Congratulations to our 2018-2019 IFTSA Competition Winners!

Mars Wrigley ConfectioneryThe 29th Annual IFTSA & MARS Wrigley Confectionery Product Development Competition

In this long-standing annual competition, each participating team develops a new food idea and carries the concept through production and marketing, similar to a commercial product development team.

  • 1st: TryDough, Michigan State University
  • 2nd: Trinipea, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • 3rd: Waffull Wands, Cornell University

Chapter of the Year

The Chapter of the Year Award honors one IFTSA Chapter for exceptional participation, strong leadership, community outreach and providing opportunities that utilize the talents of all their members. This competition also honors an outstanding chapter in each of the following areas: Connect, Develop, and Support.

  • Chapter of the Year - Brigham Young University
  • Outstanding Chapter: Connect – ESPOL
  • Outstanding Chapter: Develop – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Outstanding Chapter: Support – Cornell University

Nestle PurinaCollege Bowl Competition

Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia.

  • National Champion: University of Wisconsin-Madison from the North Central Area
  • Runner-up: The Ohio State University from the Midwest Area

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. More information about the SDGs can be found  here. Create a nutritious food product targeting a particular developing country and addressing at least TWO of the UN’s SDGs, excluding the ‘zero hunger’ SDG.

  • 1st: MORINGAU, Lund University (Sweden)
  • 2nd: Go-Crokies, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
  • 3rd: Jack Mung, Taylor's University Lakeside Campus (Malaysia)

Excellence in Leadership Award

The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes two student members of IFT, one undergraduate and one graduate student, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.

  • Graduate Recipient: Nigel Chimbetete (Alabama A&M University)
  • Undergraduate Recipient: Nayara Luna Guzmán (Cornell University)

Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition

The IFTSA Smart Snacks for Kids Competition challenges students to develop a fun and nutritious food or beverage product targeted at kids and/or teens. Products must abide by the USDA Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools recommendations.

  • 1st: Smooshables Yogurt, Rutgers University
  • 2nd: Cosmic Crackers, Utah State University
  • 3rd: Dip-A-Roos, California Polytechnic State University -Pomona

CampdenGraduate Video Competition

In this competition, developed in partnership with Campden BRI, graduate students submitted videos of three minutes or less describing their research in a fun and engaging way. The winner of the competition will receive a 10-day trip to visit Campden BRI in the United Kingdom and gain insight into the European food and drink industry.

  • 2019 Winner: Alexander Joseph Taylor, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 

Undergraduate Research Competition

Six undergraduate finalists will present their original research projects both orally and via poster, vying for first, second, and third place recognition in New Orleans.

  • 1st: Sarah Caballero, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona 
    Comparison of Plant and Animal-Origin Proteins for the Impact of Maillard Conjugation on Nanoemulsion Formation and Stability 
  • 2nd: Kuanrong Zhu, The Ohio State University 
    Fingerprinting maple syrup by vibrational spectroscopy and pattern recognition 
  • 3rd: Nicholas Pham, University of Missouri 
    Effect of NaCl on emulsification properties of heated whey protein isolate and pectin soluble complexes at pI \