MSU student team places second at food technology conference

The Michigan State University (MSU) student team won second place in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Student Association Product Development Competition.

July 27, 2015

Steve Skrypec, Javier Salas, Aaron Stebbins, Joanna (Joey) Carroll, Allison Burg and Silas Bonczyk (team leader)

The Michigan State University (MSU) student team won second place in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Student Association Product Development Competition.

 

The team was made up of food science majors Steve Skrypec, Javier Salas, Allison Burg and Silas Bonczyk, who also served as team leader; nutritional sciences major Aaron Stebbins; and biosystems and agricultural engineering major Joanna (Joey) Carroll.

 

The MSU team won $2,500 with its idea and execution of SouperBowl, a convenient single-serve, microwaveable soup in a bread bowl combination. The competition took place in Chicago earlier this month during the IFT’s annual meeting.

 

A team from McGill University in Montreal won first place and earned $4,000 with TiraVerde, a frozen/refrigerated parfait similar to Tiramisu, which features an avocado base.  A team from Pennsylvania State University placed third.

 

The competition consisted of six finalists. Each team submitted a proposal, completed a 24-page paper, and made an oral and poster presentation to reach the finals.  A skit and product tasting by the judges were also part of the competition.

 

MSU teams have had an impressive track record in this competition, garnering first place in 2007, 2008 and 2011, and second place in 2013 and this year.

 

Caption: From left to right in front of their poster:  Steve Skrypec, Javier Salas, Aaron Stebbins, Joanna (Joey) Carroll, Allison Burg and Silas Bonczyk (team leader).

 

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