This year’s theme, A Matter of Science + Food, sets the tone for a scientific program that will highlight the latest research, innovative solutions, and groundbreaking thinking by academics and industry professionals in the science of food, it adds. Programming includes more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific sessions and 11 short courses.

In addition to the scientific programming, IFT18 will feature its largest exhibit hall ever, including more than 1,000 global exhibitors showcasing the latest products and innovations in food science and technology, according to the association.

“Attendees of IFT18 will be immersed in a community of innovative scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs all dedicated to transforming scientific knowledge into food-based solutions that benefit people around the world. The ideas and products introduced at the annual event are critical to supporting IFT’s vision of a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply for everyone,” said IFT Chief Executive Officer Christie Tarantino-Dean in a statement.

The following are some of the featured IFT18 sessions:

  • The inaugural IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge, a competition designed to help emerging and investment-ready science of food and technology companies gain visibility and make strategic connections. The event will feature six start-ups competing for the Future Food Disruptors of the Year $25,000 cash prize in front of a panel of judges representing different sectors of the food and beverage industry and a presentation from moderator Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Audience members at the featured session will be able to cast their vote for a $5,000 People’s Choice award.
  • Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist, will moderate a panel discussion titled The Clash Behind Consumer Demands and Responsible Foods. Panelists will explore the impacts and challenges food companies face when well-intentioned consumer demands are in direct conflict with their eco-friendly, healthy, and sustainable intent.
  • Dennis Dimick, executive editor of National Geographic magazine will present The Human Age: Confronting the Innovation Conundrum, a compilation of his environmental photographs exploring the impact of human ingenuity and the Earth’s ability to sustain it.


Numerous suppliers for the beverage market also will be on hand for the annual conference and expo. The following is preview of what to expect from some of these exhibitors:

77 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 4600
Chicago, IL 60601
IFT Booth No: S1202

Stop by and learn how ADM can help you get to market faster with more products consumers love and can feel good about. As an industryleading provider, ADM offers a comprehensive portfolio featuring fl avorful, colorful, functional and nutritious, and whole-food ingredients. From plant-based proteins and sweetening solutions to health and wellness ingredients, ADM has the ingredients for your next innovation success. Whether you’re looking for a single ingredient, custom ingredient blend or a complete product solution, ADM has you covered.

Ameliea Bay Tea - Beverage Industry

Amelia Bay
3851 Lakefield Drive
Johns Creek, GA 30024
IFT Booth No: S1421

Amelia Bay, the premier provider of quality brewed tea, will be sampling some of the latest on-trend tea and coffee formulations at IFT18. Attendees cans sample a beverage, and find out how you can create a premium beverage with a beautiful clear appearance and pure taste that consumers prefer.

The following great tasting, clean and clear tea and coffee beverages will be available: organic matcha green tea with pineapple and mango; premium-brewed organic sweet black tea; premium-brewed organic unsweetened black tea; and organic cold-brew coffee with mocha.

Amelia Bay offers beverage manufacturers brewed teas that are not only clean label, but easy to use versus batch steeping or using instant tea powders, and can significantly reduce batching times. Our formulations are simply blended in batch tanks, pasteurized, and can be hot-filled or cold-filled for a beautiful, stable finished beverage free from sedimentation or clouding.

BI - Beverage Industry

2384 E. Pacifica Place,
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. 90220
IFT Booth No: S1045

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, BI plans to showcase a functional popcorn snack, as well as two unique beverages; one featuring apple cider vinegar and another ruby drink featuring beet and hibiscus. BI’s customers and IFT attendees are welcome to join the team in celebrating 40 years of business “rooted in trust.”

BI is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. BI offers more than 200 ingredients that have been determined as safe for use in foods and beverages by the FDA or FEMA, the Flavors and Extracts Manufacturers Association.

CP Kelco - Beverage Industry

CP Kelco
3100 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 600,
Atlanta, GA 30339
IFT Booth No: S1341

Fermented Gold – CP Kelco is sampling a unique, fun-to-see and -consume fermented dual-layer fluid gel beverage. One layer features kombucha and the other is a fruit-flavored layer fluid gel with suspended gold flakes. The suspension is provided by KELCOGEL F Gellan Gum, which also is produced using a fermentation process.

