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Schedule at a Glance

Mark your calendars for IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, July 14 - 17, 2024

You don’t want to miss this year’s event happening at McCormick Place in Chicago. You’ll experience three riveting days of scientific sessions, business education, networking opportunities, and one of the best food and ingredient shows in North America. Preview the schedule below for highlights but check back regularly for updates.

Bustling expo floor of exhibitor booths and attendees at IFT FIRST

*Dates and times subject to change.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time Description
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Workshops: Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker Drive
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Registration – Badge pick-up: McCormick Place Convention Center

 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Time Description
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Attendee and Exhibitor Registration – Badge pick-up: McCormick Place Convention Center
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Workshops: Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker
12:00 am – 5:00 pm Attendee Registration – Satellite Badge pick-up: Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Awards Celebration Ceremony & Reception

 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Time Description
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Attendee and Exhibitor Registration – Badge pick-up: McCormick Place Convention Center
7:00 am – 7:30 pm Attendee Registration – Satellite Badge pick-up: Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker
8:15 am – 9:30 am Opening Keynote Session
9:45 am – 10:00 am Expo Ribbon Cutting
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Expo Open
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Session
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Featured Session
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Networking & Social Events: Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Time Description
6:00 am – 8:00 am Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness Fundraiser
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Attendee and Exhibitor Registration – Badge pick-up: McCormick Place Convention Center
8:30 am – 9:45 am Keynote Session
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Expo Open
10:15 am – 1:00 pm Featured Sessions
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm IFTSA Closing Ceremony

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Time Description
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Attendee and Exhibitor Registration – Badge pick-up: McCormick Place Convention Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Expo Open
10:30 am – 2:00 pm Innovation Lab
 
Special member registration rates and tiered registration discounts for attendees available.