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IFT 2015 Chicago Recap

by Arlene Mathes-Scharf; Copyright © 2015 Scharf Associates

I went to the IFT 2015 in Chicago to keep abreast of what is relevant in the food industry to kosher.

One theme of the talks and exhibits in the show is protein. People in the food industry are concerned that there will not be enough protein available to feed everyone.

Alternative Proteins: Alternative proteins was one the biggest topics at the IFT annual convention in Chicago in July.

Additional point of interest to the Kosher Food Community:
Most of the exhibitors at the accompanying trade show exhibit the ingredients that are used by food manufacturers in their products. I asked the people manning the booths if the products are kosher and if so, the identity of the certifying agency. Most of the people representing the companies knew they were kosher but did not know the identity of the certifying agfency. Very few of the booths displayed any kosher logo. Meanwhile, a couple of Halal agencies were exhibiting at the show and their logos were prominently displayed at many booths.

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