Disney Consumer Products and Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Announce 2010 Nutritious Food for Kids Competition Winners

September 15, 2010


Mindy Weinstein
Kate Greenberg

CHICAGO – Students representing colleges and universities around the country participated in the Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) annual Nutritious Food for Kids Competition at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo held in Chicago.

Reinforcing Disney’s long-term commitment to providing more nutritious food options for kids and recognizing the need to foster food science talent, DCP and IFTSA launched the competition in 2009 to give students the opportunity to apply food science skills through the creation of nutritious, fun, kid-friendly food products.

Student teams were asked to produce a market-relevant, delicious and nutritious snack that integrates a fruit or vegetable in a product targeted to children under the age of 12.  With inspiration from classic Disney characters coupled with learnings from their food science education, this year’s winning student teams developed a unique assortment of nutritious food for kids:

  • Grand Prize: University of California at Davis— (Chereen Leong, Joseph Alexandrouj, Anna Coroselli, Christina Ramsay, Rob Schwarz)
    • Mickey’s Pocket Pies: Small, 100-percent white whole wheat crust pies shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head and filled with a blend of real peaches, bananas, butternut squash, and carrots. The ingredients of the pies are naturally sweet, so there is no added sugar.
    • 1st Place: Cornell University— (W. Robert Mitchell, Ilana Shapiro, Evonne Lau, Yuhang Sun, Cynthia Lopez-Peňa, Alicia Orta-Ramirez*)
      • Finding Nemo’s Pasta Pals: Vegetable-based pasta meal, consisting of colorful gnocchi-like pasta shaped as fish, starfish, and turtles made with sweet potato, spinach, beet, and potato.
      • Honorary Mention: University of Arkansas— (Sunil Perumalla, Mirna Khairallah, Jay Rayaprolu, Utkarsh Shah, Sruthi Tripuraneni, Dr. Navam Hettiarachchy*)
        • Snackatouille: Combo snack that contains three items including cheese-filled chicken-vegetable balls, vegetable dip and two fruit jellies.         
        • Honorary Mention: University of Illinois— (Lydia Anderson, Jessica DeMarke, Michael Just, Jenna McFarland, Susan Brewer*, Aaron Rasmussen*)     
          • Snow White’s Apple Puffs: Gluten-free, crunchy, puffed snack that is made with apples, rice and all natural ingredients.



          About IFT
          The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit scientific society. Our individual members are professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT’s mission is to advance the science of food, and our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply, contributing to healthier people everywhere. 

          For more than 70 years, the IFT has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow. We champion the use of sound science across the food value chain through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education, and by furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit ift.org.

          About Disney Consumer Products
          Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) that extends the Disney brand to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home décor and books and magazines to foods and beverages, stationery, electronics and fine art. This is accomplished through DCP's various lines of business which include: Disney Toys, Disney Fashion & Home, Disney Food, Health & Beauty, and Disney Stationery. Other businesses involved in Disney's consumer products sales are Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines, and www.DisneyStore.com , the company's official shopping portal. The Disney Stores retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and operated by Disney in North America and Europe. The Disney Stores chain in Japan is operated under a license agreement with Disney. For more information, please visit www.DisneyConsumerProducts.com or follow us at www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, www.Facebook.com/DisneyLiving and www.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving.