IFT20 is the place, the platform, and the event that helps the food industry imagine, learn, connect, and shift to what’s possible.
After thoughtful consultation with leaders and partners within the food industry and academia, IFT’s Board of Directors made the decision to transition the onsite annual meeting and food expo into a virtual experience. This was felt to be the best and safest course of action after careful consideration of evolving COVID-19 pandemic developments.
Our industry plays an important role in ensuring the global food supply is safe, nutritious, and sustainable. Due to this, it was important to provide a safe and globally accessible solution to convene our community in their pursuit of advancing the science of food and food innovation—a purpose that is more important today than ever before.
The Board decided to make this decision now to allow time to successfully transition to a virtual platform and to allow our valued attendees, exhibitors, and stakeholders the time needed to make necessary travel and planning adjustments.
We are excited about this new virtual direction as it provides our community an even more inclusive opportunity to support IFT's overarching purpose of gathering the global science of food and food innovation community together to share, learn, connect, and inspire the future of food.
IFT staff are currently working through details to support this transition and we will be sharing updates via this website and IFT’s social media sites.
IFT21 will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, July 18-21, 2021. The Food Expo will take place July 19-21.