Bryan Hitchcock appointed Chief Science and Technology Officer of the Institute of Food Technologists

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE). Hitchcock takes over the role from former IFT President John Ruff, who has served in an interim capacity for the past two years.

Hitchcock joined IFT in 2019 as Senior Director, Food Chains and Executive Director of the Global Food Traceability Center, leading efforts to address food traceability challenges and opportunities across the supply chain.

“Over the past three years, Bryan has expanded the reach and reputation of our Global Food Traceability Center and expanded its portfolio of projects,” said IFT CEO Christie Tarantino-Dean. “Through his outstanding strategic skills, vision and leadership qualities, he has championed solid science and its application. I look forward to Bryan’s continued contributions to the IFT as he assumes this important role.”

As Chief Science and Technology Officer, Hitchcock will oversee critical food science initiatives and guide basic scientific research through to its application in the food system. He will continue to lead the Global Food Traceability Center while overseeing IFT’s Science and Policy, Knowledge and Learning, and Scientific Journal Publishing teams.

“I am very pleased to serve as IFT’s Chief Science and Technology Officer for Food Science,” said Hitchcock. “As the global food system evolves rapidly, science and technology play an increasingly important role; Together we at IFT can make a tremendous contribution to ensuring a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply.”

Prior to joining IFT, Hitchcock spent nearly two decades at PepsiCo, most recently as senior director of research and development, where he gained extensive product and process development expertise in the food and beverage industry and a wealth of experience in relation to new Product and technology innovation, ingredients, processing, quality/food safety, supply chain and people development.

Learn more about the leadership team at IFT here.

About the Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization with approximately 12,000 individual members from 95 countries dedicated to advancing food science. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and allied professions from academia, government and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. Our organization works to ensure our members have the resources they need to learn, expand, and advance food science as populations and the world evolve. We believe science is essential to ensure a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious and accessible to all. Visit for more information.


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