FiE announces Innovation finalists

24 Nov 2015

The organisers of Food Ingredients Europe (Paris, 1-3 December) have announced that innovations from 19 food and beverage companies have been shortlisted as finalists in the biennial Fi Europe Innovation Awards.

FiE announces Innovation finalists

The organisers of Food Ingredients Europe (Paris, 1-3 December), which brings together more than 20,000 food and beverage industry members every two years, have announced that innovations from 19 food and beverage companies have been shortlisted as finalists in the biennial Fi Europe Innovation Awards. The winners will be announced December 1.

Many submissions were received from around the world for innovative ingredients created in 2015, the organisers said, 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 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.

Wenstromm 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,” he said. “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.”

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 Confectionery Innovation

AAK-TROPICAO

IOI-Loders Croklaan- Creamelt Stand

Avebe-Perfectasol

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

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 was 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.