Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition

The IFTSA Smart Snacks for Kids Competition challenges students to develop a fun and nutritious food or beverage product targeted at kids and/or teens. Products must abide by the USDA “Guide to Smart Snacks in School” recommendations. (specific information can be found here.)

Teams are empowered to use their imagination in the science and overall appeal in the creation of a novel product. A crucial component of a winning product is the team’s ability to relay the food or beverage’s “smart” qualities to both a technical and general audience.

Leveraging your “smarts,” channel your inner child and develop the ultimate kid-friendly product!


2019 Award Winner

Team from Rutgers University

Congratulations to the team from Rutgers University, winner of the 2019 Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition for their product Smooshables Yogurt.

Team from Rutgers University

Congratulations to the team from Rutgers University, winner of the 2019 Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition for their product Smooshables Yogurt.

  • First place: Smooshables Yogurt, Rutgers University
  • Second place: Cosmic Crackers, Utah State University
  • Third place: Dip-A-Roos, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
     

2020 Finalists

  • Bare Necessities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • CRICK-ITZ, Oregon State University
  • Metamorphice, Rutgers University
  • Face-A-Doodles, McGill University
  • Gogo Safari, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
  • Moonola, Utah State University
     

Awards

Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to the IFT Annual Event of up to $1500. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.

  • First place will be awarded $3,000.
  • Second place will be awarded $1,500.
  • Third place will be awarded $500.

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

 

Eligibility

Teams submitting proposals should have 2–5 members and be enrolled at the same institution during the fall semester. All members of the team must be IFT student members. For complete details, consult the Rules and Regulations document for this competition.

The submission deadline for this competition has passed. Details for the 2021 competition will be posted late this year.

 

Application Guidelines

For complete rules and application, please see the Smart Snacks for Kids Guidelines below.

Download guidelines (PDF)

Sample Verification Letter

Download sample letter (PDF)

Competition Chair

Julia Schmidt, Purdue University