Applications for the third annual IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ competition are due January 9, 2020. The competition is designed to help emerging and investment-ready food related startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators gain visibility and make strategic connections to help advance the science of food and its positive impact on the sustainability of the global food supply.

Six finalists will be asked to pitch their innovation during a live featured session at IFT20 in Chicago, with a $25,000 cash prize awarded to the judges’ selection of IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year. Other prizes include $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award based on audience voting and mentoring opportunities.

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National Flavors names Brian Briggs CEO

National Flavors Co., a Michigan-based producer of flavors and extracts, has announced that Brian Briggs has been named chief executive officer, effective April 2, 2020.

U.S. consumers remain polarized when it comes to GM foods

According to a Pew Research Center survey, about half (51%) of U.S. adults think GM foods are worse for people’s health than foods with no GM ingredients, while 41% say GM foods have a neutral effect on health.

Majority of Brazilians don’t recognize GMO label

A study published in Food Research International sought to verify the knowledge of consumers concerning the mandatory labeling of foods containing GM ingredients and analyze the possible motivations behind the willingness of the consumer to buy these foods in Brazil.

U.S. agencies seek to increase consumer understanding of GMO foods

The FDA, in collaboration with the EPA and the USDA, has launched a new initiative to help consumers better understand foods created through genetic engineering, commonly called GMOs or genetically modified organisms.

Researchers discover the genetic mechanism behind stem rust in wheat

A study published in Nature Communications sheds new light on the underlying genetic mechanism that causes suppression, potentially removing a barrier to developing crops with stronger immunity using modern genomic tools.