The 28th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition

The deadline has passed.

The 28th Annual IFT Student Association & MARS Product Development Competition is a chance for students to take all of the skills and knowledge learned in school and apply them to a real-world situation. Each participating school's team develops a new food idea and carries the concept through marketing and production, much like a commercial product development team. This is a great opportunity for any student to get involved in food science and IFTSA. It challenges organizational, teamwork, creative, and scientific skills.

2017 Winners:

1st place: Cornell University
2nd place: Michigan State University
3rd place: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Honorable Mentions: Penn State University; Virginia Tech; Rutgers University


  • $1,000 travel grant for finalist teams
  • 1st place: $4,000
  • 2nd place: $2,500
  • 3rd place: $1,000

February 1
Preliminary proposals due

May 15
Final proposals due

July 15 - 18, 2018
Final Judging and Competition
IFT18, Chicago, IL

Schedule of Events (TBA)

Jennifer Zomiak
Virginia Tech

Competition Rules (PDF)
Sample Verification Letter (PDF)
IFTSA Competition Penalty Policy



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