The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo will take place on 28 July to 1 August, 2007 at McCormick Place South, Chicago.

It aims to bring together experts from the baking and food industry, including technologists, scientists, buyers and sellers from all over the world. Visitors will see a variety of new products and learn about market trends. It also offers a chance to interact and exchange information with peers.

International attendees will find more than 20 educational sessions, addressing issues such as research and product development, packaging, dietary supplements and functional foods, emerging science and technology, antioxidants in food preservation and in health promotion, post-harvest intervention technologies and quality assurance.

International food giant Cargill is set to showcase health-oriented convenience food at the show, in response to consumer and customer demand. Cargill prototypes featured at IFT 2007 will include:

l baked goods with flavour variety and healthier fats

l adult-focused indulgent cereal and convenient snacks with health benefits

l confections with no or reduced sugar and low calories

l organics, including a decadent organic confection.

Jason Jennings, best-selling author, will also deliver a Keynote Address, on Sunday, 29 July, which will draw on the food science industry, sharing insights into the ways in which leading organisations are innovating.

More than 23,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.