For nearly 80 years, the IFT has hosted the annual summertime event as a meeting, educational event, and ingredient showcase.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the organization to move the event to a virtual environment to ensure participant safety, and to make way for the Army Corps of Engineers who needed to use McCormick Place as an overflow hospital.
After careful consideration, the president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Noel Anderson, announced last month that the virtual format will continue for the 2021 event. Scheduled for July 19-21, the FIRST21 event promotes numerous opportunities to connect with leading companies, innovative startups, and top researchers in the industry.
In their recent announcement, they explained, “The pandemic has presented many challenges, and in those challenges, we have found exciting opportunities to innovate and transform… we will be sharing information about the new and innovative ways you will be able to meet, share, discuss, and explore the latest science, research, ingredients, and product solutions digitally this summer.”
Discounts are available for early registration to the event through June 4, 2021.
Learn more about and register for the event here.