Nine CALS students will head to Las Vegas toward the end of June as finalists in food development competition sponsored by the Institute of Food Technologists. Their product is called Cranberry POPlers. And that’s all they’re prepared to say about it at this point.
“We just want to avoid information being posted in print or on the web,” explains team member Tim Grady. “We would rather not risk giving other teams ideas, or giving them something tangible to compete against. It is much harder to gauge your efforts in preparation when you know little about what the competition is bringing to the table.”
Their caution is understandable. The team has invested a lot of effort to get this far. They’ve been working since last fall to develop the concept, figure out how to manufacture, package and market the product, and document what they’ve figured out in a written proposal. It was that proposal, submitted Feb. 1, that earned them a spot among the six teams from across the nation that made it to the finals.
In addition to Grady, the team consists of Madeline Levin, Molly Smejkal, Sarah Hermes, James Waksmonski, Bee Tan, Hui Yeoh, and Joe Smith.