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IFT conference explores the future of food

Following last year's gathering of leaders in food science, technology, marketing and business — with nearly 16,000 registered attendees and 935 companies exhibiting — the Institute of Food Technologists 2007 annual meeting and food expo in Chicago is expected to be well attended. As usual, the event presents cutting-edge research and opinion, presented by food professionals from across the globe. The overall theme, 'Health, wellness and food,' offers a good indication of the industry's direction.

There will be plenty of sessions that will be of particular interest to FF&N readers, including two general sessions on July 30: 'Senior executives cut the fat on industry's approach to health, wellness and foods,' and 'Food technology presents: where do we go from here? The experts speak out!'

The first session will deal with the many pressing issues facing the global food industry, including obesity, food safety, trans fats, sustainability, disharmonious regulations, tariffs and GMOs. In addition, it will explore the many emerging opportunities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and other developing countries. Senior industry executives will address product development, innovation, international and US approaches, and ingredients technologies.

Chicago, Illinois
The second session features four of the world's leading trend- and product-tracking experts and regulatory experts, including Barbara Katz, president of HealthFocus, sharing highlights from her company's 2007 survey on changing consumers' health, nutrition and wellness attitudes, behaviors and concerns. Also, father of the US nutrition labelling system and other key food regulations, Peter Barton Hutt, will provide insights into where food regulations and issues are headed.

Many IFT Scientific Programs are devoted to functional foods and nutraceuticals, including symposiums titled 'Global emergence of nutraceuticals and functional foods,' 'Health-food ingredients: when is food really a drug?' 'Delivery system for nutraceuticals' (July 29), 'Antioxidants in food preservation and in health promotion,' 'Role of nutraceuticals and natural-health product in metabolic syndrome' (July 30),' 'Scientific strategies for health claims,' and 'Prebiotics for enhancing health and functionality.'

IFT Selected exhibiting suppliers
Lonza produces a broad range of emulsifiers and additives for food applications including non-GMO polysorbates and nutritional products such as Carnipure Crystalline and Carnipure Tartrate, as well as FiberAid, a prebiotic dietary fibre.
Booth 1427

Denomega will demonstrate how its patented technology platform can be used to add the most demanding nutritional ingredient blends in shelf-stable beverages without impacting end-product quality or shelf life.
Booth 4112

Bioenergy is a Minnesota-based company whose core technology surrounds the applications of D-Ribose, a naturally occurring pentose sugar that enhances quality of life by improving heart function and reducing fatigue, soreness, cramping and stiffness.
Booth 758

Glanbia Nutrition is focused on the expert delivery of science-based nutritional solutions. Key markets represented at the booth will include weight management, performance nutrition, fortification, and health & wellness.
Booth 4112

Ocean Nutrition Canada will highlight its MEG-3 brand omega-3 EPA/DHA ingredient, from fish oil, in a variety of foods to demonstrate that it provides superior process tolerance and ease of formulation, without altering the taste or smell of the product.
Booth 1365

Verdure Sciences/Geni Herbs will introduce its new BeneFruits division, an innovative line of fruit and vegetable extracts and juice powders, including Verdure's reputable line of pomegranate ingredients, which includes the pomegranate 'gold standard,' POMELLA Extract.
Booth 4122

Ocean Spray ITG — As awareness grows of cranberry's substantial health benefits, Ocean Spray presents its extensive range of cranberry ingredients and their application.
Booth 3713

Roquette America is a leading global manufacturer of healthy ingredients — soluble fibre, pea protein and sugar alternatives — and will showcase innovative solutions that are nutritionally balanced and great tasting.
Booth 4164

Specialty Enzyme and Biochemicals will feature its line of enzymes for use in baking, fruit juices, fruit processing and brewing, among others.
Booth 4315

Cargill will focus on its combination of knowledge, capabilities, ingredients, supply-chain, and risk-management services to achieve successful partnerships with companies developing products.
Booth 2348

DSM Food Specialties will launch Sensarite, a revolutionary taste potentiator that enables better taste and the creation of healthier solutions by the reduction of salt and fat. At the same booth, DSM Nutritional Products will present vitamin, colouration, nutraceutical, and nutrient-blend products and services targeting the areas of energy & recovery, health & wellness, immunity, and weight management.
Booth 4148

NutraCea's stabilized rice bran can improve the nutritional profile of your functional food. The hypo-allergenic, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense ingredient brings foods to a whole new level.
Booth 3370

Wright Group will showcase its line of omega-3 product concepts, which demonstrate expertise in the formulation of foods and beverages with functional and innovative ingredients.
Booth 3928

Naturex will show through various application studies the advantages of its line of patented rosemary extracts. Sold under the branded line StabilEnhance, they can increase shelf life of many food and beverage products, naturally.
Booth 939

P&G Food Ingredients will show a full line of functional ingredients, including Olean, Nutraphyl phytosterols, Superol and Moon glycerine, medium-chain triglycerides.
Booth 381

Erie Foods International is a worldwide supplier of manufactured dairy ingredients and custom processing services, and will feature bioactive dairy proteins, milk-protein concentrates, caseins, caseinates and functional blends.
Booth 2152

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