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Cardiff Met team scoops silver prize at the Ecotrophelia UK 2014 student innovation competition


The Cardiff Met team with their stand 'Cwtch Circles'

​Final year Food Science and Technology students from Cardiff Metropolitan University have recently been awarded silver prize and £1,000 in the UK heat of Europe- wide competition, Ecotrophelia.

Ecotrophelia UK 2014 was the UK heat, of the Europe-wide competition, organised by UK food and drink research organisation, Campden BRI, in conjunction with the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), the independent qualifying body for food professionals in Europe.

The competition challenges young people pursuing a career in the food industry to design an eco-friendly, innovative food or beverage product with commercial potential.

The team from Cardiff Met, Rebecca Inglis, Daniela Goetze and Rhiain Mumford all Food Science and Technology students showcased their 'Cwtch Circles' at the competition- biscuits with a sweet apple centre surrounded in biscuit and covered in milk chocolate. After presenting their product to a panel of top food industry experts- 'the dragons' the team were awarded the silver prize, with the Harper Adams team winning gold.

Professor Margaret Patterson, IFST President and Ecotrophelia judge said, ''Once again, the judges were all impressed by the excellent standard of the entries. It was clear that a great deal of creativity and hard work went into each project. These young food scientist and technologists will be a real asset to the future of our profession.''

Rebecca Inglis, team manager also commented on the success of the Cardiff Met team at the competition, ''the experience is one we shall never forget. From being wined and dined with famous leaders from house hold name food companies from around the world and then presenting our product before them, actually, even though it all sounds quite scary, was brilliant and exhilarating! Gold eluded us this year but we lay down the challenge for students from Cardiff Met to bring home Gold in future years.

We thank all the faculty at Cardiff School of Health Sciences for this amazing opportunity and a very special thank you goes to Dr Anita Setarehnejad for her support and encouragement''.