Food and Nutrition
Largest Gathering of Food Professionals to Convene in Chicago, July 13-16
May 6, 2013 - 4:47:58 PM

Dr. Fareed Zakaria to Serve As Keynote Speaker

( - CHICAGO-Food professionals from all over the globe will be gathering together in Chicago for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2013 Annual Meeting & Food Expo. This is the only annual event that brings together professionals involved in both the science and the business of food - experts from industry, academia and government. 

The Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the only event of its kind to feature the very latest food products, the hottest food trends, and the most important developments in the science of food. With more than 1,000 companies exhibiting, this event showcases the largest, most diverse collection of food ingredient, equipment, and packaging suppliers from all over the world. Over 100 educational sessions and 1,200 poster presentations will provide information on the latest developments and trends in food science. 

Opening General Session: The Opening General Session keynote presentation, Facing the Extreme: Food Challenges, on Sunday, July 14, from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. will feature Fareed Zakaria, PhD, host of CNN's international affairs program - Fareed Zakaria GPS.  He is also an editor-at-large of TIME, a Washington Post columnist, and best-selling author. Dr. Zakaria's presentation comes at a critical time for food professionals who face extreme challenges in both developed and developing nations ranging from food waste, food safety, and food insecurity to new nutritional demands and limitations on natural resources.

Beacon Lecturers: The scientific program will include three Beacon Lecturer sessions. These sessions will feature interactive talks by high-profile individuals who will share cutting-edge information that impacts food science and technology. Each session will include a 20-30 minute presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of Q&A.

This year's Beacon Lecturers include:

View the video to see why people are going to the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

Advance registration discount ends May 31st
Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the media


About IFT
For more than 70 years, IFT has existed to advance the science of food. Our nonprofit scientific society-more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries-brings together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry. For more information, please


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