Friday, April 28, 2017

Supporting the food scientists of tomorrow

April 28, 2017 — Employees from our company’s Product Innovation & Development team were recently inspired by the food scientists of tomorrow. As a sponsor of the recent North Central Regional Institute of Food Technologist Student Association’s (IFTSA) Meeting, our team members had the opportunity to network and learn more about students in the Midwest pursuing higher education in food science and technology.

“The meeting was a terrific opportunity to start building relationships with future food scientists, who will ultimately be looking for permanent positions following college,” said Tricia White, vice president of product development. “After graduation, we would like these students to consider Schwan’s Company as a place to build a career and unlock their full potential.”

IFTSA is a community of more than 2,900 students across the world who study food science and technology. The association hosts several meetings and competitions each year for students, including Product Development, College Bowl, Chapter of the Year, Undergraduate Research, Thesis Video and Excellence in Leadership.

Because our company was a sponsor of the area meeting, Tricia and Director of Product Development Ann Paulson had the opportunity to interact with the enthusiastic students from six Midwest Universities during a special networking event.

Tricia also served as a judge as the meeting hosted the regional College Bowl competition. This competition tested students’ knowledge of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law and general IFT/food-related trivia. The students are tested as teams.

Tricia said the University of Wisconsin-Madison won the College Bowl in an exciting double-elimination match against the University of Minnesota.

Universities represented at the meeting, included the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Dakota State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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