Nutritional supplement earns Food Science and Technology Team second place

The team included, from left, Emily Duckett, a fifth-year student from Christiansburg, Va.; Alaina Herrera, a senior from Woodbridge, Va.; Jian Wu, a graduate student from Bejing, China; Liyun Ye, a graduate student from Jiangsu Province, China; and Angelique Ameerally, a senior from Charlotte, N.C. Fatema Girnary, a senior from Burke, Va., is not pictured.

The Department of Food Science and Technology Team finished second in the Developing Solutions for Developing Countries competition in Las Vegas in June. The students, all food science and technology majors, developed a mango-based product called Uji Mate that can be added to Kenyan porridge to increase its nutritional content and flavor. It is also used to sweeten foods that taste good with mango.

The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association sponsored the contest and awarded the team a $2,500 check.