Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is the leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology.

As an independent professional body, IFST provides impartial, science-based information. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed papers, guides, periodicals and reports, we hold events, lectures and conferences throughout the year for members and non-members.

We aim to serve the needs of our members who are based in business, research, education and governmental organisations and across the food sector from primary production to manufacture, retail and foodservice. Members are individuals who benefit from knowledge resources, our professional and social network, and career and professional development opportunities.

Knowledge resources are produced to provide interpretation of the current and upcoming scientific and technical issues and range from information statements, to our technical guides, which develop knowledge and help members advance in their professional career in the fast-paced food sector. In addition, we develop proactive policy positions in areas of priority for IFST and our members.

Our professional and social network meets online through our community platform and where possible in person. Opportunities to be an active member exist through volunteering via competition judging, mentoring, or being part of a committee or working group. Members meet socially through our branch network.

We also aim to be a source of professionalism in our field that reflects the dynamic and innovative nature of food science and technology. We provide independent certification of knowledge and skills. Our professional registers and accreditation schemes are widely recognised and valued throughout the sector as the benchmark for skills and expertise for food professionals.
IFST focusses its policy priorities around sustainability, education, food safety and regulatory issues and is a growing organisation that works for food technical professionals to develop their knowledge, community and career progression. Join us today!