Chicago, IL—IFT21 is going digital. The Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) will transition the event to a fully digital experience, which will still take place July 19-21. The move is an effort to prioritize the health and safety of participants and community.

“After thoughtful consideration, IFT’s Board of Directors made the decision to transition IFT’s onsite annual event and food expo into a fully digital experience,” said IFT President Noel Anderson, Ph.D., in a press release. “We believe this to be the best and safest course of action in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic developments.”

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The event has convened annually for 80 years, intended to share trends, ingredients, product solutions, research, and insights. The 2021 digital experience is designed with the same purpose in mind, the press release says, and will allow participants to explore what interests them safely.

“This was not an easy decision for our Board to make, but the health and well-being of our members, partners, colleagues, exhibitors, and attendees is our top priority. We believe a digital experience is the safest option,” said IFT CEO Christie Tarantino-Dean. “We have been planning several new and innovative ways to engage the global food community through a new state-of-the-art platform and are excited to be sharing more information soon.”

Further details will be shared on iftevent.orgin the coming weeks.