2020 Student Product Development (SPDC) Competition


The Student Product Development Competition

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, AIFST has made the decision to postpone our annual Student Product Development Competition. The sensory component of this competition involves food preparation and sampling, which cannot be undertaken at this time. The AIFST SPDC will now be held in conjunction with next years 2021 Summer School in Sydney.

We apologise to those students who have already began work on their product, however we feel, this is the best option given the current situation. We look forward to seeing all of your creative product ideas next year!

2020 TOPIC - Rethinking Protein - Creating Products using Alternative Proteins

The SPDC was created over 15 years ago to provide students with a chance to create a new product and demonstrate their skills, knowledge and creativity. Each year students are asked to create a product based on a brief and submit the development of their product at various stages to the judges. The competition culminates at the annual convention, where teams must present their final product to the judges and submit it for tasting. 

The purpose of the competition is to:

  • Encourage student involvement in AIFST.
  • Provide a platform for students to demonstrate their talents in innovative thinking and design, food product development, written and oral communications and the application of theory and teamwork.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to gain greater exposure to the food industry and food industry professionals.
  • Provide an opportunity to experience implementing against a real industry product development brief.
  • Promote and foster innovation and entrepreneurship amongst students.
  • Allow food industry representatives the opportunity to identify talented students for potential future employment.
  • Allow an avenue to explore the concept of continuous improvement by the provision of feedback about team entries.

For more information, please see the handbook below.

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