Sunday, July 14, 2013

Day 1: Institute of Food Technologies 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo

The Institute of Food Technologies 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo began today, July 14, 2013 and will run through July 16 at the Robert McCormick Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The event began with a keynote address from CNN reporter and Time Magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria. His message was a simple one: look at history, and you will see that when human beings confront a problem constructively and positively, they will find a way to solve it. Zakaria told IFT members not to worry, though it was human nature to do so. For many companies exhibiting at the IFT expo, there were several things to worry about: the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), the increased production of high-oleic acids, packaging, labeling, and other issues involving edible oils in food science.

With 20,000 attendees from over 100 countries, more than 200 new products, and over 100 companies in attendance, the IFT Annual Meeting and Expo has brought together some of the greatest minds in food sciences and edible oils to consider many possible solutions to these issues. Several AOCS members and member companies are in attendance, such as Bunge, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and many more. AOCS is also at the expo at Booth 4515. For those unable to attend, here are a few early highlights. Members who have a Twitter account can also receive updates and information about the meeting by following IFT's hashtag #IFT13.
Fareed Zakaria during the keynote address. He also advised IFT members to consider ancillary product costs such as water and energy consumption in creating food products.

3rd floor of McCormick Place for the IFT Expo

Expo entrance

Technical specialist Gina Clapper at the AOCS booth, Booth 4515, at the IFT Expo.

The Soy Connection booth, part of the United Soybean Board.
More to come from the IFT Expo!

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