Student Product Development Competition
2017 theme - Future Proofing our Food
Win a $10,000 cash prize for your team supported by the Retail Food Group (RFG) – Australia’s largest Multifood franchise operator – along with a unique work placement opportunity in RFG’s world class product development team!
Want to experience a “real life” new product development project and gain exposure to industry experts, peers and future employees within the food industry? Then the 2017 Student Product Development Competition (SPDC) is a unique opportunity for you!
For more than 14 years SPDC has attracted entries from leading educational institutions across Australia, with previous entrants and winning team members going on to find fulfilling careers within the Australian and global food industries.
This year’s theme Future Proofing our Food is based around sustainability in food as a key and growing area of interest amongst consumers. Interest is driving market demand both locally and overseas and studies and reports show that shoppers and consumers want to know as much as they can about what they’re eating. The industry, and its customers, are seeking out foods that are not only flavourful, but also minimally impact the environment.
SPDC is open to two entrant categories – an Undergraduate category and a Postgraduate category. In each of these two categories, three finalist teams will be selected to present their projects at the 50th Anniversary AIFST Convention in Sydney from 17-18 July 2017.
Develop a food product that uses product development techniques, raw materials, ingredients, processing methods, packaging or distribution methods that contribute to one or more of the following:
Protecting and conserving the environment.
Improving public health.
Giving rise to better human communities.
Protecting animal welfare.
Initial entry submission due: 3 April 2017
Finalist team selection announced: 18 April 2017
Proof of concept submission: 6 June 2017
Finalist written proposals submission: 3 July 2017
50th Annual AIFST Convention Sydney: 17-18 July 2017