Institute of Food Technologists Student Association and Tate & Lyle Announce Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition Finalists

June 24, 2016

CHICAGO—Food security and malnutrition are challenges around the world, but even more so in developing countries. The Institute of Food Technologists Students Association (IFTSA) and Tate &Lyle have announced the six food science student teams that are facing these challenges head on as finalists in the IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition. 

Each year, a new theme is chosen that focuses on a specific food and nutrition challenge in the developing world. This year, students were challenged to develop desirable products aimed at increasing pregnant women’s intake of calcium in the Middle East and North Africa. 

A total of 56 teams submitted entries this year. Two winning teams will be announced at IFT16 in Chicago, IL, July 16-19. The six finalist teams selected to compete in the competition finals include:


Bogor Agricultural University with Creve
- an instant vegetables cream soup made from spinach, okra and milk, it is rich in calcium and dietary fiber.

Bogor Agricultural University with Sun-Ami - a high-calcium, iron, and folate traditional African flat bread with benefits from Moringa leaves, spinach and groundnut.

Universidad de Costa Rica with Hamilk - a milk-based shelf-stable beverage designed with Sudan's local ingredients to aid their pregnant women by increasing the intake of calcium, protein, iron, vitamins A and D, folic acid and water.

United States/Canada:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with Calihasa'
- a nutrient-dense flavoring packet designed to be added to soups, stews and porridges by pregnant women in Sudan. The packet is single serving, made from all local ingredients and flavors, and gives women half their daily-recommended calcium intake.

McGill University with Fitamin Multimeal - a ready-to-eat nutritious stew made of lentils, tuna, skim milk powder, tahini, carrots and tomatoes with added eggshell powder to boost the calcium content. For a complete nutritional profile to improve the nutritional status of children and pregnant woman in Yemen, a portion of stew can be combined with flour to make flatbread.

Rutgers University with MagiCal - An egg-shell based powder added in bakery products or dips, as a calcium supplement for pregnant women in the Middle East.

The first place team will be awarded $4,000, and the second and third place teams will be awarded $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

For more information about IFT16, click here.


About IFT

Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is committed to advancing the science of food. Our non-profit scientific society—more than 17,000 members from more than 95 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professionals from academia, government and industry. For more information, please visit

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, Specialty 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 Specialty Food Ingredients through a disciplined focus on growth, and by driving Bulk Ingredients for sustained cash generation to fuel this growth.

Specialty Food Ingredients consists of three platforms: Texturants, which includes specialty 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 2016, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.4 billion. For more information, please visit

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