About the Challenge Find out in June who will be voted the 2019 IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year TM

As part of IFT’s mission to encourage entrepreneurialism and innovation, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM is a new competition designed to help emerging and investment-ready food companies advance the science of food by providing mentorship and visibility to further the positive impact on our global food supply. Finalists will be chosen to share their innovations in a high-profile pitching competition at IFT19 in New Orleans June 2-5.



The six finalists of the inaugural IFT Food Disruption ChallengeTM were:

c-fu Foods Inc.

C-Fu Foods – an ingredient innovation company developing the next generation of insect-based, value-added food ingredients. The company’s goal is to support the emerging insect food sector with high quality functional ingredients that solve the technical challenges that limit the use of insects in food.

Inductive Intelligence

Inductive Intelligence – a packaging technology company that makes it possible to safely and conveniently heat foods and drinks in disposable package, using the same device you use to charge your mobile phone battery.


Nebullam – a food technology company providing new vertical farmers with High Pressure Aeroponic systems, powered by artificial intelligence.

Renewal Mill

Renewal Mill – a CPG and ingredient company that creates high-value superfood ingredients and foods from the $6 billion of unused fiber and starch byproducts of legumes, vegetables, and fruits produced annually.


Rise Products – a food technology company that uses a patent-pending process to convert organic by-products into healthy, tasty, and sustainable food products, starting by turning spent barley from brewers into flour.


Re-Nuble – an agricultural technology company that uses an inexpensive, patent-pending process to transform food waste into chemical-free, organic nutrients for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation.

About the Judges

A group of prestigious judges representing influential sectors of the food and related industries, will select a finalist to be the recipient of the IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the YearTM award including a $25,000 cash prize. Food Disruption ChallengeTM session attendees will also be asked to select an IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the YearTM People’s Choice awardee for a cash prize of $5,000. In addition to the cash prizes, other services and products helpful for entrepreneurial advancement will also be included.

If you would like to learn more and view the list of judges from the 2018 competition, click here.


Connect with Other Food Disruptors

Join the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge'sTM Facebook group to stay-up-to-date with competition information, meet and share insights other entrepreneurs, and be informed about competition developments.


Be sure to reference our helpful FAQ webpage. Should you have any further questions about the competition, please direct them to fooddisruption@ift.org

IFTNEXT is generously supported by Ingredion Incorporated, IFT’s IFTNEXT Platinum Innovation Sponsor.

Ingredion Incorporated