The 30th Annual IFTSA and MARS Product Development Competition is a chance for students to take the skills and knowledge learned in school and apply them to a real-world situation.
Each participating school’s team develops a new food idea and carries the concept through marketing and production, much like a commercial product development team. This is a great opportunity for any student to get involved in food science and IFTSA. It challenges organization, teamwork, creativity, and scientific skills.
Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to IFT19 of up to $1500. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize amounts are as follows:
The winning team will be highlighted in the post-event issue of Food Technology magazine.
In this team competition, participants must be student members of the Institute of Food Technologists and registered as a student during the fall semester of the competition. Teams are limited to 10 members and there may only be one team per university. For complete details, consult the Rules and Regulations document for this competition.
The submission deadline for this competition was has passed. Details for the 2021 competition will be posted late this year.
For complete rules and application, please see the IFTSA & MARS Product Development Challenge Guidelines.
Mark Bollom, Iowa State University