The Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) in-person annual convention took place this week in Chicago after a two-year pandemic hiatus. And let me tell you, it was nothing like the pre-pandemic IFT events. Another positive change to come from the virus. Thank you!
It was not your daddy’s IFT, as someone described it. It was noticeably void of retired academics, even current professors and their students, especially from abroad. The expo and education program was mostly business focused, and this was well received by exhibitors and industry attendees. The show lived up to its rebranding of “IFT FIRST--where Food is Improved by Research, Science and Technology.” Kudos to the “meetings team” with this new and improved lineup of content and programming.
The energy and change quickly became apparent at 8:15am on Monday when Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago performed at the first of three daily keynote presentations. They got attendees to stand up, clap and even wiggle a bit to Pharrell Williams’ Happy song. (I did it!)
Please watch this 23-second VIDEO to get you charged up.