IFT Focuses On Globalization And Food Defense
The Institute of Food
Technologists will hold its Annual Meeting and Food Expo June 25-28 at the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The show will include more
than 500 ingredient companies showcasing their products in more than 2,000
exhibit booths. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to attend
100 Scientific Technical Program sessions and more than 1,400 presentations
covering themes such as bioterrorism and food defense, functional foods,
globalization of the food industry and food allergens. Technical
presentations and exhibition hours are scheduled during conflict-free hours
to allow attendees to make the most of both offerings.
Specialty pavilions on the show floor will include the
Organic Food Ingredients Pavilion, Healthy Food Ingredients Pavilion, Food
Safety & Quality Pavilion, and the International Pavilion.
Food Network celebrity chef Alton Brown will open the
Food Expo with a keynote address on Sunday, June 25. The host of
“Good Eats” and a participant on “Iron Chef
America,” Brown is said to combine science, history and culture to
create exciting presentations. He is author of I’m
Just Here for the Food, which won the 2003 James
Beard Award and features the stories behind favorite ingredients and food
experiments. Other books include I’m Just
Here for More Food and Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking.
The IFT Show also will feature a number of
non-technical programs, some of which carry an additional registration fee.
The IFT/RCA Culinology Demonstrations will include a series of
presentations that each will cover the grab-and-go trend in a different
way. Food scientists will collaborate with chefs from the Research Chefs
Association to create a grab-and-go culinary innovation each day of the
expo at 12:30 p.m., right on the expo floor.
The Old World vs. New World Comparative Wine Tasting
will be presented by IFT’s Fermented Foods & Beverages Division
on June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will explore the history of the top
wine-producing regions and sample wines from
around the world. The course will be presented by Patrick Dodd, Certified
Wine Educator and E&J Gallo Winery’s director of education and
Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines
will be held June 27 at 9:00 a.m. Attendees will learn how to get and keep
control of concurrent projects, competing priorities and critical
deadlines. Coaching and Teambuilding Skills for Managers & Supervisors
will be held June 27 at 12:00 p.m. and will focus on building teamwork
leads to improve productivity and morale. How to Negotiate with Vendors and
Suppliers will take place June 27 at 3:00 p.m. and will offer tips for
getting the desired outcome from negotiations with vendors and suppliers.
Additionally, the SpeedNetworking session will help attendees sharpen
networking skills by matching participants with industry representatives.
The Global Food Safety and Quality Conference will be
held June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature a full day of
programming on food safety in Latin America and the impact on global trade.
The conference will be co-sponsored with the Latin American and Caribbean
Association of Food Science and Technology.
For more information about the IFT Annual Meeting and
Food Expo, visit ift.org.