General Mills, a very large US food company, has added an portal to its website where it calls for partnerships with food science and technology researchers.
The site calls for researcher’s proposals based on their own innovative ideas and offers a collection of some 50 General Mills ideas in which it would welcome ideas and proposals.
The one downside is that this is an open site and your inputs will not be confidential.
The extract below is what they present on colour retention in drying to give an idea their approach. It is also possible to register and join their innovation network.
GENERAL MILLS NON-CONFIDENTIAL BRIEF
Response Due Date:
Step 1: Click on the link above to submit a proposal.
Step 2: Create your non-confidential proposal to submit to General Mills.
Step 3: When you are finished, provide your contact information and click submit and your proposal will be sent to General Mills.
Step 4: General Mills will review your proposal within two to three weeks and together we will decide on appropriate next steps, if any. Examples include:
* Proof of concept
* Licensing agreement
* Possible supply agreement
* Joint venture
In Step 4 ,General Mills is willing to fund proof of concept demonstrations for up to $50,000.
Non Confidential Disclosure:
By submitting a response you represent that the response does not and will not be deemed to contain any confidential information of any kind.
Natural food-grade approaches or technologies to significantly reduce or eliminate color and flavor changes in dried fruit
General Mills, a 15+ billion dollar (U.S.) food company, has the following challenge: Natural technology that eliminates color and flavor changes in dried fruit during storage (9 months).
Dried fruit (especially dried dice apples) have been used as a particulate in products like snacks and cereals. Currently, unless treated with sulfites or with a combination of citric acid and ascorbic acid, dried fruit browns and develops an off- flavor during shelf-life. Neither of those options is considered natural. We seek a proposal that presents a natural technology to eliminate or significantly reduce color and flavor changes in dried fruit like dried dice apples during the product shelf-life.
* Natural extracts
* Blends or single ingredients derived from natural sources
* Novel technology or process