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IFT Food Expo

Come to the IFT Annual Event and Food Expo at McCormick Place July 15-18 and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Chicago’s historic Hyde Park!

IFT’s Annual Event and Food Expo is one of the largest events of its kind bringing together science of food professionals from around the globe representing all segments of the science of food profession—research and design, ingredients, safety and quality, technology, equipment, processing, packaging, manufacturing, suppliers and buyers, policy makers, and academics—all converging with the intention to inspire and transform collective knowledge into innovative solutions to help advance our planet’s food safety, nutrition, and sustainability.

At IFT18, you will question and discover, break boundaries and redefine, be challenged and inspired, and network and connect. Advance your career, your business, the profession, and the future of food all in four transformative days.

Special presentations include: “The Human Age: Confronting the Innovation Conundrum.” Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor of National Geographic magazine, presents his stunning photographs of the environment guaranteed to make you consider your place and purpose in the world. Beautifully considered, Mr. Dimick’s photos explore the impact of human ingenuity and the Earth’s ability to sustain it. “IFT Next Food Disruption Challenge.” This exciting, new IFT competition will highlight and support the work of innovative, food-focused entrepreneurs. Designed as a fast-paced pitch event, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge will feature six food start-ups competing for a $25,000 cash prize. Audience members will also be able to cast their vote to award a $5,000 People’s Choice award. Session includes a dynamic on-stage interview with Daymond John, of Shark Tank.

McCormick Place is located at 2301 South King Drive in Chicago. For a full schedule of presentations, and to register for the IFT Annual Event an Food Expo, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your IFT Annual Event and Food Expo experience even more enjoyable by staying at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.