Chicago Hosts 2007 IFT Ingredients and Food Technology Show

IFT's hometown Chicago hosts the annual ingredients and food technology show in July. Find an exhibitor list at the end of this article.

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Chicago's McCormick Place plays host to the annual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo on Saturday, July 28 through Wednesday, Aug. 1.

An estimated 20,000 food science and industry professionals from around the world will convene to learn about the latest science, trends and product developments in the food industry. Themes this year are food safety, health and wellness and functional ingredients.

Networking also is important, and that starts on opening night. A cocktail reception in the Grand Ballroom follows the IFT Achievement Awards celebration Saturday evening, which honors members for outstanding contributions to the field of food science and technology.

On Sunday morning, keynote speaker Jason Jennings, business thought-leader and best selling author of Think Big, Act Small, shares his insights on the strategies leading organizations use to keep the spirit of innovation alive. Then take a walk on the expo floor to see the latest innovations in food ingredients and other technologies.

New this year is more convenient session length (90-minutes) and a New Products & Technologies Forum -- 30-minute interactive presentations -- on the expo floor on Sunday and Monday. There also will be technical field trips to McDonald's Corp. and Hamburger University, Knechtel, Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy, FONA International and Vegetable Juices Inc.

On Monday, the general session is "Senior Executives Cut the Fat on Industry's Approach to Health, Wellness and Foods." Industry executives will share their perspectives on opportunities and challenges in the fastest growing area of news product development.

On Tuesday, the general session "Where Do We Go From Here?" begins with a presentation of HealthFocus International's HealthFocus 2007 survey highlights on changing consumers' health, nutrition and wellness attitudes, behaviors and concerns and discussion of future food and beverage opportunities. That is followed by Innova's take on product categories with staying power, restaurant trends from Technomic and a presentation by Peter Barton Hutt on the regulatory issues facing the industry both here and abroad.

There's something for every attendee with more than 1,400 presentations and some 200 scientific sessions. They include: Global Emergence of Nutraceuticals; Antioxidants in Food Preservation and in Health Promotion; Sustainability Considerations in the Food Industry; Health and Nutrition Around the Globe; and The Changing Face of Organic Consumers.

On Friday and Saturday, the Chinese American Food Society will host a symposium in conjunction with IFT, and on Wednesday, there is an all-day International Food Nanoscience Conference and a timely all-day discussion on Global Food Safety and Quality.

On the expo floor specialty pavilions -- Healthy Food Ingredients, Organic Food Ingredients, Global Food Safety and Quality and International -- will be set up to showcase emerging trends. Mintel International will conduct educational forums and tastings of global food products and present trends in healthy foods.

Also mixing trends and tastings will be Innova, which offers a series of poster sessions and video presentations on food for seniors, healthy options, ethnic trends and beverages of the future -- as well as samples of more than 200 international products.

Back by popular demand, chefs from the Research Chefs Assn., teamed with IFT food scientists and RCA student members, will present live culinology demos with a theme. On Sunday, it's Children and Obesity; Monday, it's Campus Dining; and on Tuesday, Adult Wellness.

When your feet give out, relax and network with fellow attendees at the Conversation Café in the exhibit hall. Each day, tables will be assigned a variety of topics for debate and insight. You also will gain insight from the magnificent miles of displays and sessions to keep your product development teams on the cutting edge of food science and technology.

For more information on the food show, see www.ift.org.

Our kind of town, Chicago is

If you have some extra time, enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Chicago. Baseball fans can catch an afternoon game July 29 between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays at relatively close U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park). Or catch an evening game on the North Side July 30, 31 or Aug. 1 between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies at beautiful Wrigley Field.

On the museum front, check out "Shoot for the Moon" at the Adler Planetarium, which features astronaut Jim Lovell's journey, the fully-restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and his collection of personal space artifacts. Or head over to the Field Museum for "The True Story of Ancient America," from the arrival of small groups of hunter-gatherers, whose way of life survived into the 20th century, to the great but fragile empires of the Aztecs and the Incas -- empires that stretched thousands of miles, encompassed as many as 10 million people, and came to sudden, brutal ends.

Speaking of brutal ends, the Museum of Science and Industry offers The "CSI" Experience. You have a choice of investigating three different crime scenes, identifying evidence at the scene guided by investigators from the CBS television series "CSI" along with their real-life forensic science counterparts.

If water floats your boat, take the Wendella Chicago River Architecture Tour. Tours depart at various times seven days a week and board at 400 North Michigan Ave. (at the Wrigley Building -- the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the start of the Magnificent Mile). Guides will provide you with unique insight into Chicago's architecture.

