College teams from University of Florida, University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been selected as the 2021 finalists for the nation’s most prominent scholarship competition for students pursuing careers in baking, food technology/science, and culinary programs.

ASB’s Executive Director Kent Van Amburg states that more than $40,000 in college scholarships will be awarded at BakingTECH 2021. “We are excited to offer a meaningful way for students to test their talent, network with baking industry experts, and discover the power of the industry’s biggest spotlight.  This year, for the first time, students will compete in a very modern, all-virtual BakingTECH format that will recognize extraordinary creativity and skill like never before.”

It’s a search for the perfect mix of innovation and sustainability. The final round is February 17, 2021 during BakingTECH’s all-virtual annual conference. 

The 2021 Theme is “Sustainability: Caring for Our Future.”  Products must highlight an upcycled ingredient from an existing waste stream within the food industry. Upcycling is taking something that would typically be discarded and giving it a functional use.

The following three teams have been selected as the 2021 finalists:

  • The University of Minnesota team is comprised of Radhika Bharathi, Steven Cak, Sonali Raghunath and Brigitta Yaputri. Their product is ReToast.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison team is comprised of Neve Blanz, Joran Ishizu, Mallorie Arndt and Claire McMonagle. Their product is Banana Halos.
  • The University of Florida team is comprised of Mario Guadalupe, Victor Cedeno, Vicni Leandre and Devanshu Mehta. Their product is Pokara Wafel,

This year, ASB’s Product Development Competition is sponsored by AIB International. For more info on the ASB Product Development Competition, visit