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

How can we feed our future planet safely, nutritiously, and sustainably? Through innovation, creativity, and ingenuity. This is why the institute of Food Technologists (IFT) created the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Competition. 

As part of IFT’s mission to encourage entrepreneurism and innovation, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM is a competition designed to help emerging and investment-ready food companies advance the science of food and recognize the innovations having a positive impact on our global food supply. Finalists will be chosen to share their innovations in a high-profile pitch competition at IFT19 in New Orleans, June 2-5, 2019 where they will compete to win the $25,000 competition grand prize. The audience will also select a finalist to receive the people’s choice award of $5,000.


IFT19 IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Competition Finalists

IFT is excited to announce the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Competition finalists who will compete in a live pitching event in New Orleans June 4!

En Solución Inc.
Designs innovative technology and methods to improve the efficacy, environmental impact, and expense of existing postharvest wash processes.

Chinova Bioworks Inc.
Developed a new, natural, clean label preservative extracted from mushrooms called chitosan.

Gabanna
Develops products and ingredient solutions exploiting the East African Highland green cooking banana.

Heliponix, LLC
Disrupts the way consumers obtain produce by converting highly perishable goods to non-perishable pods through an IoT enabled device.

Yarok Microbio
Developed a breakthrough technology for fast detection of dangerous bacteria (E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) for the food industry.

Who will be the IFT19 IFTNEXT Food Disruptor of the YearTM? Join us at IFT19 for the live pitching competition to find out!


Round 2 Finalists

Congratulations to our final round finalists! From this group, five companies will be selected to participate in the IFT19 Food Disruption ChallengeTM live pitch competition on Tuesday, June 4.

Amai Proteins
Chinova Bioworks Inc.
En Solución Inc.
Gabanna
Heliponix, LLC
Savormetrics
SnapDNA
Spira Inc
Treasure8
Yarok Microbio


Round 1 Semi-Finalists

Advance International, Inc.
Amai Proteins
Antithesis
Asarasi
Believe in Bambara
better juice
Chinova Bioworks Inc.
ClearMeat
Cowboy Cricket Farms
En Solución Inc.
Gabanna
Heliponix, LLC 
Kull Foods

NanoSpy, Inc. 
Persea Naturals LLC

Pulp Pantry
Redefine Meat (by Jet-Eat)
Savormetrics
ScanX Technologies
SnapDNA
Spira Inc
Spoon Guru
Sweetpot Yogurt
Treasure8
Yarok Microbio

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. In addition to 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.

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Questions?

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