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25/10/2019 – News / Food Processing / Ingredients / Innovation / Event / Europe / France

Fi Innovation Awards: Finalists revealed

Fi Innovation Awards- Finalists revealed

Recognising groundbreaking innovations, Fi Global is set to award innovation prizes in 11categories at the Fi Europe show in Paris on 3rd December.

A total of 34 companies made it into the final round of the Fi Innovation Awards – an accolade that honours companies with outstanding solutions, services or ingredients that meet current industry challenges.


The eight-member jury led by Prof. Colin Dennis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IFIS (International Food Information Service), has just announced the shortlisted applications from more than 180 submissions. After a decisive pitch on the day before Fi Europe, the winners of the 11 categories will be unveiled at a festive ceremony on 3rd December.


In recent years, the Fi Innovation Awards have become known as the most prestigious in the industry. In 2019, the number of companies that made it into the final round was almost double that of the previous event. “This year we not only had a record number of entries, but also the quality of the entries was above average,” remarked Prof. Dennis. “That’s why we considered many to be worthy of the shortlist.”


All categories and finalists are listed below.


Future of Nutrition Award

• AAK, for Akovita® for a range of lipids for tailor-made products in senior nutrition.

• Arla Food Ingredients, for Lacprodan® MFGM-10 – contributing to brain development, gut health and immune function in infant formulas.

• Nucaps Nanotechnology, for bioavailable capsules with natural proteins.

• Vietnam Food JSC, for its valorisation of shrimp by-products.


Sustainability Champion Award

• Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), for promoting sustainable farming practices and biodiversity conservation in South America.

• Palsgaard, as the first emulsifier ingredients company to achieve CO2 neutral production.


Organic Champion Award

• Diana Food, for its organic colouring foodstuff.

• Panteley Toshev, for the world's first organic beverage emulsions.

• Tradin Organic, for its range of organic avocado oil from Ethiopia.


Clean label & Natural Innovation Award

• Chr. Hansen, for the HANSEN SWEET POTATO™ – offering unique colouring properties in brilliant red.

• HI-FOOD SPA, for Meltec® semi-solid fibres for syrups and sugar replacement.

• Royal Koopmans, for Koopmans Bind-it™ – a clean label binding agent for meat-free burgers.


Functional Innovation Award

• AAK, for Akonino® LCP being close to human milk lipids.

• Bunge Loders Croklaan, for Betapol Plus® – OPO fats for infant formulas.

• Chr. Hansen, for cheese coagulants.


Reformulation Innovation Award

• Chr. Hansen, for SWEETY cultures for sugar reduction in fermented dairy.

• Griffith Foods, for extruded snacks using green banana flour and Sodium Flex for salt reduction.

• Taura Natural Ingredients, for JusFruit Fibre+: an easy way to increase dietary fibre intake.


Protein Innovation Award

• Arla Foods Ingredients, for a concept for infant formula with alpha-lactalbumin and whey protein hydrolysates.

• Ebro Ingredients, for textured organic pea protein.

• ICL Food Specialties, for the development of ROVITARIS™ FBX 360 – a textured faba bean protein.

• Kerry, for ProDiem™ – solving challenges of low-pH protein beverage formulation.


F&B Categories Innovation Award

• DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, for CHOOZIT® BC Cultures – an optimum browning control of pizza cheese.

• Griffith Foods, for vegetable-based coating system ‘Never Fry’.

• PB Leiner, for next-generation gelatin.


Food Tech Innovation Award

• BRACE for instant microspheres for beverage production

• Corbion with Verdad® Opti Powder N350, a clean label antimicrobial system

• Interfood Dairy Value Engineering, for innovative technical service for dairy ingredients and finished products.


Diversity and Inclusion Award (sponsored by THE HUNGER PROJECT)

• CP Kelco, for its ‘I belong’ initiative.

• International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), for its diversity and inclusion initiative.

• International Trade Centre (ITC), for its ‘Women and Trade Programme’ – supporting women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.


Plant-Based Innovation Award (sponsored by ProVeg International)

• Döhler Group, for its plant-based cheese and cream cheese.

• Fiberstar Inc., for cleaning up plant-based meat alternatives using Citri-Fi® Natural Citrus Fiber.

• Vaneeghen, for Dermaval™ – their clinically researched plant-based collagen builder.


For further information about the awards and the judging process please visit:

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