Winners of the Food Science and Technology Category of the 2013 Institute of Packaging SA Student Gold Pack Awards were recently announced.
Claire Kirby of Stellenbosch University (SU) won the gold trophy for her Rosedale Rose & Honey flavoured Labneh. Each portion of Labneh, a concentrated, flavoured yoghurt product, was preserved and protected in an individual PETG petal shaped shell, which extended shelf life to point of consumption.
The emphasis for entrants in the Food category, which was primarily sponsored by Nampak, was on the development of and education in food science. Nampak R&D hosted the panel of judges at their state of the art facility in Cape Town. Judges were selected from Nampak, the University of Cape Town, Tinor Services and Gold Pack.
Students of SU and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology were given a brief to design packaging for food products they developed in teams during their first semester of the Food Science Product Development module.
Entrants were allowed to re-brand their product and any appropriate package material could be used.
The students needed to understand the requirements of the product from a packaging functionality perspective throughout the supply chain and including the end consumer’s needs. The packaging needed to deliver the functional requirements of the product, namely achieving the required shelf life, food preservation as well as ensuring convenient distribution and consumption.
Jessica Kemp from SU won the silver award for her Bean Bites, a falafel-style snack sold in party packs containing two different flavours. The packaging consisted of an ovenable paper tray and a PLA film lid, which allows the consumer to take the product straight from the freezer to the oven.
The bronze award went to Zaharan Hussein of SU for his Modified Atmosphere Packaging for fresh pomarils.