MSU food science team brings home gold at Institute of Food Technologists competitions

It’s a first for MSU as two teams made it to the finals in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Food Product Development Competitions this year.

November 8, 2017

It’s a first for MSU as two teams made it to the finals in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Student Association Food Product Development Competitions this year.

The IFT is a global organization committed to innovation in food science. The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) provides students with opportunities for real-world experience in food science and technology. With over 2,900 members, the IFTSA has developed an invaluable community for students to connect with peers and foster professional relationships.

In the M&M Mars National Competition, groups of students from various schools got the opportunity to showcase their innovative skills to industry professionals. They worked in teams to generate an idea for a new food item and see it through to the market. The MSU team placed second alongside five other teams with their Bazza Bar idea.

For the Disney Product Development Competition, tasked with creating a nutritious Disney-themed snack, the MSU team presented Belle’s Storybook Waffles, made out of vegetables with a dairy-based whipped spread. Four other teams were named finalists of the national competition, MSU earning the runner-up position.

Results of both competitions were announced June 27 during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony in Las Vegas. Also, it was announced that the MSU food science chapter earned a Gold Award in the IFTSA Chapter of the Year Competition for excellence in organizational growth, national engagement, membership experiences and public outreach.

For more information on the work both teams did, please visit:

http://www.iftevent.org/News/finalists-to-serve-up-a-taste-of-disney-magic-in-las-vegas

http://www.iftevent.org/News/mars-competition-product-developers-going-for-a-big-win-in-las-vegas

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