DSM Nutritional Products - Beverage Industry

DSM Nutritional Products
45 Waterview Blvd.
Parsippany, NJ 07054
IFT Booth No:

DSM Nutritional Products is a leading global ingredient manufacturer with a wide portfolio of vitamins, carotenoids, nutraceuticals, omega-3s and premix capabilities. DSM Nutritional Products offers key expertise in beverages, confectionery, dairy, cereal and bars as well as dietary supplements.

Finlay - Beverage Industry

Finlay Extracts & Ingredients USA, Inc.
10 Blackstone Valley Place
Lincoln, RI 02865
IFT Booth No: S4203

Finlay Extracts & Ingredients, a global leader in tea and coffee extracts, delivers innovative concepts for a variety of applications and offers customer-led market solutions using the highest quality ingredients to flavor products for some of the foremost companies in the food, beverage, and dairy industries. Finlays is a leading supplier of coffee extracts, and since 1750 has operated in all parts of the tea supply chain bringing hundreds of years of tea knowledge, leaf tea procurement, product development and innovation.

Flavorchem - Beverage Industry

Flavorchem Corp.
1525 Brook Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515
IFT Booth No: S1820

Our mission is to create memorable sensory experiences. Our strength lies in a foundation built on unsurpassed service joined with a focused quality approach in all facets of operations.

Flavorchem specializes in the creation and manufacturing of flavor and color solutions for the food, beverage, and nutraceutical industries. Established in 1971, we are a privately held business whose customers include first class brands well-recognized throughout the world. We strive to provide our customers with the highest-quality products and superior service and support.

Flavorchem is a full-service operation with three strategically located manufacturing facilities throughout the world, providing for logistical advantages and contingency. Our global headquarters are located in Downers Grove, Ill., with a research and development center and complete flavor manufacturing operations. Additional manufacturing facilities are in San Clemente, Calif., and Kerepes, Hungary, along with global offices in China and the Americas.

Futureceuticals - Beverage Industry

2692 N. State Route 1-17
Momence, IL 60954
IFT Booth No: S3444

FutureCeuticals is widely recognized as a leader in the Ready To Mix space for its clean label, highly functional, plant-based ingredients. Our versatile ingredients offer claims-based functionality backed by science that answer the call for today’s beverage products. FutureCeuticals’ mission is to deliver the highest quality fruit, vegetables and grain-based solutions to our partners and make it easy for them to deliver on the consumer promise of healthy products — whole food nutrition for human health. Whether backed by science or 160 years of agricultural experience, we provide clean label transparency and highly marketable claims. Vertically integrated from field to function, we are supply chain simplified, offering whole food ingredients for your next product success.

Hilmar Ingredients - Beverage Industry

Hilmar Ingredients
8901 North Lander Ave.
Hilmar CA 95324
IFT Booth No: S2021

The promise of dairy — fi nd it in whey proteins from Hilmar Ingredients. Nutrition and function will be on display at IFT18 Food Expo in a Vanilla Sports Recovery shake, a new concept product. The protein-rich shake provides nutrition and fuel to build lean muscle for athletes, fi tness folks and anyone whose diet needs a protein power-up. On-trend with today’s consumer demands, the shake is based on Hilmar 9400 WPI, so it is low in fat, has only 1 gram of sugar and contains no lower quality plant proteins. Want to explore more? How about a clear protein-fortifi ed beverage, DIY smoothie mix, or healthy aging coffee? It’s all possible with Hilmar Whey Proteins and our inventive applications team.

Kyowa - Beverage Industry

Kyowa Hakko USA Inc.
600 Third Ave, 19th floor
New York, NY 10016
IFT Booth No: S3961

Kyowa Hakko USA Inc. is the North American sales offi ce for KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO. LTD, a world leader for more than 65 years in the research and manufacturing of several high-quality branded ingredients including: Cognizin Citicoline for brain health, Sustamine L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine for sports performance, and Setria Performance Blend that supports nitric oxide production. Cognizin is a proprietary form of citicoline, a potent brain-health nutrient, backed by numerous clinical trials that support claims for improved focus and attention. Cognizin is vegetarian, allergen-free, and a non-stimulant GRAS ingredient. Sustamine is a dipeptide that is tasteless, odorless, vegetarian and allergen free. It is the only GRAS L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine on the market. Setria Performance Blend is a unique, patent-pending GRAS blend that may support nitric oxide production to fuel muscles and provide cardiovascular support.

