The award was open to European students currently studying food science or technology disciplines. It recognizes those students that have had a paper accepted for publication in a peer reviewed food science journal or have obtained a patent (based on their work) in the field of food science.
Speaking on behalf of Cargill at the Award Ceremony, Luis Fernandez, head of Cargill's food technology applications for Europe and member of the award judging panel said, "As scientific research is an integral part of Cargill's food ingredients capabilities, we recognize that our continued success depends on the development of future food scientists. By sponsoring this award, we are able to acknowledge the outstanding results that students are making and continue to encourage their development in this industry."
Fernandez continued, "We are delighted to be partnering with EFFOST and making this investment into the future for food science."
In total, 46 applicants submitted abstracts which were judged by a scientific panel and the five candidates shortlisted were invited to attend the EFFOST annual conference and receive their prizes.