This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Deadline looming for inaugural UK competition

04 March 2013

The deadline for the UK’s first ever food innovation awards aimed at food science and technology students and graduates is fast approaching on 22nd of March.

Organised by UK food and drink research organisation, Campden BRI, in conjunction with the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe, the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), ‘Ecotrophelia UK’ is a ‘Dragons’ Den'-style competition which aims to promote innovation, creativity and sustainability to young people pursuing a career in the food industry.

Teams of students from colleges, universities and food industry placements are invited to take part in the contest backed by some of the biggest food and drink brands in the world, including: The Coca Cola Company, and Nestlé to devise a brand new, eco-friendly, innovative food or beverage product with commercial potential. Participating students will compete to win a share of the prize pot of up to €15,000.

The winning team will be those students who clearly demonstrate they have considered every aspect of bringing a new product to market including: optimising raw materials, ensuring sustainable processes and taking into account technical, taste, regulatory, packaging, finance and marketing requirements.

Bertrand Emond, head of Membership and Training at Campden BRI, said: “We’ve been delighted so far with the very strong positive response from industry, academia and students to the launch of the inaugural UK heats of Ecotrophelia Europe, aimed at the promising food innovators of the future.

“It’s clear there’s a real desire within industry to encourage young, ambitious individuals to embark on a career in the food sector and to incubate creative, innovative, eco-friendly ideas for potential development. Since the competition launched earlier this year, we’ve had a number of enquiries and sponsorship offers from well known industry brands, who want to support and get involved in this exciting new initiative.”

Jon Poole, chief executive of the IFST, added: “The feedback from universities and colleges has been extremely encouraging. The competition is a great way for them to really showcase the talents of their most promising students as well as demonstrate their links with the food industry in a very practical way which supports and reinforces student learning.

“Food businesses with industrial placement students have also shown a strong interest in the competition. It represents an opportunity for them to develop their students’ skills and expertise while working on a specific ‘real life’ project and may even lead to new product innovations actually being developed and launched.

“We would urge any students or academic institutions considering putting a team together to go for it! It’s a very worthwhile initiative supporting industry and academia and forging lasting links that will provide opportunities for development and progression for everyone involved.”

Shortlisted teams will be invited to pitch on 5 June to a panel of top food industry experts including representatives from: Sainsbury’s, defra, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Warburtons and Genius at Campden BRI’s headquarters in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

The winning team will be exclusively announced the following day at Campden BRI’s annual industry event, ‘Campden BRI Day’ on the 6th of June which attracts more than 500 food industry specialists and professionals from across the UK each year.


More information...

Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page

RELATED CONTENT...


Article image The new Series 5 YTRON-Z in-line homogeniser

proved to be a great asset to the Dairygold Food Ingredients plant in LeedsFull Story...

Article image Moody Process Equipment launch their new website

New & refurbished equipment specialists Moody Process Equipment have given their website a makeover, with improved functionality, design and navigation.Full Story...

Monitor efficiency in the workshop with WERMA's data collection package,"WIN", now including a new piece part counting module

AndonBox: a simple but essential accessory for WERMA Signal Towers to improve lean production methods

Britvic to discuss engineering apprenticeships at A4E

RELATED SPONSORED ARTICLES...


Article image The new Series 5 YTRON-Z in-line homogeniser

proved to be a great asset to the Dairygold Food Ingredients plant in LeedsFull Story...

Article image Moody Process Equipment launch their new website

New & refurbished equipment specialists Moody Process Equipment have given their website a makeover, with improved functionality, design and navigation.Full Story...

Monitor efficiency in the workshop with WERMA's data collection package,"WIN", now including a new piece part counting module

AndonBox: a simple but essential accessory for WERMA Signal Towers to improve lean production methods

New website, brochure and video from NDC, the near infrared process measurement specialists

MOST VIEWED...


Article image Spray and save on the glazing process

Food glazes are widely used in the bakery sector to improve the look and taste of baked products. Traditionally, this coating process has resulted in substantial waste. Technology advances mean that this is no longer the case. Full Story...

Article image Your flexible friend in the food factory

Suzanne Gill finds out where thermal imaging technology can help around the factory. Full Story...

What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?

A dry-ageing process improvement

Self diagnostics: an enabler for predictive maintenance

http://www.appetite4eng.co.uk