A total of sixty (60) third year students from UNIVEN’s Department of Food Science and Technology attended the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Student Day which was held at the University of Pretoria (UP) on Friday, 25 October 2019.
Students from University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of Venda (UNIVEN), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and University of Pretoria (UP) exhibited their new food products (NFPs) development under the theme ‘South African’s Future Food Technologists and Scientists’. UNIVEN had seven (7) groups that produced different NFPs such as Gluten-free flat bread (Sorghum-legume flours), Nut-free energy bar (lentil seeds), Pumpkin (indigenous) seed and raisins, Mofii biscuits (Mopane worms and finger millet flours), Papaya-kiwi jam, Oats-pawpaw biscuits and Sorghum mini loaf. These students were promoting the use of indigenous, underutilized and smart food crops that are available in Vhembe District. These product packaging materials were designed by students. Each university was awarded R4000.00.
The following products won awards for UNIVEN: Gluten-free flat bread won the Best Product and Awarded R1700.00; second winner was Mofii Biscuits and third winning product was Oats-pawpaw biscuits and was awarded R1000.00.
The student food product development project is coordinated by Dr Shonisani Ramashia (Lecturer), Ms Thembi Malaza, assisted by Ms Tabea Mokhele (Sensory Evaluation Technician), Mr Ndivhuwo Matodzi (Pilot Plant Technician), Ms Bono Nethathe (Food Microbiologist) and Ms Babra Moyo (Food Chemistry Technician).
Below are some of the pictures that were taken during the exhibition
Judges and Dr. E. Kayitesi (Snr Lecturer) from UJ during the awards presentation
Oats-pawpaw(left) and mofii biscuits (right)
Mr. Matodzi (Centre) and Dr. Ramashia (left) holding the products
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Date: 08 November 2019