefit the global food system.

FIRST in 2021

This year, we have reimagined IFT’s annual event into a new, AI-enabled virtual event and expo experience called FIRST—Food Improved by Research, Science, and Technology. This year FIRST will be held virtually to provide you a safe, personalized, solution-packed forum where the science of food community can come together to solve problems, share knowledge, and expand strategic connections.

In future years, you’ll be able to enjoy FIRST as a hybrid experience, allowing you to make the most of virtual and in-person programming.

Save time, resources, and our planet in just three transformative days.

When we come together as one, we accomplish more. Come to learn, network, and discover; leave CONNECTED, ENABLED, and INSPIRED. Join us.
Get months’ worth of product and solution research done in a matter of days.