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Why Join?

As a member of IFT, youre a key part of our vibrant community that is shaping the future of the food science and technology profession. Access resources to expand your knowledge and fuel your career. Capitalize on opportunities to connect with peers, explore leading-edge thinking and research, and participate in special events and seminars that will provide you with the tools you need to succeed. As a part of the IFT community of food professionals, you can:

The Value of Membership

Your IFT membership dues are a solid investment in your career, both now and in the future. With the substantial savings and benefits IFT members receive, its only a matter of time before you completely recoup your membership fee member benefits are worth over $2,000 annually! Its a small price to pay for such a large investment in your career.

Membership Types
Individuals who are active professionals within any aspect of the food science and technology profession are encouraged to join. Member Dues: $190 annually

 IFT is a great networking resource for professionals in the food science and technology industry. The IFT Membership Directory is invaluable for finding old contacts and making new ones.
Tanya Ditschun, Senomyx, Inc.

Connect with the people you want to know...

Share expertise and insights, online and in person Identify new opportunities for your organization Extend your local professional network through IFT sections Expand and enhance your business Form relationships with colleagues from around the world

Benefits Value 15 on-demand webcasts Access to the IFT Salary Survey 8 professional development webcasts for New Professionals Subscription to Food Technology magazine $375 $99 $392 $190 $100 in savings $165 in savings Up to $220 in savings Up to $270 in savings

Professional Member
IFT Members who meet IFTs education, training, and experience requirements may apply for Professional Membership. Requirements:  A bachelors, higher degree, or equivalent, in disciplines associated with food science and technology from a recognized teaching institution  Five years of professional experience in food science and technology, for which a masters degree or equivalent may be presented in lieu of one (1) years experience, or a doctorate degree in lieu of three (3) years experience OR any non-food science related bachelors or higher degree, or equivalent, from a recognized teaching institution  Ten years of documented contributions to the profession and, if applicable, to IFT Professional Member Dues: $190 annually

Access the information you need now...

Applied scientific and technical research New product and technology developments Breaking industry news Consumer trends Regulatory and public policy changes

Wellness conference registration discount


Food Policy Impact conference registration discount


Annual Meeting & Food Expo registration discount Discounts on Short Courses

Student Member
If youre studying food science or a related field, we welcome you to apply for Student Membership. Requirements:  A full-time student pursuing a degree (associates or higher) in the field of food science and technology, or in one of the sciences or branches of engineering related to food science and technology  Applications must be endorsed by a faculty member Student Member Dues: $50 annually

Build the food industry career of your dreams...

Continuing education programs IFT Career Center Volunteer leadership opportunities and peer recognition Special programs for students and new professionals

Discounted subscription to the Journal of Food Science Up to $713 in savings Discounts on IFT online courses and webcasts Access to our online eCareerMentor program Resources & tools developed specifically for our New Professional members Leadership opportunities Up to $100 in savings Exclusive to members

Exclusive to members Exclusive to members Exclusive to student members

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships

Total Value of Membership Benefits

Over $2,000

Were Food Professionals Like You... About IFT

Members come from many roles within the food profession, including: Food Science Academic Research & Teaching Chemistry & Microbiology Marketing & Brand Management Research & Development Technical Sales Regulatory Affairs Executive Management Quality Control or Quality Assurance At IFT, weve found a home for all of the disciplines within the food industry. Founded in 1939, IFT exists to advance the science of food. Our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. We have offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C. For additional information, please visit ift.org. Envision what the best minds from industry, academia, and government can achieve when they work together providing new solutions so that each and every person on the planet has access to safe, healthy, and abundant food. This energy embodies the spirit of IFT, a nonprofit scientific society of over 17,000 food professionals from more than 100 countries who learn, share, collaborate, and grow, transforming scientific knowledge and research into innovative solutions throughout the global food system.

Invaluable Benefits. Affordable Membership.

Get both when you join IFT.

Who Are Members of IFT?

Were a community of food science and technology professionals from every part of the world and every sector... industry, academia, and government... who are committed to scientific advancement and innovation throughout the global food system. As part of the community, we share and accelerate discoveries that lead to a nutritious and accessible global food supply.

Why Wait?
Join online today at ift.org/membership or download a membership application and return it by mail to begin taking advantage of the benefits of membership in IFT.

 IFT is a good way to stay current in the industry and stay connected with your peers. It is interesting to see what theories are being researched at the local meetings and the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo is very engaging.
Christina Staunton, Nestle USA Inc.

Call us at IFT Central: +1.312.782.8424 or 1.800.IFT.FOOD.

Join the premier education and advocacy organization for the food science and technology profession.

 If you want to have a career as a food professional in the food science and technology industry, joining IFT is imperative.
Stanley Hong, Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Institute of Food Technologists 525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 1000 Chicago, Illinois 60607-3830 USA +1.312.782.8424 +1.312.782.8348 Fax ift.org