McGill University Food Science Team Wins IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition

August 21, 2015

CHICAGO – A team of students from McGill University has been named the winner in the IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition sponsored by MARS Chocolate North America held during IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation in Chicago.

Food science college student teams across the country were tasked with creating a new food product and carrying the concept through marketing and production, much like a commercial product development team. Judges evaluated the potential success of product entries in today's market, and technical problem solving skills used in product development.

McGill University students developed TiraVerde, a product inspired by classic tiramisu. TiraVerde is a green, satisfying rendition that is packed with avocados. This decadent, healthy snack is a convenient pick-me-up with added protein and fiber. Team members included: Jonathan Khouzam & Kristin Mattice  (team captains), Chloe Anderson, Kayleigh Bossy, Lily Chen, Erik Cheng, Erin Davis, Michelle Fong, Aya Horii, Nancy Ing, Angelia Mah, Nicole Mantilla, Jer Lin Poh, and Teresa Tsang.

The winning team received a plaque and check for $4,000. The winning team will also advance to an international “Competition of Champions” in China this fall. That competition, the CIFST (Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology)/IFT Global Product Development Competition, will be held during the CIFST Food Summit in Dalian, China.  

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is a forward-looking, student-governed community of IFT members. All IFT student members are automatically members of the IFT Student Association. IFTSA enables food science students to interact with peers at other universities and with working professionals and gain real world knowledge through a number of competitions held annually.


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Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 75,000 associates at over 394 sites in 74 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world’s largest food companies, generating global revenues of more than $33 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world’s leading brands: Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Petcare – PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR® and ROYAL CANIN®; Wrigley – ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES®; Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks – KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – WISDOM PANELTM MX, SERAMIS®, and COCOAPROTM.

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