Disney, I.F.T. Students Association create competition

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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BURBANK, CALIF. — Disney Consumer Products, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co., and The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association, Chicago, have partnered to create the Food for Kids Competition, a competition to give students the opportunity to apply food science skills through the creation of nutritious, child-friendly products. The competition, which was begun earlier this month, will culminate at the I.F.T. Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Anaheim, Calif., that starts June 8.

"Offering parents a product assortment that is nutritious while fun for kids remains a companywide goal for Disney," said Lance Gatewood, vice-president of food, health and beauty for Disney Consumer Products North America. "The D.C.P. and I.F.T.S.A. Food for Kids Competition will inspire kids to take an active role in developing food products that are nutritious, but also taste good and are appealing to kids."

Teams made up of two to five food science students that are current I.F.T.S.A. members were asked to create a retail or food service product for children under 12 that incorporates fruit and/or vegetable into the product. Preliminary proposals for the first round of the competition were due March 1. Six finalist teams will be selected from among the preliminary proposals submitted. Final proposals are due May 1, and each team will attend and present their entries at the I.F.T. meeting.

Teams will be evaluated on three criteria, including product description, process description, and safety/regulations.

To learn more about the competition, visit www.iftsa.org.

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