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Group holds annual competition for northwest OH specialty foods

From a news release from the Center for Innovative Food Technology:

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Food Product Development Contest which showcases many local flavors and recipes ready for actual product development. Contestants will submit a form outlining the basic details of their recipe, and food industry experts will judge each based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, marketability and overall appeal to the marketplace.

Later in July, finalists will be invited to the CIFT office to present their business concept and food product to a panel of judges.

The contest winner will receive technical and business development assistance which is essential for the advancement of a product into the marketplace, as well as production of product to be used for consumer feedback. Deadline to submit the completed application is Mon., June 14, 2010 (only one product per applicant).

One of last year's product contest winners - Gertie's Premium BBQ Sauce - received business and technical assistance via CIFT, and is ready to begin product production.

Great homemade recipes often remain a staple item enjoyed within close-knit groups of families and friends. Often these cherished recipes are passed down generation-to-generation and enjoyed throughout the year. But rarely does an item, such as a unique salad dressing or a delicious cookie, begin mass production for the general public to experience. Few have the resources to make their creation a reality - until now.

CIFT continues to conduct this friendly competition to encourage and foster additional businesses within the region by way of the food industry. The economic output can be significant considering the number of people employed by a typical food company, the increased income potential realized by the restaurant advancing a "signature item" consumers recognize, and the trained base of resources already available within the region.

Gertie's Premium BBQ Sauce will begin production for the first time on Wed., May 26, 2010 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Media is invited to view their product process first hand, as well enjoy samples of their product.

Center for Innovative Food Technology

5555 Airport Hwy., Ste. 100 • Toledo, OH 43615-7320 • 877-668-3472 or 419-535-6000

Contact: Call 419-823-3099 for more information, or obtain an application form along with Food

Product Development Contest rules/regulations at www.cift.eisc.org

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