31 October 2014
A very simple solution for providing people without access to clean water and refrigerators a vitamin- and protein-rich drink earned five young students the title of winners of FoodTech Challenge – sponsored by Damstahl.
The five students participated with four other groups in a contest that took place over the past three days at Northern Europe’s largest trade fair for food technology, FoodTech 2014 at MCH Messecenter Herning in Denmark.
On Tuesday, each of the five groups was posed a challenge by a company.
The winners were assigned a challenge by DuPont to figure out how to supply a milk-based blend of protein, vitamins and minerals to areas with limited access to clean water and refrigerators.
The starting point for the DuPont team was the 800 million people living in hunger, of whom more than 200 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, the team’s solution targeted this area.
Their solution involves a plastic bag with milk powder that is then filled with water from a plastic bottle. The bottle contains a small carbon unit that cleans dirty water so that it can be used as drinking water.
The panel of judges chose the winner because it presented a very simple solution with great potential for actually being realised. Furthermore, the group touched on the opportunity for establishing a new market for milk powder for a company such as Arla, making it an “all-round solution” in the words of the judges.
After each of the teams presented their projects Thursday afternoon, the winner was announced by Damstahl CEO Mikael Sthaalros.
Caption: The happy team that won FoodTech Challenge – sponsored by Damstahl. Pictured, from left: Jens Winther Madsen, Aalborg University, Louise Dam, University of Copenhagen, Morten Thybo, Aarhus University, and Stephanie Henriksen and Alexandria Moseley from Technical University of Denmark.
Photo credit: Tony Brøchner
Milk drink won the FoodTech Challenge