Fiberstar Announces Citri-Fi Student Innovation Contest

By July 28, 2017News

 Win $10,000 – Student Innovation Contest using Novel Citrus Fibers

To support University academia and the Food Science communities, Fiberstar initiated a Student innovation contest involving new and novel uses for citrus fiber. This contest not only provides Students experience creating solutions for real world issues, but also, firsthand knowledge in how to formulate using clean and sustainable ingredients.

Fiberstar, Inc. (River Falls, WI) a global market leader in clean label food ingredient solutions announces a Student Innovation Contest entailing new and novel ways to use citrus fiber. This contest is introduced during a time when the food industry is exploding with cleaner and simpler versions of food products that appeal to a new, knowledgeable growing consumer base. This consumer base is seeking food products that contain ingredients that are recognizable, simple and natural. “We are thrilled to offer Universities and Students an opportunity to apply their food science knowledge and creativity to solve real world challenges.” said Fiberstar, Inc. President and CEO, John Haen. “Formulating with citrus fiber will give Students experience using cutting edge natural ingredients like Citri-Fi.”

Citri-Fi is a natural citrus fiber derived from citrus pulp, which is a byproduct of the orange juicing process, processed using a patented process with technology licensed from the University of Minnesota.This natural fiber contains soluble and insoluble fiber, protein and lipid which provide multiple functionalities for any array of food applications. These benefits include moisture retention, natural emulsification, gelling properties, stabilization, yield improvement and texturization which can improve the nutritional profile, enhance quality over shelf-life and/or extend costly ingredients to provide cost savings. And Citri-Fi can be used in meats, bakery, dairy, beverages and sauce food applications. This natural ingredient is non-GMO, non-allergenic, contributes fiber and accepted on the National Organic Program list. Fiberstar developed and recently launched a new clean label product called Citri-Fi 125 with unique properties compared to the previously developed products, which is the focal point for the design competition.

The Contest
Proposed food applications can be from any category and the competition can be part of a class or independent study project. These food concepts should be designed for scale up and global commercial distribution, taking into account market need, cost and ingredient quality. Fiberstar also included a $5,000 prize for the most innovative non-food application (e.g. energy, chemical, industrial, etc.).  Final submissions will be a final report with photographs of a prototype and respective formulations and procedures.

This innovation contest has a total prize pool of $25,000!
1st place winner of $10,000
2nd place winner of $5,000
3rd thru 6th place winner at $2,500 each
Non-food Application Winner $5,000

Contest submission are due no later than December 15th, 2017. A panel of judges will assess each idea using the following criteria: originality of concept, market need, ingredient commercial feasibility, technical feasibility and quality of the report.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Dr. Brock Lundberg at or visit Interested contestants will receive a contest packet which includes Citri-Fi samples, contest guidelines and rules and Citri-Fi product usage guidelines.

The Contest Packet:
Citri-Fi 125 Innovation Challenge Guidelines
Citri-Fi 125 Contest Poster