20 June, 2016

Louisville, Kentucky USA (June 20th, 2016) – DDW, The Color House is pleased to announce this year’s first place winners of the Natural Coloring Competition for Students and the recipients of a $2,500 cash prize are Poonam Bajaj (Team Captain), Maria Dian Pratiwi Masli, Deepali Jain, and Matthew Luke Tanoeihusada from Washington State University with their project, “Beadsicle.” The product featured vivid, naturally colored gel beads suspended in a clear ice pop. These not only enhanced the appearance of the novelty, but also allowed consumers to have different colors and flavors in a single dessert.

Team Captain Poonam Bajaj is a Ph.D. candidate in Food Engineering at Washington State University. Ms. Bajaj completed her B.S. in Food Science and an M.S. in Food Engineering and Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India, after which she worked for a flavor company as an Application Technologist, giving her the opportunity to study a wide range of ingredients and their functionality. Ms Bajaj is currently exploring the potential of pea-proteins as an encapsulating ingredient to achieve an orderly release of bioactive agents. She also serves as student representative of the IFT-Product development division and is an active member of Food Engineering and Product Development clubs at Washington State University.

The team will be presented their award at the 2016 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo during the Washington State University Reception and their poster will be displayed at DDW’s Booth #1809.

Second place winners and recipients of $1,000 cash prize are Lily L. Yang (Team Captain), Tommy Haufe, and Hyun Sik Chu of Virginia Tech with their project “Trufflappear.” Their project featured dual-colored cookies that changed colors upon baking.

Team Captain Lily L Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Food Science & Technology at Virginia Tech. Ms. Yang received her B.S. in Food Science & Technology from the University of California, Davis in 2010. She then worked at the USDA Western Regional Research Center before joining the ranks of higher education. She received her M.S. in Food Science & Technology from Virginia Tech in 2014. Ms. Yang’s research interests are focused not only on food safety and food microbiology, but also in science communication, risk communication, media literacy, education and outreach, and product development/idea generation. She has collaborated in various public forums such as Don’t Eat the Pseudoscience Facebook/Youtube/blog, the Food Shouldn’t Be Scary podcast, and IFT Student Association’s Science Meets Food blog.

DDW will begin accepting proposals for the 2016-2017 Natural Coloring Competition on September 1st, 2016. For more information on how to enter, please visit


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