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Ecotrophelia UK 2020 winner announced


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The winner of the Ecotrophelia UK 2020 Food Innovation Student Awards winner has been announced. Taking this years top prize are the University of Nottingham Re-Dessert team, who impressed the judges with the quality of their pitch, their presentation, and the product they developed.

The Re-Dessert team created products inspired by the Indian dessert ‘Gulab Jamun’, a syrup infused fried sponge-like doughball, a reinvented recipe incorporates surplus bread, along with new flavour variations such as Jam Roly-poly.

The other prizes were awarded as follows:

Silver: University of West London: Plant Up – the product range includes two types of vegetable pasta, 1 beetroot and 1 sweet potato. Suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs. High in protein and prepared in less than 10 minutes.

Bronze: University of Nottingham: Eco-Dive – CocoWaffle is a gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, Dutch-inspired waffle sandwich with a coconut caramel filling.

The other finalists for this years prize included:

University of Reading: Betta Indulgence – Betta Banoffee ready to eat banana, caramel, cream and dark chocolate, oat pastry layered dessert tart.

Liverpool Hope University: Brewers Brownie – The Brewer’s Brownie is a vegan chocolate brownie that is fortified with brewer’s spent grain (BSG).

About Ecotrophelia UK 2020

Now in its eighth year, the dragons’ den style competition challenges teams of UK students to develop innovative, eco-friendly food and drink products.

Despite the challenges and obstacles that COVID-19 has created, the competition has been fierce this year, with more teams than ever competing for a place in the final and a slice of the £3,500 prize fund. A panel of product development experts carefully assessed the entries before picking the final five.

The five finalists pitched their products to the dragons on 2 June 2020 with the winner announced on 10 June 2020, during Campden BRI Week, a major annual event for the food and drink industry.

The ‘dragons’ are senior food experts from across the industry including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Food Manufacture, Marks & Spencer, Mondelez, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Unilever, Warburtons,  Nestle, Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and Campden BRI.

Ecotrophelia is a fantastic platform and source of innovation and inspiration for the industry capitalising on the creativity and energy of our brightest and most enterprising food students supported by the best academic institutions.”

The Ecotrophelia UK 2020 winner will go on to represent the UK at the European final which will take place during SIAL in Paris, France on 18-19 October 2020.

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