KANSAS CITY — The Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition represents a snapshot of the current trends driving the food and beverage industry. Food and beverage manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, academic researchers from around the world, and students interested in food science — the people who may arguably be the future of the industry — gather in one place for four or five days during the year to discuss the near- and long-term challenges facing the industry. Following this year’s event, held July . . .