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UK team scoops the bronze prize at the Ecotrophelia European finals

Ryan Clifford and Dominic Urban, the Fran Borjan Team from Nottingham Trent University, secured a podium for the UK at the Ecotrophelia European finals on 16 and 17 October 2016 at SIAL in Paris. The team’s product, a sustainable and indulgent non-dairy alternative to traditional ice cream that uses algal protein to replace dairy protein, fought off stiff competition (including several ice cream-like products) from fifteen other countries to secure the bronze award and a €2000 prize.

Ecotrophelia is a Europewide dragons’ den style competition that challenges student teams to develop the best eco-innovative food products.

Clifford and Urban, who won gold in the UK national competition, had to pitch their product to a panel of 20 judges for the European final, which was chaired by Ariane Andres, Head of Academic Alliances, Nestle Research Center.

Clifford and Urban said,‘We are delighted our hard work paid off and to have brought home bronze for the UK. We have learnt so much through the Ecotrophelia competition and it has delivered a great insight into the whole food industry, from product development through to marketing and finance. We strongly encourage food science students to take part’.

The gold prize was awarded to the French team for their CarreLeon and silver was presented to the Belgian team for their dessert Specornoos.

The Ecotrophelia UK competition is organised by IFST and Campden BRI, and sponsored by Marks &Spencer, Innovate UK, Coca- Cola, Sainsbury's, PepsiCo, Tesco, Mondelez, Warburtons, Food Matters Live and BBSRC.

Ecotrophelia UK 2017 is now open to student teams of between two and ten members studying at any UK university (not PhD students). Team members may also be from different universities, such as a group of friends or students on placement together. The deadline for receipt of entries is 29 March 2017. The UK national competition will take place at Campden BRI on 6 and 7 June 2017. The European final will take place at Food Matters Live in November 2017.

Full details of how to enter are on the website: If you would like to register your interest, please contact Andrew Gardner at



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