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A four member team designs a new food product or re-designs an existing one using a marketing scenario, as they covers product development and presentation, along with food safety issues. Participants use their sensory skills to evaluate and solve problems while applying sound principles in a decision making process.

*This CDE has no area level state qualifying contest! 
State winning team advances to national competition which is held during the National FFA Convention in late October.
Members of the first place team and the high point individual at the state level will receive $500 to pursue a degree in food technology at Texas Tech University.  Scholarships for underclass students will be held until entry into the TTU food technology degree program.

In a continued effort to alleviate size and spacing issues while maintaining contest integrity, the 2024 Food Science CDE will again be conducted in a 2 day format.  All individual events (exam, problems, safety/quality practicum, scents, and triangle test) will occur on Friday, April 19th  in the TTU Human Sciences building. The team portions will be conducted on Saturday, April 20th in the TTU Animal and Food Sciences Building.

Teams should check in at the Human Sciences Building Canyon Room between 3 and 4 pm on April 19th. Individuals will need to bring the designated scantron on this day. Scantrons will be collected at the end of the individual events. We will begin rotations through the individual events at 4 pm starting from Human Sciences 169 after announcements. Late teams may not be accommodated. All individual events are expected to finish no later than 7 pm.

During check in on April 19th teams will be assigned a time to arrive at the TTU Animal and Food Sciences building on the morning of April 20th. Teams should arrive 10 minutes ahead of their assigned time. Teams may leave after they present to judges.

2024 Team Portion: 
Category: Snacks
Platform: Shelf-stable
Market: Convenience store

Genuine Judging Card Scan sheet #713-3 is required for this contest! 

Problem Solving Resource      
The Food Science Contest will utilize the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service Processing Inspectors’ Calculations Handbook (revised 1995) as the resource for the development of problem solving problems relating to the following sections: Conversions (e.g. metric, US equivalents, grams, ounces, percent, ppm, Celsius, Fahrenheit); Pearson’s Square; Percent of an ingredient in a formula; Yield; Shrink loss; Volume of a container; Calorie calculations; Total energy calculations. The handbook is attached below. 

NameDate AddedSize
Food Science & Technology Rules 2022-2026 (Updated 9.27.23) 9/28/2023 255 KB
Official Texas FFA ID List: Food Science 9/27/2023 75 KB
Consumer Inquiry Letter 12/13/2015 12 KB
Example Scenario #1 12/13/2015 168 KB
Example Scenario #2 12/13/2015 169 KB
Example Scenario #3 12/13/2015 169 KB
Example Scenario #4 12/13/2015 172 KB
Example Scenario #5 12/13/2015 170 KB
Product Development Hints 12/13/2015 176 KB
Food Inspectors Calculation Handbook 3/8/2021 378 KB
Food Science Drop Sheet_2022-2026 11/16/2021 117 KB

  Corporate Sponsors
  Priefert Ranch Equipment  

  2024 State Event

Date: April 19-20

Location: Texas Tech University TTU Human Science Building, Room 169

Superintendent: Dr. Jarred Legako


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