Iowa State University Food Science Student Wins IFT Global Student Innovation Challenge Sponsored by Tate & Lyle

September 18, 2015

CHICAGO – Hanyu Yangcheng from Iowa State University has been named the winner of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Student Innovation Challenge sponsored by Tate & Lyle at IFT15: Where Science Meets Innovation in Chicago.

To view a video recap of the competition, click here.  

This competition challenged graduate students to come up with an ingredient innovation in dairy desserts using one or more raw materials to improve texture, mouthfeel, sweetness, stability, health and wellness, and sensory properties.

In addition to delivering improvements, the dessert concepts had to incorporate an innovative food stabilizer system that delivers texture, aligns with consumer trends, and is fit for the mass consumer market and commercial distribution (grocery stores, convenience marts, and discount retailers), taking into account cost and availability of raw materials.

Hanyu Yangcheng’s product called the KIK-Food Stabilizer System is a blend of natural hydrocolloids that adds body, provides stability, improves mouthfeel, and enhances sweetness in low-fat dairy desserts.

Yangcheng received a plaque in recognition of his achievement and later this year will have the chance to travel and spend time at Tate & Lyle’s global Commercial and Food Innovation Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.

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.


About IFT
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About Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle is a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, with operations in over 30 locations worldwide.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Speciality Food Ingredients and Bulk Ingredients, supported by our Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations groups. The Group's strategy is to become a leading global provider of Speciality Food Ingredients through a disciplined focus on growth, and by driving Bulk Ingredients for sustained cash generation to fuel this growth.

Speciality Food Ingredients consists of three platforms: Texturants, which includes speciality starches and stabilisers; Sweeteners, which comprises nutritive sweeteners and our range of no-calorie sweeteners including SPLENDA® Sucralose; and our Health and Wellness portfolio which includes speciality fibres and our salt-reduction offering. Additionally, our Food Systems business provides a wide variety of blended ingredient solutions.

Tate & Lyle Bulk Ingredients includes bulk sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants). Corn co-products from both divisions are primarily sold as animal feed.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2015, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.7 billion. For more information, please visit

SPLENDA® is a trademark of McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.

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