GNT recognises talents of young food scientists at EFFoST event

Netherlands-headquartered food applications group GNT has presented a group of aspiring young students with the company’s Young Scientist Award at the 32nd European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) conference in Nantes, France.

The accolades were first presented by the natural solutions company nine years ago, and are designed to recognise aspiring industry professionals’ contributions to their field of in developing new creative solutions for the food sector, including for confectionery and bakery applications.

As the company explained, the GNT Young Scientist award encourages scientists to engage in the examination of pioneering approaches applicable to fruit and vegetable processing and innovative use of colorimetric analysis. The selection committee headed by Marcus Volkert, application and development manager at GNT, picked the award recipients based on their scientific abstracts and conference presentations.

Key criteria for the awards  included scientific excellence, an innovative approach of the presented work, and most importantly, a thematic relevance to issues/solutions applicable to the manufacturing of colouring foods. Many original topics were submitted, but the award committee could select only three winners. Despite varying subject matter, each recipient’s research demonstrated outstanding usage of scientific ingenuity in developing creative solutions to present and future food industry challenges.

First place in the award went to Leandro Buchmann’s “Nanosecond Pulsed Electric Field Characterisation for Tailored Microalgae Processing, second place to Dimitris Karefyllaksi for,“Emulsification Ability of Multicomponent Fractions from Sunflower Seeds,” and third place to Vera Schmid, for “Influence of Extrusions Processing on the Functional Properties of Chokeberry Pomace.”

GNT’s approach to manufacturing Exberry Colouring Foods aligns with the principles presented by the winners of the Young Scientist Award, as both rely on innovative processes to create ingredient solutions that are functional and desirable. The company said it is proud to highlight the accomplishments of some of the next generation’s brightest minds.

The business just has made its latest industry showcase at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai, which offered a platform for highlighting its Exberry natural food colouring range to the fast-developing Middle East market.

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