Special Presentations

General Session: CEO Panel - Is Big Food, Bad Food?

Join CEO’s Alan D. Wilson of McCormick Company, David Cotton of Flying Food Group, and James C. Borel of DuPont Pioneer, to discuss and debate major questions impacting the global food system. Moderated by Ron Insana, a highly respected business journalist and money manager who for over two decades has been a contributor to CNBC and MSNBC, as well as a contributing author to Money Magazine and USA Today, this session promises to provide unique insights into the current consumer perception challenges faced by today’s food businesses.

Alan D. Wilson, McCormick Company
Alan D. Wilson
Ron Insana
Ron Insana
David Cotton, Flying Food Group
David Cotton

General Session: Women in Food Science Business Panel

Explore the changing roles of women in the food industry while celebrating the accomplishments of women in food science! Join the panelists below as they share insights on how they overcame challenges within their own careers.

  • Catherine Woteki, Ph.D., Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Sara Mortimore, Vice President Product Safety, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Liz Myslik, CEO, Fresca Brands, EVP, brand management, Fresca Foods, Inc.
Catherine Woteki
Catherine Woteki
Sara Mortimore
Sara Mortimore
Liz Myslik
Liz Myslik

General Session: Futurist Mike Walsh

Futurist and renowned author Mike Walsh will share emerging trends and technologies, as well as shifts in consumer behavior, and how these disruptive changes are likely to impact the food industry. The first 750 attendees will receive Mike’s book, “The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas.”

Watch this video to get a preview of one of the major trends Mike will cover in his presentation. 

Mike Walsh

General Session: FutureFood 2050: The Art of Producing a Science-Based Documentary

Learn about the making of IFT’s new documentary film, “Food Evolution,” from Oscar nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and get an insider’s preview of the film prior to its release.

Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Featured Lectures

Mark Post, MD, Ph.D.
Chair of Physiology; Vice Dean of Biomedical Technology, Maastricht University

Advanced Food Technology: Culturing Meat Outside of the Animal
Sunday, July 12  |  4:00 - 4:45 p.m.Sunday, July 12  |  4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Post will share his experience in developing the world’s first lab grown beef (made from stem cells) to address the global need for more sustainable meat production.

Mark Post, MD, Ph.D.

Mark L. Heiman, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Science Officer for MicroBiome Therapeutics

Therapy for Gastrointestinal Microbiome-Associated Diseases Requires Dietary Diversity
Monday, July 13  |   4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Heiman will discuss his research into the way food and food ingredients modulate the GI microbiome.

Mark L. Heiman, Ph.D.