Ecotrophelia 08 May 2017 Press Release

Out of the pan and into the flames as food innovation finalists prepare to face the dragons

Five teams have been shortlisted to face a panel of industry 'dragons' in the Ecotrophelia UK final. Now in its fifth year, Ecotrophelia challenges teams of UK students to develop an innovative, eco-friendly food and drink product.

The competition has been fierce this year with more teams than ever competing for a place in the final and a slice of £3,500 prize fund. A panel of food expert judges carefully assessed the entrants before picking the final five.

Bertrand Emond, Head of Membership and Training at Campden BRI said, "It's fantastic to see so many young people engage with this competition and put forward such innovative products. Last year's winning team went on to win bronze prize in the European final with their algae based iced dessert so we have high hopes for the teams again this year."

After much deliberation, a panel of new product development experts has selected the five finalist teams' products:

The finalists will pitch their products to the dragons on the June 6th and the winner will be announced on June 7th at Campden BRI day.

The 'dragons' are senior food experts from across industry including Marks and Spencer, Coca-Cola, Unilever, PepsiCo, Mondelez, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Warburtons, Food Manufacture, Institute of Food Science and Technology and Campden BRI.

This year's entries included teams from London Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, The University of Reading, The University of Nottingham, CAFRE, Harper Adams, Cardiff Metropolitan and The University of West London.

The winner will go on to represent the UK and compete against 19 other European national teams at the Ecotrophelia European final at Food Matters Live in London in November 2017.

The UK heat of this Europe-wide competition was organised by UK food and drink research organisation, Campden BRI, in conjunction with the Institute of Food Science & Technology, the independent qualifying body for food professionals in Europe.

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