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IFT’s Annual Event, Transformed!

Introduced in 2021, IFT FIRST means Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology. It is IFT’s response to the transformative nature of the global food system. IFT FIRST is a place where professionals can discover the latest global trends, newest innovation, and cutting-edge solutions while making strategic connections to advance their business and careers.

IFT’s annual event and expo has been reimagined into a new in-person and virtual experience which includes the return of the largest B2B food innovation expo. Join us live from Chicago July 10-13 at IFT FIRST!  

The event and expo are back. . . better than ever.


The IFT science of food and innovation community has remained committed to solving our biggest food challenges, bolstering the food system and fostering connections to inspire future food innovation.

IFT welcomes back the full annual event and expo experience that will feature both live and virtual scientific conversation, collaboration, solution-seeking and strategic connections for all. Join us in-person or virtually for IFT FIRST, Annual Event and Expo!  

This year’s event will feature a dynamic, impactful debate and dialogue around the topic: Hacking the Food Supply: Can We Synthesize a More Sustainable Future? Join us this year as we bring together a diverse perspective of front-line scientists and product developers to explore the potential promises and pitfalls of hacking the future of food.

Why attend IFT FIRST?

This event is designed to connect science and business while providing a place to find solutions to specific issues and complex challenges within the global science of food community. From product developers, innovators, food scientists, ingredient purveyors to educators and students, there’s something for anyone who is invested in partnering with the community to bring the world the future of food. Connect, learn and innovate at IFT FIRST.

Plan Your Experience

Explore the IFT FIRST Advanced Program and Expo Planner for full exhibitor directory listings, sessions schedule, speakers, research showcase posters and Business FIRST programming.
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