boy drinking yogurt beverageThe Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition poses a new challenge to students each year with the goal of developing new products and processes that are targeted at improving the quality of life for people in developing countries. This year, competition participants have been asked to create a shelf-stable yogurt beverage without a kill step in production that contains live and active cultures. The six finalist teams in this competition will present their solutions in a session from 1–4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, in room S501AB of the convention center. A roundtable question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

The six finalist teams are:

BananaYo' – University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

Cryogurt – Soegijapranata Catholic University (Indonesia)

Drygurt – University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

MahasiswaPL – Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland)

PÈDI PARADI – University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

Sumber Rejeki – Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)

Winners of the competition will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony on Tuesday evening, July 12, in the S100 Ballroom of the convention center. Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to IFT FIRST 2022 of up to $1,500. Prizes include $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $500 for the third-place team. The Student Association will present the first-place team with a personalized plaque after the IFT annual event.

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