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!

2021–2022 Winners

  • First Place: Fingerella, Tel Hai College
  • Second Place: Waffuns, University of Costa Rica
  • Third Place: Saurus Snacks, Utah State University

2021–2022 Finalists

  • Ocean Hero Bites, Purdue University
  • Anagrahams, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Jiro, Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey


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.

2022–2023 Competition Submission and Guidelines

Preliminary Applications for this competition close February 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Finalist Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Submit your application

Click here for SSFK Rules & Regulations

Sample Verification Letter

Download sample letter (PDF)

Competition Chair

Rawane Raad, University of Georgia