IFT and Tate & Lyle Food Systems Launch New Student Competition

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CHICAGO & LONDON — The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and Tate & Lyle Food Systems today announced a new student competition that will foster student innovation and scientific exploration of global food science issues.

This new partnership focuses on the need for talented food scientists to meet future global demands for safe, nutritious and affordable food.

“This generation of food scientists will need to develop new and innovative ways to address consumer demand for a variety of food products tailored to specific tastes and needs,” said IFT President Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS. “The IFT Global Student Innovation Challenge seeks to foster creative solutions that are also sustainable and practical.”

Through the “IFT Global Student Innovation Challenge,” sponsored by Tate & Lyle Food Systems, students from around the world (MS, PhD or global equivalent) will leverage their food science and technology knowledge to participate in a competition focusing on research and development challenges to creating products that meet marketplace needs.

For the inaugural competition, the students will design an innovative dairy dessert applying a food stabilizer system (combination of more than one single ingredient in a dry blend) to deliver exciting new textures. Their dessert concepts will be designed for widespread commercial distribution, taking into account cost and availability of raw materials. Students will be asked to focus on a specific consumer market and provide a business rationale for their product. Four students will be selected as finalists and will receive a $3,000 travel stipend to attend IFT15 in Chicago in July 2015. The winning student will receive a plaque and a trip to visit one of Tate & Lyle’s Global Innovation Centers.

“As innovation in food applications is an integral part of Tate & Lyle Food Systems, we recognize that our continued success depends on the support of future new professionals,” said Tate & Lyle’s Senior Vice President Global Applications Luis Fernandez, CFS. “Our company is delighted to partner with IFT as a global organization committed to feed the minds that feed the world.”

For information about the competition, please visit

Tate & Lyle has made a three-year commitment to sponsoring this competition and the theme will vary each year.

Mindy Weinstein
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About IFT
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Institute of Food Technologists. Since its founding in 1939, IFT has been committed to advancing the science of food. Our non-profit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professionals from academia, government and industry. For more information, please visit ift.org.


About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage and industrial markets.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Food & Beverage Solutions and Primary Products, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations teams. Food & Beverage Solutions is focused on growth by building leading positions globally in the categories of beverages, dairy, and soups, sauces and dressings. Primary Products is focused on delivering steady earnings and generating cash.

Food & Beverage Solutions consists of: Texturants, including speciality starches; Sweeteners, including low- and no-calorie sweeteners; and a Health and Wellness portfolio comprising mainly speciality fibres; and Stabilisers and Functional Systems, which are bespoke ingredient blends that ensure foods retain their structure.

Primary Products consists of high-volume sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants).  It also sells co-products from the corn milling process as animal nutrition.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2020, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.9 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on Twitter or Linkedin.

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