About IFST

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Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. We are an internationally respected independent membership body, supporting food professionals through knowledge sharing and professional recognition.

The Institute’s core aim is the advancement of food science and technology based on impartial science and knowledge sharing.

Our membership comprises individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, from students to experts, working across a wide range of disciplines within the sector.

IFST is a registered charity (no 1121681) and a company limited by guarantee (no 930776).

Public Benefit

Our aim is to promote the advancement and application of food science and technology for the benefit, safety and health of the public.

Our Mission

Is to act as the voice of the profession by:

  • Facilitating the development and sharing of knowledge underlying food science and technology and its application;
  • Providing an independent, representative and responsive voice on food science and technology issues on behalf of those working in the sector – whether in academia, business, education, research or Government Departments and Agencies;
  • Establishing, promoting and advancing professional development and professional standards and ethics for those working in any way within the field of food science and technology;
  • Encouraging the highest calibre new entrants to the sector through the promotion of food science and technology as an exciting, worthwhile and aspirational career path.

Our Vision

To be respected by and engaged with our relevant stakeholder communities as the UK’s leading food science & technology professional body.

Strategic Priorities

To achieve our vision the Institute will focus on the following six strategic priorities:

Priority 1 - Engagement through communications and knowledge sharing

The Institute will strive to extend the sharing of relevant, accessible food science and technology knowledge amongst its members and to its chosen stakeholder groups.

Priority 2 – Influencing key stakeholders

The Institute will increasingly use its unique, independent, evidence-based voice to influence key stakeholders on relevant food science and technology related topics.

Priority 3 - Professional standards and development

The Institute will continue grow its critical role in setting and accrediting professional standards for food scientists and technologists.

Priority 4 - Membership enrolment, participation and retention

The Institute is committed to increasing its numbers of members in a balanced way across all categories of membership and encouraging members’ active participation in its activities to further their own career development and contribute to the Institute’s activities.

Priority 5 - Careers and education support and promotion

The Institute will strive to ensure that a stream of new talent enters the food profession and that students, together with their learning institutions, are actively engaged with and supported by the Institute. We will also promote food science and technology as an excellent career option.

Priority 6 - Financial stability and sustainability

The Institute will ensure it has sustainable income streams by commitment to priorities 1 to 5 above and by continuing to develop new products/services that meet the changing needs of members and the sector generally. These will all be underpinned by effective cost control and sound financial and risk management.


IFST is a registered charity (no 1121681) and a company limited by guarantee (no 930776).  The company's directors are the Board of Trustees, elected by the membership.  Seven Standing Committees (each chaired by a Trustees) advise the Board of Trustees on the topics and activities for which they are responsible.

More on governance


As a charity and professional body that is independent of government, industry and any other organisation, IFST is in a prime position to provide impartial, science-based information. Through responses to formal consultations, we provide perspectives to Governments and other bodies seeking sound independent viewpoints. In addition we develop proactive policy positions in areas of priority for IFST and its members.  


Our Corporate supporters

IFST is a unique organisation, we’re an independent body dedicated to maintaining high standards within the food and drink sector.

Our corporate supporters recognise the important work that IFST does and provide support that allows us to continue our work in advancing the profession.

If you’d like to become a corporate supporter, please contact Jon Poole.

List of our corporate supporters

Our History

2014 was a big year for IFST, when we celebrated our 50th Jubilee. Here's a look back at our history over the past half-century or so.

Read more about our history