DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences has announced the third edition of DuPont NutriScholars Award (DNA) 2020, a pan-India food science programme that facilitates knowledge exchange and drives innovation among the country’s food academics. F1rstMR Business Analytics (F1rst) will administer the programme as an execution partner, together with DuPont Food and Beverage Innovation team.

The programme invites budding food technologists from academic institutions across the country to put their knowledge and skills to the test in plant-based protein themed projects, centred around consumer consumption occasions.

Winning entries will be judged based on product innovativeness, commercial viability and improvements made in taste and texture using one or more of the company’s range of protein and functional ingredients during the development process.

Karuna Jayakrishna, innovation leader, South Asia, DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences, said, “Indian diets are carbohydrate-rich and most Indians are not consuming enough protein to meet their RDA requirement; and it has been our constant endeavour to develop technologies and work along with food industry to fortify foods. Plant-based soy protein, for instance, is relevant across lifespan from infants/children to senior population with its nutrition and health benefits. DNA 2020 highlights this very importance of plant-based proteins for an everyday balanced diet. DuPont is committed to motivate design and creative thinking among future food scientists and technologists, providing them a hands-on experience.”

The award features four distinctive categories:
• Convenient and nutritious breakfast
• Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) style lunch/dinner
• Healthier desserts/indulgences
• 4 PM healthy savoury snacks

The awards were previously held in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, the awards programme encouraged ideation of ethnic Indian food and beverage concepts, followed by bakery food innovation challenge in 2018.


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