A university team has a claimed a special accolade for an eco-friendly cereal bar.
Students from Harper Adams University created the Beri Bar, an oat and blueberry cereal bar with mini bursting raspberry spheres and a dark chocolate drizzle, which has won the £2,000 gold prize at Ecotrophelia UK 2014. The contest is designed to encourage the development of eco-friendly food and drink.
FoodManufacture.co.uk reports that the Harper Adams University claimed the top prize at the UK heat of this European competition and the winning team will be able to take their products to the continent to compete against other nations. Alongside the £2,000 prize, the students will be invited to become Young Ambassadors of the Institute for Food Science and Technology (IFST) as well as receiving a one-year IFST membership and various Elsevier food science publications.
Speaking to the news provider, 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 scientists and technologists will be a real asset to the future of our profession."
While Harper Adams took the top prize, a team from the Cardiff Metropolitan University secured the £1,000 silver prize for their Cwtch Circles. The products contained a sweet apple centre surrounded in biscuit and covered in milk chocolate.
The Ecotrophelia competition is in a Dragons' Den format where contestants put their food and drink products in front of a panel of judges. It is designed to help students identify the best eco-innovative food products which could potentially be further developed by the wider food industry.
Harper Adams' team will now travel to Europe to represent the UK in the grand finals.