FST student team takes third place in American Baking Society Product Development Competition

FST student team posing with big check
Katie Routt, Amber Sun, Nicholas Cheng and Melissa Huang with their award check for their 3rd-place win
Zann Gates

A big congratulations to the team of Melissa Huang, Amber Sun, Katie Routt and Nicholas Cheng (all 3rd-year Food Science students) for taking third place and a check for $4,000 in the American Baking Society Product Development Competition at BakingTECH 2022, held March 1-3 in Chicago! 

Their product, "Purple Penguins", is a plant-based triple-layer sandwich cookie, made using upcycled grape pomace and purple sweet potato.  

Box illustration - Purple Penguins product
The proposed packaging for the purple penguin product 


purple penguin
A tasty purple penguin poses for a closeup picture

“We are super happy to have represented UC Davis and couldn't have done it without the help from the FST Leadership Board, Dr. Bwalya Lungu, and our other professors who graciously made our classes flexible to allow us to travel to Chicago for the conference.” - Melissa Huang and the Purple Penguins team

Amber, Nicholas, Melissa, Katie ASB Comp
Congratulations to (L-R): Amber Sun, Nicholas Cheng, Melissa Huang, and Katie Routt - baking rock stars!