May CIFST will be holding its first Marvin Tung Student Case Competition that will provide our emerging professionals with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills as well as learn from each other through the analysis of a food sector case study. The primary objective of the case competition is to foster innovative thinking about a real-world problem while allowing students to hone their skills and network with their peers.


The Marvin Tung Student Case Competition will work as follows:

THE CASE: With sustainability in mind, the case involves finding a solution to a problem focusing on sustainability/food waste/supply chains as themes.

TEAMS: Teams of 3-4 full-time students enrolled in food science, food technology and nutrition programs across Canada. Teams can include up to one graduate student (Masters or Doctoral level), but must be comprised of a majority of undergraduate students at the College or University level. They would pre-register and then would be provided with the “case.” There is no fee to participate.


TIMELINE: Teams will submit their written case competition solutions by Friday, April 22nd, 5 pm EST (Toronto Time).

SUBMISSION: 3-5 page document (double-spaced, Arial 12 point font) + references in APA format, 7th edition.

FIRST ROUND: The First Round submissions will be judged by select industry professionals (i.e. CIFST Board of Directors and Past President Advisory Council). Three to four finalist teams will be announced by May 6th (2 weeks for judging).

SECOND ROUND:  The Second Round will consist of the finalists presenting their First Round submission using a Powerpoint slide presentation (maximum 15 minutes) to the judging panel and audience during the Canadian Food Summit, June 1-3, 2022. Finalists would receive a token/bragging rights and free attendance at the conference.

The Second Round will occur the morning of June 3rd. Students who cannot travel would present virtually. Each team will have 15 minutes to present followed by a short question period from the judging panel. Following the presentations, the judging panel will deliberate and select the winning team. Presentations can be made either in person or virtually.

SECOND ROUND JUDGES:  The judging panel will be made up of academia and industry representatives.

AWARDS: A cash prize will be awarded to the winning team along with the Marvin Tung trophy. The winners will be invited to appear at CIFST *ALT in the fall of 2022.

Further information about the Case:

Sustainable Food Systems, particularly as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations:

“A sustainable food system (SFS) is a food system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised.”

This means that: – It is profitable throughout (economic sustainability); – It has broad-based benefits for society (social sustainability); and – It has a positive or neutral impact on the natural environment (environmental sustainability). A sustainable food system lies at the heart of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted in 2015, the SDGs call for major transformations in agriculture and food systems in order to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition by 2030.

The Case focuses on Solutions for sustainable fresh vegetables and fruits for Canada’s north OR Urban food deserts.

Issues or questions to be addressed should include a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, comprised of:

  1. Identify and describe the problem using peer-reviewed references, technical reports;
  2. Identify an innovative and novel solution to the problem;
  3. Elaborate on the workability and applicability of the solution and the benefits from the consumer/client level, to the local community, to society, the economy and environment.