Applications for the third annual IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ competition are due January 9, 2020. The competition is designed to help emerging and investment-ready food related startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators gain visibility and make strategic connections to help advance the science of food and its positive impact on the sustainability of the global food supply.

Six finalists will be asked to pitch their innovation during a live featured session at IFT20 in Chicago, with a $25,000 cash prize awarded to the judges’ selection of IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year. Other prizes include $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award based on audience voting and mentoring opportunities.

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KIND lowers calorie count on nut bars per USDA research

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FDA grants citizen petition on glucomannan as a dietary fiber

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it intends to propose that “glucomannan” be added to the definition of dietary fiber.

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President of Campbell Snacks steps down

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