Prinova USA
315 E. Fullerton Ave.
Carol Stream, IL 60188
IFT Booth No: S2406

Prinova creates value, solves challenges and generates opportunity for global food, beverage and supplement manufacturers. As one of the world's largest distributors of functional ingredients and a trusted provider of integrated solutions such as nutrient premixes and particle management services, we help our customers develop successful products, improve speed-to-market, and grow their business. From nutrients and flavors to essential oils and aroma chemicals, we offer access to the highest-quality ingredients backed by deep technical expertise and an unmatched commitment to safety and sustainability. We also deliver strategic business intelligence and consumer insights. We are Prinova. This is how you win.

S&D Coffee & Tea - Beverage Industry

S&D Coffee & Tea
300 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027
IFT Booth No:

From crop to creation, S&D experts can source anything you can imagine. As industry experts and food scientists, S&D Extracts & Ingredients will help you delight customers’ taste buds with a specialty coffee or tea experience — employing significant resources to quickly develop and formulate extracts and concentrates from a wide array of raw materials.

When consumers demand out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-cold brew, count on one of the world’s largest coffee and tea suppliers to provide you with the finest sourced ingredients and absolute best cold brew coffee extracts available.

With flavor bases and variegates for cocktails, ice cream, sauces, baked goods and more, S&D makes it easy for you to give the people what they want and makes your recipes stone cold delicious.

Synergy Flavors
1500 Synergy Drive,
Wauconda, IL 60084
IFT Booth No: S2402

Synergy Flavors is a leading international supplier of flavors, extracts and essences for the global food and beverage industry. With more than 130 years of flavoring expertise, Synergy combines a long heritage of flavor development with targeted investments in research and technology — blending art and science in creating an exceptional array of tastes.

Nature created it. We captured it.
Synergy’s passion for flavor is exhibited by the state-of-the-art processing for our Synergy Pure product line. Our broad portfolio of tea, coffee, pure vanilla, botanical, herbal, and vegetable essences and extracts effectively maximize natural flavor impressions of horticultural products delivering only the freshest, highest impact tastes you’d expect from nature.

Global Expertise
With facilities in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, Synergy flavor experts are globally positioned to deliver market understanding and customer collaboration to develop flavor solutions for the bakery, beverage, confection, dairy and nutrition industries.

Tastepoint - Beverage Industry

Tastepoint by IFF
7800 Holstein Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19154   
IFT Booth No: S1213

We’re the perfect blend of heart and science. Tastepoint is the newest name in taste, backed by more than a century of experience. In the past, you counted on us as David Michael and Ottens Flavors. Today, we’re one company, fueled by passion and enhanced by the technology and insights of IFF. We’re better because we’re small enough to care and big enough to make it happen. Our purpose is to be the spark that advances our customers. We’re an agile, energetic partner with a fresh perspective. Together, we'll create a fresh take on taste. Uniting skill and soul; chemistry and creativity; and freshness and familiarity. We solve customer challenges and craft consumer delight. We’re always ready to meet you at the table.

Tic Gums - Beverage Industry

TIC Gums
10552 Philadelphia Road
White Marsh, MD 21162
IFT Booth No: 2131

Converge. Connect. Create. TIC Gums, an Ingredion Co., is a global leader in advanced texture and stabilization solutions. Food and beverage companies rely on TIC Gums to improve the texture, stability, consistency, nutritional profile and shelf appeal of their products. The Gum Gurus provide legendary customer service, high-quality standards and unrivaled knowledge to formulators. Visit TIC Gums, Ingredion and Kerr at Booth No. 2131 and let us help you transform your ideas into successful solutions.

Virginia Dare - Beverage Industry

Virginia Dare Extract Co.
882 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11232
IFT Booth No: S2526

Virginia Dare helps its customers deliver preferred taste through its two product platforms: Taste Foundations and Taste Collaborations.

Taste Foundations
Virginia Dare leads the market in sourcing and processing extracts through our Taste Foundations platform, which includes premium vanilla, tea, coffee, and cocoa extracts. Our long-term relationships with growers are deep, giving us a level of quality control that permits us to uphold the highest standards, while our market expertise lets us build strategic value for our partners.

Taste Collaborations
Consumers want products that offer health benefits without compromising taste. Virginia Dare’s Taste Collaborations draw on the expertise of our dedicated technical team to promote preferred taste in healthy and clean label products through flavors and systems for taste enhancement and modulation.