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14 - 17 July 2024

McCormick Place, South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Chicago, IL, USA



Experience the latest products and trends and taste the future of food at IFT FIRST.

Collaboration and innovation are essential to creating a food system that’s safe, equitable, and sustainable. From novel processing techniques and responsible packaging solutions to genomic mapping and breakthroughs in health and nutrition, transforming the global food system requires a team approach. This year’s IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, held July 14-17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, centers around the theme “Collaboration + Innovation: How Can Food Science and Technology Transform the Food System?” Expected to attract more than 17,000 ingredient providers, business leaders, product developers, food scientists, and other members of the science of food community, the event will explore how we can harness the power of cooperation to improve the entire food value chain. 

What You’ll Experience at IFT FIRST

Keynotes and Featured Sessions 

Hear from leading academic, government, nonprofit, and business experts at this year’s Keynotes and Featured Sessions centered around five focus areas, from sustainability and climate to novel technology and innovation. This year’s topics include the transformative power of artificial intelligence, global and consumer-centric innovation, science-based approaches to prevent foodborne illness, digitalization and disruption, food as medicine, and much more.

The Expo Experience

Engage all five senses at the largest global food science and innovation expo. With more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing food and food science intelligence, nonstop samplings, live presentations, demos, and trends, the opportunities to network and connect with the most qualified ingredient, equipment, and technology providers are endless. 

Startup Pavilion

Secure your place among the 100 companies featured at IFT’s Startup Pavilion, the top-visited area of IFT FIRST that brings together global food and food-related startups at all stages of growth. Last year, the pavilion attracted nearly 9,000 visitors who spent on average 41 minutes browsing and engaging with 86 featured companies from 14 countries. There’s no better place for startups to network, generate leads, achieve brand visibility, source ingredients, interact with buyers, and attract potential investors. All Startup Pavilion participants are eligible to take part in the IFT Startup Pavilion Pitch Competition, a multistage rapid-pitch contest spanning three days where companies compete for a $10,000 prize. Learn more about the Startup Pavilion and secure your spot today!

Innovation Lab

Embark on a product development odyssey at this year’s Innovation Lab where brilliant minds in food science, engineering, and entrepreneurship come together to explore food and beverage product development and envision a groundbreaking product. This captivating journey of creativity, science, and innovation requires you to face five critical challenges—from novel technology to sustainability—designed to expand your skills and push your project to its limits. A highly immersive, interactive experience, the Innovation Lab promises to steer those within the science of food community toward their next transformative idea. The Lab opens the last day of IFT FIRST, July 17. Plan your travels accordingly—you won’t want to miss it!

Learn more about this pivotal event dedicated to shaping the future of food. Register today!

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