CHICAGO — The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) on July 17 announced the launch of its Product Development Bootcamp, an online accelerator program designed as a knowledge base for food and beverage companies — including those in the pet nutrition sector — looking to optimize their new product strategies for success.

The 10-module virtual course covers product development skills, strategies and real-world examples shared by industry experts. According to IFT, the course has something for everyone, “from the product development novice to the product development veteran needing a refresher on the basics.”

Course modules include:

  • Leverage Consumer Trends 
  • Ask Better Questions  
  • Communicate Effectively to Marketing 
  • Approach Product Formulations 
  • Optimize Cost & Quality 
  • Source Ingredients      
  • Avoid Allergen Contamination in Your Product Design 
  • Avoid Food Safety Issues in Your Product Design  
  • Approach Shelf-Life Testing 
  • Scale-Up Smoothly 

Professionals who complete the course will have year-round access to IFT’s product development resources, and will also earn an IFT Product Development certificate.

“The product development process can be a long, arduous process,” said Bryan Hitchcock, chief science and technology officer at IFT. “From the moment a product opportunity has been identified through the launch of that new or modified product, time is one of the most valuable resources a product developer has. That’s why IFT developed the Product Development Bootcamp, to teach and reinforce time-saving approaches that give product developers the right tools to efficiently overcome challenges and bring products to market safely and effectively.”

Learn more about the IFT Product Development Bootcamp here.

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