IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition

IFTSA Competition

Mars-Wrigley logoThe 34th Annual IFTSA and MARS Product Development Competition is a chance for students to take the skills and knowledge learned in school and apply them to a real-world situation.

Each participating school’s team develops a new food idea and carries the concept through marketing and production, much like a commercial product development team. This is a great opportunity for any student to get involved in food science and IFTSA. It challenges organization, teamwork, creativity, and scientific skills.

2022–2023 Winners

  • First Place: CaféNana, Cornell University
  • Second Place: Churroats, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Third Place: Veggie-Go (Chik ‘n Cheese), Michigan State University


Each of the finalist teams will receive reimbursement for travel and registration to IFT FIRST of up to $1,800. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize amounts are as follows:

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $500


In this team competition, participants must be student members of the Institute of Food Technologists and registered as a student during the fall semester of the competition. Teams are limited to ten members and there may only be one team per university. For complete details, consult the guidelines document for this competition.

2023–2024 Competition Submission and Guidelines

Preliminary Applications for this competition close February 1, 2024

Finalist Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Submit Your Application

Rules & Guidelines

Proposal Template (PDF)

Sample Verification Letter (PDF)

Competition Chair

Hanyu Chen, Cornell University