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This is an annual international competition that honors advancements in student food packaging development. Impacts of participating in and/or winning this competition include:
Develop a packaging solution to address a problem or need related to food packaging from any of the following points of view (not limited to): food science, engineering, chemistry, marketing, design, legal, and education. Examples of possible topics are listed below:
Alternatively, you could write a short literature review instead of proposing a problem or need and its solution. If that is your choice, split the literature review into two parts: (1) problem or need and (2) proposed solutions by academia and/or industry.
Although it is not required, you or your team are encouraged to ask your professors or industrial professionals for advice on appropriate sources of information (industry practices, publications, and/or videos).
Show us innovation and creativity based on current or future packaging needs!
Entry forms will be accepted until May 1, 2023. Winners will be notified via email prior to IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo.Entry Form
A general certificate along with monetary prizes of $1,000, $750, $500 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, respectively. All winners will be invited to pick up their awards at IFT FIRST. Winners will be recognized at the IFT FIRST Food Packaging, Food Engineering, and Nonthermal Processing Divisions joint social activity. The winners will be invited to give a very brief overview (3 minutes) of their concepts (proposed problems or needs and solutions to these). Students who are not able to join the social activity will be contacted via email to be informed about the alternative way to receive the award.
A panel of experts in food packaging including academic and industry experts will judge the entries. Judges should be IFT Food Packaging Division members.