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Six forward-thinking entrepreneurs pitched their companies in the inaugural Food Disruption Challenge competition at IFT18 on Tuesday morning.

Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist, moderates a discussion on how shifting diets to more plant-based food might impact the environment. Panelists include: Mary Christ-Erwin, Taylor Wallace, Adam Drewnowski, and Jessica Fanzo.

Kelly Hensel, senior digital editor of Food Technology magazine, chats with Nima, Bugeater Foods, and Quigistics about what they have learned and the challenges they face being start-ups in the food industry.
3D printing, a relatively new technology for producing novel foods, has caught the attention of a wide range of food professionals from culinary specialists to military feeding programs.

IFT and the Feeding Tomorrow Foundation have announced a new program called Food Technologists Without Borders to leverage the technical know-how of the IFT community to address critical global food needs.

Competition for entrepreneurs will culminate with a live business pitch session at IFT18.
Lauren Shimek, founder and CEO of Food.Tech.Design, and Charlotte Biltekoff, associate professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, drew a large crowd for their session “Design Thinking for Food” on Monday morning at the IFTNEXT stage. With a casual setting and interactive presentation, the session encouraged forward thinking and collaboration—exactly what IFTNEXT is all about.
Andrew Pelling began his featured presentation on Monday by telling a story about his younger self—an eager graduate student who was constantly designing experiments based on whatever sparked his curiosity. 
How AI Can Help You Cope With Information Overload

When: Monday, 06/03/2019 through Monday, 06/03/2019, 01:30 PM - 01:45 PM

Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - IFTNEXT Stage

A rigorous assessment of past research is an essential pre-requisite for innovation. Literature searches and reviews are increasingly problematic. The number of papers being published worldwide is increasing rapidly; predatory OA (fake science) journals are proliferating; and researchers are relying on flawed search tools (eg.Google Scholar and PubMed).
This presentation looks at how new AI-powered search tools can be used to solve these information challenges in the sciences of food, health and nutrition. It explains how they can deliver relevant and comprehensive results, not just within the discipline but across disciplines. It also shows how they can be used to help formulate research hypotheses, identify researchers and institutions active in particular areas and identify hot topics.
The presenter will be Jonathan Griffin, who works for IFIS Publishing, an educational, not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and meeting the information needs of the food community.
Another Food Fusion: Shelf-Stable, Healthy, Convenient Foods in the Global Marketplace

When: Wednesday, 06/05/2019 through Wednesday, 06/05/2019, 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - IFTNEXT Stage

Family celebrations, holidays, and special events center on food. Special recipes, indulgence, and enjoyment are center to these occasions. However, routine, day-to-day meal preparation is a challenge in households. Fast food, quick service restaurants, rotisserie chicken and a salad, the grocery deli menu, pre-cut meats and vegetables, and other convenience based foodservice are part of routine family meal plans and are not always healthy-choice options. Healthier food choices lead to reduced incidences of chronic health. Shelf-stable, ready-to-eat, portion sized packages, combined with agitating batch retort technology can play a larger role in healthier food choices. The center of the aisle should be part of the conversation of foods for health. Packaging and product positioning influence consumer choice. Combined with consumer insights research to identify what shoppers want, messages that resonate with consumers can be uncovered with conjoint analysis, to craft powerful packaging and marketing claims for innovative, healthier food products.