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Technical Field Trip: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) – Moffett Campus: The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 08:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

At IFSH, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) is a consortium of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology and over 60 food industry members as of December 2017. At the NCFST, FDA research scientists and IIT professors, technicians and graduate students work collaboratively on food safety research and education. The Moffett technical tour will highlight the expertise of the NCFST by showcasing the GMP pilot plant; processing and novel technology areas for high pressure, pulsed ultraviolet light, infrared thermal processing and cool plasma technologies; and laboratories for microbiological, instrumental analysis and high throughput genomic sequencing. Registration and ticket required for this event.

Registration Open

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - North Hall

Registration Open

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 06:45 AM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - North Hall

Technical Field Trip: Imbibe

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

Imbibe is a leading innovator in the beverage industry. Imbibe provides a unique, integrated approach to product development where they engineer every beverage from the bottom up. They design and supply custom components such as strategic ingredient systems, flavors, and finished beverages for every project. They act as a bolt-on R&D function for companies that don’t have one, or an extension of the R&D team for those who do. The Field Trip will begin with a tour of Imbibe’s 40,000 sq. ft. Beverage Innovation Center where participants will learn how beverages are created from concept to commercialization and have the opportunity walk through technical rooms such as the flavor and application labs, pilot plant, and analytical lab.  The tour will then continue with a hands-on presentation where participants will be able to taste in order to enhance their understanding of how to formulate beverages with protein. The presentation will focus on tactical solutions to real world problems in order to avoid setbacks during development and scale-up. Attendees will improve their understanding of protein chemistry, functionality and stability, as well as gain useful knowledge of the various chemical and physical changes protein may undergo as a result of processing conditions. Actual case studies will be discussed in order to illustrate the key concepts. No perfume or fragrance and non-slip closed toe shoes are required.  Registration and ticket required for this event.

Technical Field Trip: SPEC Engineering

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

This technical tour will feature SPEC Engineering and Sweet Solutions, Chicagoland based partner companies in the Food Manufacturing Industry. SPEC Engineering provides systems design, equipment, and technology to bulk material processing and handling customers. SPEC is your link from Process to Productivity. Sweet Solutions is a manufacturer dedicated to the highest quality products for the confectionery, ice cream, dessert and bakery industries. The small batch methods combined with modern technology allow us to provide solutions to any customer.   The technical tour will include: • Candy & Fondant Processing: Learn from an industry expert, Roger Hohberger, about the confectionery industry and view a continuous cooling wheel lab unit in production.   • Virtual Reality Plant Walkthrough: Experience first-hand SPEC’s past plant designs and equipment through this cutting-edge technology. You will have the opportunity to virtually walk through a real production facility using virtual reality goggles. Registration and ticket required for this event.

Expo Open

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - North and South Halls

Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.
FEATURED SESSION: The Human Age: Confronting the Innovation Conundrum

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Where: McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom

Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor of National Geographic magazine, presents his stunning photographs of the environment guaranteed to make you consider your place and purpose in the world. Beautifully considered, Mr. Dimick’s photos explore the impact of human ingenuity and the Earth’s ability to sustain it.
IFT18 Career Center Live

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - South Hall

IFT18 Career Center Live combines informal networking opportunities for potential job seekers and hiring companies, as well as formal pre-scheduled interview opportunities for companies with immediate hiring needs.

Get noticed by some of the top companies and job seekers in food science and technology from around the globe by participating in IFT18 Career Center Live.
Registration Open

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - North Hall

Expo Open

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - North and South Halls

Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.