DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences presents NutriScholars Award 2020

Industry & academia collaboration promote innovation in f&b with plant proteins

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A cross-sector collaboration between industry and academia to promote innovation in food and beverage with plant-based proteins. Photo - Dupont

DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences has announced the third edition of DuPont NutriScholars Award (DNA) 2020, a pan-India food science program that facilitates knowledge exchange and drives innovation among the country’s food academics. F1rstMR Business Analytics (F1rst) will administer the program as an execution partner and DuPont Food & Beverage Innovation team.

DNA 2020 invites budding food technologists from academic institutions to put their knowledge and skills to the test in plant-based protein themed projects, centered around consumer consumption occasions. Winning entries will be judged based on product innovativeness, commercial viability, and improvements made in taste and texture using one or more DuPont Danisco range of protein and functional ingredients during the development process.

“Indian diets are carbohydrate rich and most Indians are not consuming enough protein to meet their RDA requirement; and it has been our constant endeavor to develop technologies and work along with food industry to fortify foods. Plant-based soy protein, for instance, is relevant across lifespan from infants, children to senior population with its nutrition and health benefits. DNA 2020 highlights this very importance of plant-based proteins for an everyday balanced diet. DuPont is committed to motivate design and creative thinking among future food scientists and technologists, providing them a hands-on experience”, said Karuna Jayakrishna, innovation leader, South Asia, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.

The DuPont NutriScholars Award 2020 features four distinctive award categories:
• Convenient and nutritious breakfast
• Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) style lunch, dinner
• Healthier desserts, indulgences
• 4 PM healthy savory snacks

Ideation of ethnic Indian food and beverage concepts

The DuPont NutriScholars Awards were previously held in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, awards program encouraged the ideation of ethnic Indian food and beverage concepts, followed by a bakery food innovation challenge in 2018. Roadshows and student interactions were organized in 19 colleges and university campuses. More than 200 proposals were submitted, and the awards program mentored over 80 teams in innovative food product development and troubleshooting.

According to the press release, DNA 2020 will now reach out to more than 300 universities and academies across the country. The winning team in each award category will be announced in December 2020. The grand finale’s adjudicating panel includes industry experts from leading food companies, academicians, scientists, and DuPont representatives.

“DuPont distinguishes itself with world-class product innovation and application development,” said Anurag Jain, business director, South Asia, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “We have a broad portfolio of ingredient offerings created with differentiated technologies and a robust innovation pipeline. We are delighted to announce the third edition of DNA and continue collaborative research with Indian food science academia. It’s a journey towards building food strategies of the future and driving innovation in food science.”

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