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The Institute of Food Technologists is transitioning its annual event and food expo to a virtual experience, the group announced Monday night. IFT20 was scheduled for July 12-15 in Chicago.
In a video posted to IFT’s conference website, IFT Board President Pam Coleman said this decision was thought to be the safest course of action in light of continuing developments around the spread of COVID-19. The decision was made now to give food scientists, experts and exhibitors time to change their travel plans and shift gears.
“IFT’s board focused on a solution that provided an engaging, accessible and inclusive platform which will be able to convene our global community, enabling us to connect, to learn, to share knowledge and to advance the science of food and food innovation — a purpose that is more important today than ever before,” Coleman said in the video.