The 30th Annual IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition

Mars-Wrigley logoThe 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.

2019 Winner

Student winners for 2019 Mars-Wrigley

Congratulations to the team from Michigan State University, winner of the 29th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition for their product TryDough.

Student winners for 2019 Mars-Wrigley

Congratulations to the team from Michigan State University, winner of the 29th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition for their product TryDough.

  • First Place: TryDough, Michigan State University
  • Second Place: Trinipea, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Third Place: Waffull Wands, Cornell University
      

2020 Finalists

  • Swift Cold Brew, Chapman University
  • Faba Friends, University of California, Davis
  • Vege Boom, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Smoothie Bites, Cornell University
  • Jack-etz, Michigan State University
  • Rice n’ Bees, Purdue University
     

Awards

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:

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $500

The winning team will be highlighted in the post-event issue of Food Technology magazine.

 

Eligibility

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.

Application Guidelines

For complete rules and application, please see the IFTSA & MARS Product Development Challenge Guidelines.

Download guidelines (PDF)

Download proposal template (PDF)

Sample Verification Letter

Download sample letter (PDF)

Competition Chair Contact

Mark Bollom, Iowa State University