IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo

Date: 14 July 2024 - 17 July 2024

Website: https://www.iftevent.org/

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +1.312.782.8424

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


This year’s IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, held July 14-17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, centres 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 centred 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. Below is just a sampling of what attendees can expect:

  • Revolutionizing Food Innovation through AI

Unveil the transformative power of AI in food innovation at the opening keynote exploring how collaboration across the human/machine spectrum fuels groundbreaking advancements in predictive analytics, precision engineering, biotechnology, and food product development. Hear from Justin Honaman, MBA, head of worldwide retail and consumer goods go-to-market at Amazon/AWS; Nora Khaldi, PhD, founder and CEO at Nuritas; and other experts who will discuss the synergies between AI and the future of food.

  • The Future of the FDA’s Food Program

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from a leader at the forefront of reshaping food safety and sustainability. This keynote session features Jim Jones, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods. Deputy Commissioner Jones will highlight the FDA’s strategies for protecting and promoting the health and wellness of all people through science-based approaches to prevent foodborne illness, reduce diet-related chronic disease, and ensure chemicals in food are safe.