AMSTERDAM, November 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Innovations from 19 food and beverage companies have been shortlisted as finalists in the biennial Fi Europe Innovation Awards.
Many submissions were received from around the world for innovative ingredients created in 2015, across categories ranging from bakery to dairy and savoury to organic.
This year the shortlisted candidates are: AAK, Ingredion, FrieslandCampina Kievit, CHR Hansen, IOI-Loders Croklaan, Avebe, Arla Foods Ingredients, Dutch Spices, Probi AB, Salt of the Earth, Scelta Mushrooms, ADM, Fiberstar,Inc, ENRICO GIOTTI SPA, and Roquette.
Chair of the judging panel, The Healthy Marketing Team President Peter Wenstromm, said it was a duty and a joy to be celebrating the companies who carry the torch for innovation.
"In a time when innovation in the food industry is challenged by financial pressure, regulatory barriers and consumer distrust, it is vital that we continue to recognise the efforts of the companies that are still innovating," he said.
The winners will be announced at Fi Europe in Paris, a trade show dedicated to the food and beverage industry that brings together more than 20,000 industry members every two years.
The Fi Innovation Awards honour professionals and companies for their ability to demonstrate and stimulate innovation in the food industry under nine different categories. There is also an award for the Most Innovative Food Ingredient - the overall winner of the Fi Innovation Awards, as selected by the independent judging panel.
Peter said worthy finalists had been selected in all categories and he was looking forward to announcing the winners in less than a month.
"In the meantime, I am pleased to announce Cargill as the winner of the Best Sustainability Innovation - for their affordable finance for cocoa farmer cooperatives.
"We received an outstanding entry from Cargill, which was head and shoulders above the competition, so the judging panel agreed unanimously to declare them the winner," he said.
Finalists 2015: here are the full details
Best Bakery Innovation
- AAK- Akopastry HP 400 & 200
- Ingredion- PRECISA Bake GF texturising system
- FrieslandCampina Kievit- FrieslandCampina Kievit's Vana-Monte DP96
Best Beverage Innovation
- CHR Hansen- CapColors® Orange 057 WSS
- FrieslandCampina Kievit- FrieslandCampina Kievit's Vana-Cappa 26W
Best Confectionary Innovation
- IOI-Loders Croklaan- Creamelt Stand
Best Dairy Innovation
- Arla Foods Ingredients- Nutrilac®
- Dutch Spices- Daisy's non dairy products
- FrieslandCampina DMV- Excellion EM 7 High Viscosity
Best Functional Innovation
- Probi AB-Probi FerroSorb®
- Salt of the Earth- Unami Essence Sea Salt
- Scelta Mushrooms- Scelta Taste Accelerator
Best Natural/Organic Innovation
- ADM- TRUEDARK
- Fiberstar,Inc- Citri-Fi 100
- Ingredion- NOVATION PRIMA 340 starch
Best Savoury/Meat Innovation
- ENRICO GIOTTI SPA- The Taste of Gold
- Roquette-NUTRALYS® T70S
Most Innovative Food Ingredient
- Overall winner to be announced at the awards ceremony
The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Excellence Awards
- The Lifetime Achievement Award
- The Young Scientist Award
Innovation in Technology - new for 2017
A new category, Innovation in Technology, will be included in the Fi Europe Innovation Awards in 2017, in association with Expo FoodTec. In 2015, Novozymes has been highlighted with distinction.
New award categories in 2015 include 'Best Functional Innovation' and 'Best Natural/ Organic Innovation', to recognise food and beverage developments that are meeting the growing consumer demand for these types of products.
Fi Europe has also partnered with IUFoST to present Lifetime Achievement and Young Scientist Innovation Awards, which will also be announced on 2 December.
All finalists' innovations will be on display at Fi Europe, in the Innovation Awards Showcase.
Media is invited to attend the Fi Europe Innovation Awards Presentation on Tuesday 1 December at 18:00. The ceremony will be held in the Atrium of Hall 6 at Paris Nord Villepinte, 82 Avenue des Nations, Paris.
2015 Judging panel: here are the full details
Peter Wennstrom The Healthy Marketing Team President & Expert Consultant Anita Scholte Albert Heijn Manager Concept Management Albert Zwijgers Unilever Innovation agent Food & Health, Food & Nutrition Delta Prof. Technology and Ingredients, University of Applied Sciences, HAS Den Bosch, The Netherlands John Madden Euromonitor Global Head of Ingredients Research Elodie Lebastard EAS Food Law Manager Marie-Pierre Membrives Industry Expert Food Development Erika Smith General Mills Sr. Principal Scientist Ian Gordon Giract Chairman, Giract Sarl, Geneva Switzerland Colin Dennis IFT President Elect and Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists, Chairman, IFIS
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