IFT13 in Chicago – Lily’s POV Part 1

IFT13 Chicago Food Expo Floor (1st day)

Hey everyone,

Guess What? We’re in Chicago right now for IFT 2013! IFT13 is the Annual industry/scientific/professional meeting and Food Expo for Food Scientists (and affiliates) everywhere! IFT is the Institute of Food Technologists with the goal of “feeding the minds that feed the world”. Check them out here! The Expo runs from Sunday July 14, 2013 to Wednesday July 17, 2013 at the McCormick Center.

With over “20,000 of the world’s top food science and technology professionals” in attendance, IFT is the place to be to learn about the most recent and influential product development products, ingredients, and technology. Companies from around the world come together to showcase their products and ingredients. Additionally, there is a plethora of scientific programs, lectures and poster sessions (link) for all participants. The conference’s top talks are all streamed live for those who aren’t able to participate (link). For students part of IFTSA (IFT’s Student Association), there are also multiple competitions (ie: IFTSA product development competitions, College Bowl Competitions, etc.) and interviews/educational opportunities.. There was also a sold-out 5K Fun Run/Walk whose proceeds benefit IFT’s food science student/professional development program, Feeding Tomorrow (link).

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The keynote speaker during the opening ceremony was CNN’s Fareed Zakaria who hosts Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on Sundays. His inspirational speech emphasized the importance of the growing global interconnectedness of people, food, and availability. On one hand, the crisis of our species is that we tend to worry about impending criss and doom; but inevitably, we always avert the crisis and rise to and above the challenge. As such, we are in the midst of creating a new global system joining all the global systems (for food, economies, politics, etc.). With relation to food, this integrated global system means that everyone has a stake. Despite one economy possibly doing worse than another, every system is brought up when another economy booms and can pick up the slack. Ultimately, we must continue to work together to increase the food supply, decrease food waste, and feed the world together.

Keynote Speaker: Fareed Zakaria
Keynote Speaker: Fareed Zakaria


The EXPO finally opened at noon on Sunday. And boy was it a beautiful site!

IFT13 Chicago Food Expo Floor (1st day)
IFT13 Chicago Food Expo Floor (1st day)


I don’t have much time left to write as the next session will begin soon. However, stay tuned! There will be more to come! 🙂

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