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Cereal and Food Science Class Partners with Specialty Grain Company for Product Development

Students in the CFS 480/680 Food Product Development class presented their final projects on May 3, 2018. They were tasked with developing a blue cornmeal based food product, including production and marketing plans, much like a commercial product development team. Dr. Jiajia Rao teaches the spring semester course and says, “This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in teamwork, creativity, and scientific skills.”

May 14, 2018

Students in the CFS 480/680 Food Product Development class presented their final projects on May 3, 2018. They were tasked with developing a blue cornmeal based food product, including production and marketing plans, much like a commercial product development team. Dr. Jiajia Rao teaches the spring semester course and says, “This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in teamwork, creativity, and scientific skills.”

Rao previously worked in the food production industry and realizes the importance of connecting students with industry representatives. Therefore, she has approached companies since she began teaching the course in 2017 to assist and sponsor the product development activity for the course.

Richland Innovative Food Crops, Inc.is located in Breckenridge, MN and sells soybeans and blue corn for processing into specialty food products. Rao shared with company leaders about the product development course and they offered to provide funds for the class project.

The class teams and their products are Hanna Gross, Madison Gohl and Jonathan Roe, Blue Cranberry Breakfast Bars; Karlee Box, Kelsey Pladson, Trevor Austin and Tyler Bjork, KT Lemon Cream Cookies; and  Ben Klesk, David Syverson, Christian Akers and Annie Baja, Purple Thunder Corn Flakes.

Richland IFC, Inc. President Rick Brandenburger, Ingredient Sales and Product Manager Dominique Schuler and Product Development and Quality Assurance Manager Dr. Mihiri Mendis attended the presentations.  

Rao began working in the Cereal and Food Science program in the Department of Plant Sciences in 2016.

For more information on Richland IFC, Inc., click here https://www.richlandifc.com/.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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