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Challenge Novel Processes to Create New Foods and Snacks
Novel Processes to Create New Foods and Snacks
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 188
Posted: Mar 24 2015
Challenge ID: 9933665
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The Seeker for this Challenge is looking for new manufacturing processes inside and outside the food industry that can be used to create entirely new and differentiated categories of foods and snacks. The new process(es) should allow for the modulation of properties – such as texture, density, appearance, or shape – that enable the creation of new foods and snacks. 

Due to the nature of the challenge, the Seeker welcomes ideas from a variety of disciplines and industries, e.g. food & beverage industry, paint & ink industry, bulk and fine chemicals industry, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics industry, aerospace or electronics industries.  

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


The food industry is constantly seeking new and creative ways to innovate and bring to the market new foods and snacks. One way to do so is by using new and upcoming manufacturing processes that bring a new capability to control key properties of ingredients and/or obtain entirely new results that enhance the flavour and properties of food and snacks. 

Such processes can be found inside the food industry but can also be borrowed with success from other creative industries. Hence, this Challenge is a call for submissions from Solvers across all industries describing new manufacturing processes that allow for the modulation of snacks’ properties and enable the creation of entirely new categories of snacks. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.
  • Submission forwarding occurs during the Challenge.  Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission. If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission. This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 23, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered.  

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.


What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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