Food Matters Live is delighted to announce the winners of its prestigious Awards which celebrate the innovators reshaping food and drink.
Now in their second year, the Awards recognise successes in a range of areas, from innovative product development and ground-breaking science and technology through to healthy eating initiatives and sustainable practices.
From grain-based pasta for those on a gluten-free diet to a healthy-eating app for school children, the winners reflect the boom in nutritious and environmentally friendly products, as well as trends towards vegan and free-from foods.
A judging panel of 24 food and drink industry experts included FoodsMatter editor Michelle Berriedale- Johnson, A Plastic Planet packaging advisor Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Kallo Foods’ Hayley Murgett, Foodscape Group founder Dr Rachel Cheatham, Cotwold Fayre chief executive Paul Hargreaves, Speciality Food Magazine editor Holly Shackleton and Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising chief executive Chris Griffin.
They each took part in a rigorous process involving full product assessment and tastings, sparking lively debate across all the categories.
Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “Congratulations to the winners in each category, who impressed the judges with their distinctive, innovative approaches, which challenged the status quo and really made a mark in their separate competitive categories.
“We were delighted with the number of high quality participants in the second edition of the Food Matters Live Awards, reflecting the breadth of innovation across the food and drink industry meeting consumer demand for healthy, better-for-you food and drink.”
Winners received an iconic award, creatively designed around the innovative concept of a taste bud.
Food Matters Live brought together thousands of visitors from across the global food and drink industry at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 November.
Innovative Better-for-You Product of the Year
100% White Teff – Fusilli Pasta
Seaweed Rice Crisps
Daon Food Co Ltd
Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year
Sparkling Tea BLÅ
Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company
Rubies in the Rubble
Innovative Food-to-Go Product of the Year
GiGi Holding B.V
nu organics GmbH
Best Better-for-You Ingredient of the Year
Best Natural Ingredient of the Year – Sponsored by Food and Drink Wales
Casa del Fermentino
Best Functional Ingredient of the Year
Gelita UK Ltd
Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Scaling Food Waste Prevention through Measurement and Data
Best Healthy Eating Initiative – Sponsored by Yili
HES Catering Services
Best Food Tech Innovation of the Year
Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel
3F BIO – Making Sustainable Protein by Making More with Less
3F BIO Ltd
Best New Ingredient of the Year
Novofarina Gluten Free Crumb
Novo Farina Ltd
Best New Food Product of the Year – Sponsored by Tesco Food Academy
Oumph! Kebab Spiced
Food for Progress
Best New Drink Product of the Year – Sponsored by No1 Rosemary Water
TEA REX – Lemon Ginger Turmeric Lemongrass
Snoooze – Natural Sleep Drink