Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition

The IFTSA Smart Snacks for Kids Competition challenges students to develop a fun and nutritious food or beverage product targeted at kids and/or teens. Products must abide by the USDA “Guide to Smart Snacks in School” recommendations. (Specific information can be found here.)

Teams are empowered to use their imagination in the science and overall appeal in the creation of a novel product. A crucial component of a winning product is the team’s ability to relay the food or beverage’s “smart” qualities to both a technical and general audience.

Leveraging your “smarts,” channel your inner child and develop the ultimate kid-friendly product!

2019–2020 Competition Winner Presentation

2019–2020 Winners

  • First Place: Moonola, Utah State University
  • Second Place: Face-A-Doodles, McGill University (Canada)
  • Third Place: Gogo Safari, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

2019–2020 Finalists

  • Bare Necessities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • CRICK-ITZ, Oregon State University
  • Metamorphice, Rutgers University


Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to the IFT Annual Event of up to $1,500. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.

  • First place will be awarded $3,000.
  • Second place will be awarded $1,500.
  • Third place will be awarded $500.

The winning team will be highlighted in the post-event issue of Food Technology magazine.


Teams submitting proposals should have 2–5 members and be enrolled at the same institution during the fall semester. All members of the team must be IFT student members. For complete details, consult the guidelines document for this competition.

2020–2021 Competition Submission and Guidelines

The submission deadline for this competition has passed.

Download competition guidelines (PDF)

Sample Verification Letter

Download sample letter (PDF)

Competition Chair

Dana Edleman, South Dakota State University