The Minnesota Section is a regional section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) with a tradition of excellence and leadership development. The territory of the section includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, northern Iowa and northwestern Wisconsin. The organizational meeting of the Minnesota Section of IFT was held on October 15, 1956, at the Hotel Normandy in Minneapolis. In March 1957, the Constitution and Bylaws were adopted. The membership has grown from the original 18 in 1956 to over 1000 members, making it one of the largest sections of the Institute of Food Technologists.
The Minnesota Section is a regional section of the Institute of Food Technologists (INSTITUTE) a non-profit scientific society which offers a broad program of publications, scientific meetings and educational activities for its members and the public. The mission of the INSTITUTE is to promote the application of science and technology for the improvement of production, processing, packaging, distribution, preparation, evaluation and utilization of foods in order to provide better and more adequate foods for people. The Minnesota Section was formed to meet the following objectives:
- To promote interest in the field of food science and technology
- To encourage and provide forms for discussing and disseminating technical and other information relating to the production, processing, packaging, distribution, preparation, evaluation and utilization of food.
- To advance the profession of food science and technology by promoting the maintenance of high professional standards among members.
- To enhance cooperative relations with the facilities and students of educational institutions in the section area the provide food science and technology and related courses.