CHICAGO—The Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting + Food Expo(R) in New Orleans upheld its commitment to providing the world’s largest annual forum for the exchange of food-science, -business, and -regulation knowledge by becoming one of the ten largest events in the program’s 65-year history.
Solidifying its ranking among the 200 largest conventions in America*, the 65th IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo(R) July 16-20 attracted 18,243 registered attendees and 1,055 exhibiting companies, encompassing more than 220,000 square feet of exhibition space. A total of 1,821 technical presentations was the second-greatest amount ever.
On the strength and goodwill of the 45 exhibitors, more than 7,100 pounds of food was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank upon the show's conclusion. That brings the total amount of IFT Food Expo donations to more than 107,000 pounds during the past eight years.
Among the many thousands of food scientists and technologists attending the convention were college teams involved in the IFT Student Product Development competition.
The student team from University of Wisconsin earned first place and the $4,000 honorarium for its Health sTart fruit tart. Second place in New Orleans was the student team from Cornell for a frozen snack product called Bocados, and Chapman University of California took third place with a healthy cookie for school kids called Schookie. Other university finalists were Michigan State, Rutgers and Washington State. All six team finalists were provided $1,000 travel grants to the IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo7 from Masterfoods USA.
Each year the IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo(R) delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge research and opinion from food science-, technology-, marketing- and business-leaders, making it the single largest annual scientific meeting and technical exposition of its kind in the world. Future shows are scheduled for Orlando, Fla., June 24-28, 2006, Chicago (2007) and New Orleans (2008).
* According to Tradeshow Week 200 magazine.
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international scientific society with 22,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues. For more on IFT, see www.ift.org.
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