Once again this year, the innovative ideas and the creativity of the young Greek students were demonstrated through the Ecotrophelia 2019 National Competition of eco-innovative food products, organized by the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries (SEVT) since 2011. All participant teams showed great enthusiasm and passion and impressed the Greek committee with their innovative spirit, the quality, as well as the special nutritional and ecological characteristics of their products. The team of the Agricultural University of Athens won 1st place and they will represent Greece at the Ecotrophelia 2019 European Competition, which will take place during the ANUGA International Fair in Cologne, in Germany, on 6 and 7 October 2019.
This year, 9 groups of students from 8 Greek Universities reached the final phase of the competition.
The winners of this year’s competition were:
- 1st award as well as the Best Commercial & Marketing Plan award went to GReatings: a Ready-To-Cook meal pot, consisting of dry ingredients, which may be instantly prepared by just adding hot water and producingtraditional, nutritious, meals – Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition.
- 2nd award went to Coofie: a ready-to-eat biscuit with unique and exquisite taste, made with natural ingredients, low in fat, low in saturated fat, low in sodium/salt and high in fiber. It is formulated to promote the consumption of fibers especially in gluten free diets– National Technical University of Athens,School of Chemical Engineering.
- 3rd place went to HOLI BEAN: a savory paste of fermented white beans, extra virgin olive oil and spices. It is a vegan, non-dairy alternative spread, naturally rich in probiotics, antioxidants, antithrombotic agents, fiber and vitamins– Harokopio University, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics.
- An honorary award for the Best Presentation was also given to ROBUSTUS: an organic, nutritious energy drink that contains traditional ingredients from the Mediterranean land (pomegranate juice, carob honey, mint oil) and certified organic herb extracts (olive leaf, lavender and thyme)– University of the Aegean, Food Science and Nutrition Department.
For many years now, the Ecotrophelia competition successfully brings together students, teachers, researchers and professionals of the Food sector and has managed to become a source of innovative ideas for the Food Industry, in order to respond to new consumer needs.