If you want a few laughs, take a cab for an 8 p.m. performance at The Second City mainstage theatre (1616 N. Wells St.; 312-337-3992). "Between Barack and a Hard Place" takes a humorous look at a nation divided: "Red state vs. blue, smokers vs. non-smokers, art lovers vs. philistines, dozens of potential presidential candidates vs. each other and the terrorists vs. … well, everybody."

It's music to your ears, and your pocketbook since it's free, if you take in the Grant Park Music Festival on Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. (Pritzker Music Pavilion, between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue at Washington Street), where the Grant Park Orchestra will play the music of French composers Poulenc, Debussy and Ravel.

IFT Directory

With an estimated 1,000 exhibit booths, the IFT Show floor can be daunting. Let us direct you to some of the most interesting and innovative exhibitors at the show via this directory, with companies listed by category. And don't forget to visit the Food Processing booth: 717.

 

IFT Expo Exhibitors
INGREDIENTS
Colorings
colorMaker Booth 1370
D.D. Williamson Booth 1370
San Joaquin Valley Concentrate Booth 1966
Dairy & Egg Ingredients
Grain Millers Booth 329
Kraft Food Ingredients Booth 154
Flavors--Savory
colorMaker  Booth 1370
D.D. Williamson  Booth 1370
Kraft Food Ingredients  Booth 1548
Flavors--Sweet
Cargill  Booth 2348
colorMaker  Booth 1370
D.D. Williamson  Booth 1370
Kraft Food Ingredients  Booth 154
Oregon Freeze Dry  Booth 3137
Fruits, Nuts & Vegetables
Hilton Soy Foods  Booth 5449
Ocean Spray Ingredient Techy.  Booth 3713
Oregon Freeze Dry  Booth 3137
San Joaquin Valley Concentrate  Booth 1966
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Booth 2974
Valley Fig Growers  Booth 4077
Van Drunen Farms  Booth 4555
Grain Products
Cargill  Booth 2348
Grain Millers  Booth 329
Hilton Soy Foods  Booth 5449
MGP Ingredients  Booth 4739
National Starch   Booth 942
Pizzey's Milling USA  Booth 2573
Van Drunen Farms  Booth 4555
Starches
MGP Ingredients  Booth 4739
National Starch   Booth 942
Sweeteners (inc. sugar and non-nutritive replacements)
Cargill  Booth 2348
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Booth 2974
Valley Fig Growers  Booth 4077
Texturizers/Stabilizers (emulsifiers, gums & hydrocolloids, stabilizers)
Cargill  Booth 2348
ICL Performance Products  Booth 348
National Starch   Booth 942
HEALTHY INGREDIENTS
Antioxidants & Phytochemicals
ADM  Booth 153
Cargill  Booth 2348
colorMaker  Booth 1370
D.D. Williamson  Booth 1370
InterHealth Nutraceuticals  Booth 1526
Ocean Spray Ingredient Techy.  Booth 3713
Oregon Freeze Dry  Booth 3137
Pizzey's Milling USA  Booth 2573
Rohm and Haas  Booth 5230
San Joaquin Valley Concentrate  Booth 1966
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Booth 2974
Van Drunen Farms  Booth 4555
Fat Replacers & Healthy Oils
ADM  Booth 153
Cargill  Booth 2348
MGP Ingredients  Booth 4739
Pizzey's Milling USA  Booth 2573
United Soybean Board  Booth 2717
Valley Fig Growers  Booth 4077
Fiber
ADM  Booth 153
Cargill  Booth 2348
Grain Millers  Booth 329
Hilton Soy Foods  Booth 5449
MGP Ingredients  Booth 4739
National Starch   Booth 942
Pizzey's Milling USA  Booth 2573
Valley Fig Growers  Booth 4077
Functional Ingredients
ICL Performance Products  Booth 348
Ocean Spray Ingredient Techy.  Booth 3713
Oregon Freeze Dry  Booth 3137
San Joaquin Valley Concentrate  Booth 1966
Herbs and Botanicals
InterHealth Nutraceuticals  Booth 1526
Van Drunen Farms  Booth 4555
Soy
ADM  Booth 153
Cargill  Booth 2348
Hilton Soy Foods  Booth 5449
United Soybean Board  Booth 2717
Vitamins & Minerals
ICL Performance Products  Booth 348
InterHealth Nutraceuticals  Booth 1526
OTHER
Business Services
Esha Research  Booth 770
Commodity Associations
United Soybean Board  Booth 2717
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Booth 2974
Food Safety, Quality Control & Laboratory Equipment
Esha Research  Booth 770
MicroThermics  Booth 2313
Remco Products  Booth 3229
Packaging
Grain Millers  Booth 329
Processing Equipment
Coperion  Booth 3870
MicroThermics  Booth 2313
Rohm and Haas  Booth 5230
Wenger Manufacturing  Booth 5130
Westfalia Separator  Booth 3977

 

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