Juan Puerto, still a junior at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, won the top prize at the Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest in the Most Innovative Novelty category.

Through the competition, held at the Ice Cream Technology Conference hosted by the International Dairy Food Association, his Coconut and Milk Fruit Bar stood out among products from big industry names like Wells Enterprises (BlueBunny), Dove, Baskin Robbins and Publix Supermarkets.

Juan credits the hospitality program at FIU with teaching him essential tools that he can use in and out of the food production laboratories. “Having learned foodservice operations, and accounting has been key to running my business,” he said.

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