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Challenge Expansion Technologies for Food Materials
Expansion Technologies for Food Materials
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 164
Posted: Jul 18 2016
Challenge ID: 9933813
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Currently, it is possible to process high starch to protein ratio food like corn, rice and wheat to expand and “puff-up” the material to make a crunchy texture in a shape similar to the original. These processes do not work on low starch to protein ratio, more dense, high fiber and oily food materials like seeds and nuts. The Seeker would like to find processes that could accomplish this expansion on such more nutritious foods that are relatively higher in protein, fiber and fat than commonly expandable starchy grains and seeds. 

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Many puffed-up snacks are made from corn, wheat, rice and similar high starch, low protein/oil foods. The Seeker would like to find a method to expand more nutritious foods like nuts and seeds in a similar way. The final product should be crisp, crunchy or equivalent texture and retain the shape of the original starting material, just expanded. The whole nut or seed must be used and it cannot be ground/chopped up and reformed by molding, extrusion, etc. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker for its potential to be reduced to practice. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 17, 2016Late submissions will not be considered.


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