Fiberstar, Inc. Launches a Student Innovation Contest using Novel Citrus Fibers

By July 28, 2016News

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 like Citri-Fi, a natural citrus fiber.

Fiberstar, Inc. (, 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 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, produced using a patented process with technology licensed from the University of Minnesota.This natural fiber contains soluble and insoluble fiber, protein and lipid that provide multiple functionalities for any array of food applications. These benefits include moisture retention, natural emulsification, gelling properties, stabilization, yield improvement and textural attributes 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 is National Organic compliant. 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 contest.

Proposed applications can be from any food 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. Final submissions will be a final report with photographs of a prototype and respective formulations and procedures.

This student contest has a total prize pool of $25,000. There is one 1st place winner of $10,000, one 2nd place winner of $5,000 and a 3rd thru 6th place winner at $2,500 each. Contest submission are due no later than December 15th, 2016. 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.

About Fiberstar, Inc.: Fiberstar, Inc. is a privately held innovative biotechnology Company focused on enhancing food performance by manufacturing and marketing value-added food ingredients. Its largest brand, Citri-Fi is a natural highly functional fiber produced sustainably from orange pulp or peel using a patented process. Citri-Fi is GRAS, non-allergenic, neutral in taste & odor and non-GMO. This functional fiber line benefits meat, dairy, bakery, gluten-free, sauce, condiments, frozen food, beverage and health & wellness food products through textural improvements, nutritional enhancements and/or cost savings. Headquartered in River Falls, Wisconsin with manufacturing in Florida and Wisconsin, Fiberstar sells products globally in over 65 countries.