CHICAGO – September 28, 2022 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced it has partnered with the first IFT section in Latin America, Mexico Section IFT, to further support connection among the global food system communities and promote the science of food and its applications. The Mexico Section is the fourth international section of IFT, joining the U.K., British Columbia and Japan.
“We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Mexico Section IFT and reaffirm our commitment toward advancing the science of food through innovation,” said IFT CEO Christie Tarantino-Dean. “The Mexico Section not only supports our efforts to diversify and expand the expertise of our membership but also brings unique perspectives to the greater IFT organization as we work to build a safe, sustainable and nutritious global food supply for all.”
Mexico Section IFT provides an opportunity for members to collaborate and strengthen connections with those at the core of the third largest food processing sector in the Americas. Currently, 9.3 million people in Mexico are involved with the generation and transformation of agricultural and fish products along with more than 800,000 workers employed by the food processing industry. The partnership with Mexico Section IFT will expand IFT’s resources and networking opportunities to one of the world’s largest food processing industries.
“We’re proud to represent IFT in our country and carry out our unified mission to promote food science and technology throughout all stages of food production,” said Mexico Section IFT President Mario Roberto Monroy. “We look forward to inspiring a new generation of Spanish-speaking food technologists while reconnecting old colleagues to cultivate a vibrant network of professionals in Mexico and across the globe.”
The Mexico Section IFT was originally formed in 1956 and saw varying periods of activity over the years. Through sheer determination, Monroy and an executive committee comprised of local science of food professionals were instrumental in making the revitalization of the Mexico Section a reality. Members of this committee include Vice President Juan Vilches of Food Innovation Studio, Secretary Cristina Chuck-Hernández with Tecnológico de Monterrey, Treasurer Antonio Araiza Bricaire of AMTEX CORP, and Marketing Leader Katya De la Fuente of MasterSense.
Members of this section are currently onsite at The Food Tech Summit & Expo and can be found at Booth 922. For more information on future events and about how science of food professionals can join this dynamic community, visit the Mexico Section IFT website.
About Institute of Food Technologists
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of approximately 12,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. Our organization works to ensure that our members have the resources they need to learn, grow, and advance the science of food as the population and the world evolve. We believe that science is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit ift.org.