After much deliberation, a panel of product development experts selected the five finalist teams, which hail from UK universities, and their products:
• SeaFuel (University of Reading): plant-based high protein cracker crisps with a sweet chilli hit flecked with seaweed flakes;
• Econauts (University of Nottingham): a non-alcoholic Arabica coffee ‘liqueur’ with rich chocolatey notes, added botanicals and foaming ability;
• Re-Gen (London Metropolitan University): tasty and convenient cereal bars made from seasonal ingredients grown through agroforestry farming principles, including YQ Wheat, a diverse population of wheat developed by Martin Wolfe;
• Edam and Eve (University of Surrey): high-protein, mixed berry plant-based smoothies made from whole ingredients, packaged in edamame-derived cartons;
• DinoDips (University of Reading): A calcium- and vitamin D-fortified gluten-free vegan biscuit with a chocolate orange dipping sauce for children aged five to ten years with allergies and intolerances.
‘Dragons Den’ style setting
In a virtual ‘Dragons Den’ style setting, finalists pitched their products to the judges, or ‘dragons’. The winner will be announced online on 14 July 2021.
The dragons are senior food experts from across the industry including PepsiCo, Unilever, Mondelez, CocaCola, Warburtons, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Food Manufacture, the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and Campden BRI.
The Gold-winning team of Ecotrophelia UK 2020 was Re-Dessert from the University of Nottingham with a product based on the traditional Indian dessert gulab jamun.