2022 IFT Student Food Packaging Development Competition

Division-Sponsored Student Competition

This is an annual international competition that honors advancements in student food packaging development. Impacts of participating in and/or winning this competition include:

  • Solve real-life food problems (e.g., food waste reduction).
  • Enhance your knowledge about specific food packaging technologies (e.g., active packaging).
  • Apply practical knowledge you have gained within the classroom.
  • Improve your teamwork skills.
  • Improve your presentation skills.
  • Gain exposure and prestige.

2022 Topics

Pick one of the challenges listed below:

  • Intelligent packaging to monitor food shelf life.
  • Packaging materials that align with the concept of circular economy.
  • Packaging structural designs that align with the concept of circular economy.
  • Discuss the progress a specific packaging application has made to advance the science of packaging in relation to consumer trends.
  • Alternatively, you can suggest your own challenge.

Alternatively, you can suggest your own challenge. You can focus on packaging innovation from a broad point of view (e.g., circular economy) or you can be rather specific and apply innovation based on current industry needs (e.g., viruses). You can even study the progress we have made on a specific packaging technology based on trends or needs.

Regardless of your selection, you need to study the system and its entirety in terms of functionality of the selected packaging application. Consider the whole food packaging supply chain from raw material to consumers including but not limited to packaging producers (e.g., machinery), food packers (e.g., barrier needs), storage and transportation.

You can ask individuals from the industry or academia, including the members of the Food Packaging Division, for advice on appropriate sources of information (books or videos).

Show us your innovation and creativity based on current or future packaging needs!

Application and Judgement

A panel of experts in food packaging including academic and industry experts will judge the entries. Judges should be IFT Food Packaging Division members. Winners will be notified via email prior to FIRST 2022.

A general certificate along with monetary prizes of $1,000, $750, $500 will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners, respectively. All winners will be invited to pick up their certificates at the FIRST 2022 annual conference

Winners will be recognized at the FIRST 2022 Food Packaging, Food Engineering, and Nonthermal Processing Divisions joint social activity during FIRST 2022. Students will be invited to give a very brief overview (3 minutes) of their concepts.

Application Guidelines

For complete rules and application, please see the IFT Student Food Packaging Development Competition Guidelines.

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The competition is open to individuals and teams of undergraduate students or graduate students or both together. All participants must be enrolled in food and packaging programs. For complete details, consult the Guidelines document for this competition.


Application Deadline

Entry forms will be accepted until May 1, 2022 via the following entry form.


Entry Form

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