To find one, Dion’s is partnering with the University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy to recruit UNM students in a three-week competition to keep Dion’s dressings cool. The winning team, or individual, will earn $1,000 in cash, plus $50-per-month Dion’s gift cards for a year.
Competition organizers are betting on the creativity of pizza-loving students, said Academy Director Rob DelCampo.
“Dion’s hired engineers and went to conferences on food shipping and nothing works for their particular product,” DelCampo said. “So let’s get people who enjoy their product most, a bunch of college kids, with no limits on how many can participate. They just show up at the kickoff on Sept. 20, Dion’s will hand out competition kits for participants and bring a bunch of pizza and let everyone go crazy.”