Campden BRI and the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) are urging UK food science and technology students to take part in Ecotrophelia UK, a food innovation competition promoting innovation, creativity and sustainability to students pursuing a future career in the food sector.
Following a successful 2017 when a team from University of Reading scooped the silver prize at the Ecotrophelia European finals at Food Matters Live for their veggie sushi-style rolls which are packed with locally sourced vegetables, including crunchy cauliflower rice, it is hoped that many more students will be encouraged to take part.
Ecotrophelia, which is now in its sixth year, is open to teams of undergraduate or postgraduate students, including teams from different universities on industrial placements.
Shortlisted students will be invited to pitch on 5 June 2018 to the ‘dragons’, a distinguished panel of top food industry specialists which will include representatives from Marks & Spencer, Coca-Cola, Food Manufacture, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Unilever and Warburtons to be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £2,000. Winners will be announced the following day and will go forward to represent the UK at the European final at SIAL, Paris in October 2018.
Bertrand Emond, Head of Membership and Training at Campden BRI, said: "Ecotrophelia gives food students a unique opportunity to participate in a ‘real-life’ food innovation and development process and gain practical key skills that you just wouldn’t get out of a text book and which you can then apply in your future career".
"Ecotrophelia encourages young, ambitious individuals in higher education to get a taste of what is required for a successful career in the exciting and dynamic food industry. The competition has gone from strength to strength. Over 250 students from 12 different universities have entered since we brought the competition to the UK six years ago. We are delighted that Ecotrophelia has captured the imagination of industry and we are very grateful for the continued support that competition receives from the industry sponsors".
The closing date for entries is 28 March 2018.