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Solution Exchange VIP

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Are you a product development innovator or influencer looking for solutions to your unique challenges or new partnerships with top suppliers?

Save time and connect with tons of suppliers by participating in FIRST Solution Exchange—a new virtual expo experience powered by IFT and designed to accelerate food innovation this July 19-23.

Commit to a minimum of four 20-minute conversations with suppliers you select, and you receive a FIRST registration for FREE! As an added bonus, you’ll also receive complimentary access  to all of the FIRST programming—including access to all the latest science, research, and insights as well as business strategy and startup programming, networking, and on-demand content library!

Applications are Now Closed.

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Apply by June 4 and receive a free sample box ($100 value) with your complimentary registration!

To receive a complimentary FIRST Solution Exchange VIP registration you will need to complete the easy online application process. Be sure to include any promo code that may have been shared with you when prompted in the application process to secure your free registration. Spaces are limited so apply early to secure your VIP spot.

Applications are reviewed and decisions communicated back via email up to 2 weeks from submittal date.

Application Are Closed
FIRST Sample Boxes 

Customized Sample Boxes

As a Solution Exchange participant you may receive fun and engaging sample boxes from selected provider partners.

This is a great way to experience supplier products and to further enhance your experience post event.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • What criteria are used to determine Solution Exchange VIP eligibility?

    A Solution Exchange applicant's information will be reviewed to ensure an optimal VIP and supplier meetup experience. The following criteria will be needed in order to be considered for the VIP status:

    Applicants need to be working in one of the following areas product development/manufacturing/procurement areas:

    • Product Development
    • Product Research
    • Quality Assurance and Food Safety
    • Purchasing
    • Food Processing
    • Food Packaging
    • Technical Services
    • Food Related Startups and Innovators
    • Research & Development-Scientific-Technical
    • Management/Supply Chain
    • Purchasing/Procurement

    And be interested in learning/assessing the following through the meetup experience:

    • New products/ingredients/technologies 
    • Product/ingredient innovation 
    • Cost reduction opportunities 
    • Replacing current products/solutions 
    • Formulation development help 
    • Trending topics 
    • Quality Assurance /Quality Control 
  • How will the hosted Solution Exchange program work?

    Product development influencers and innovators will apply online, and IFT will review submissions to determine if applicant background fulfills Solution Exchange participant criteria. Once approved, participants will complete their digital profile, review suppliers, and request meetings with preferred suppliers.

  • What is Solution Exchange?

    Solution Exchange is a process of intentionally matching prospective supplier experts with product development influencers and innovators seeking assistance in researching prospective ingredients, product, services, and technologies to help solve development problems or challenges.

  • How many conversations do I commit to as part of my complimentary Solution Exchange Participant registration?

    You are required to commit to a minimum of four, 20-minute conversations by July 16, 2021. Additionally, you can request meetings throughout the event. There is no limit to the number of meetings that you can schedule. However, if you do not attend a minimum of 4 meetings, you will be charged a registration fee.

    A conversation appointment is a 20-minute meeting where participants meet with a supplier that can potentially support them in solving their product/product development questions. Participants will receive suggested suppliers and be able to search the AI enabled system to identify suppliers to request a meeting with. Suppliers can confirm or decline the request.

  • Why do I have to provide a credit card of my registration is complimentary?

    All Solution Exchange participants are required to supply valid credit card details as part of the application process. Your registration is free if a minimum of four, 20-minute meetings are completed by July 23, 2021. If fewer than four meetings are completed, you will be charged the standard registration rate.

  • How are appointments made, and who can make them?

    As a Solution Exchange participant, you will request meetings with suppliers through the FIRST platform. Suppliers will be able to review your application information to confirm if the meeting is a good match. Our goal to ensure participants meet with ideal suppliers. If a supplier feels their product will not be a good match for you, they will decline the meeting request.

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