BIFDA 2012 finalists and winners

Shaun Weston21 Mar 2012 (Updated 19 Jul 2012)

The finalists and winners in the Beverage Innovation Functional Drinks Awards 2012 were announced at a special Awards Gala Dinner in London, UK.

The dinner took place at the Honourable Society of The Inner Temple located in the heart of London's legal quarter, and was staged as part of the InnoBev Global Beverages Congress.

The judging panel had considered more than 80 entries in 21 categories, received from 19 countries.

The Beverage Innovation Functional Drinks Awards 2012 was kindly sponsored by Aptar Food + Beverage.

"The pace of change is so fast in the functional drinks arena, and following the success of last year's Beverage Innovation Functional Drinks Awards, we were fascinated to see what's changed, which trends have translated into success in the marketplace and which niches have caught consumers' imagination," said Bill Bruce, FoodBev Media group editorial director, also chair of the judging panel.

"It's the successful creation of more and more specific niche categories that makes this sector so intriguing, with major established producers seeing a genuine challenge from energetic entrepreneurs," he added. "Consumer understanding and acceptance of functional benefits keeps pace with scientific innovation through social media and smarter marketing."

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Awards results

Best natural functional drink

  • Winner: NutriWater (AlphaBambi GmbH).

Finalists in this category were FRS Healthy Performance with FRS Healthy Energy, Meiji Co Ltd with Meiji Colours of the Season Milk, and Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson with Floridana Virkni Andoxun.

Best targeted health drink

  • Winner: Kinohimitsu J'pan D'tox Plum Juice (Kino Biotech Co Ltd).

Finalists in this category were Probelte Biotechnologia SL with Granadox and Meiji Co Ltd with Meiji Be Healthy with Milk.

Best immunity defence drink

  • Winner: Rosehip Juice (Bioproduct Company).

Finalists in this category were Healthy Secret Ltd with Mune Healthy Water and Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson with Floridana Virkni Andoxun.

Best alertness drink

  • Winner: B'lue (Danone Narang Beverages Pvt Ltd).

Finalist in this category was Kino Biotech Co Ltd with Kinohimitsu J'Pan 69 Women Drink.

Best relaxation drink

  • Winner: Lull (The Botanical Drinks Co Ltd).

Finalist in this category was Easy2Live LLC with Easy2Sleep.

Best beauty drink

  • Winner: iShot Collagen Skin Potion (All Day Energy Ltd).

Finalist in this category was OKF Corporation with Aloe Vera King.

Best weight management drink

  • Winner: Lemon-lime Carbonate Create (Tate & Lyle).

Finalist in this category was All Day Energy Ltd with iShot Skinny Acai Berry Slim Potion.

Best protein drink

  • Winner: FRS Healthy Protein (FRS Healthy Performance).

Best sports/fitness drink

  • Winner: Nectar Fuel (My Goodness Ltd).

Finalists in this category were Powercoco LLC with Powercoco, and Zico with Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.

Best recovery drink

  • Winner: B'lue (Danone Narang Beverages Pvt Ltd).

Best children's functional drink

  • Winner: Magic Vitamin Balls (McCarter a.s.).

Best energy drink

  • Winner: Chamane Energy Drink (Chamane Energy Drink).

Finalists in this category were Dragon Nutrition with Little Dragon Intense Energy 375ml, and Scheckter's Organic Beverages Ltd with Scheckter's OrganicEnergy.

Best energy shots

  • Winner: Celestial Seasonings Kombucha Energy Shots (The Hain Celestial Group).

Finalist in this category was Avenza Pte Ltd with Take5ive Energy + Brain Power.

Best packaging for functional drinks

  • Winner: Minervana Mineral Nutrition Drink (Minervana Inc).

Finalists in this category were Rexam Beverage Can with Fusion Alubottle, Tap The Cap Inc with Tap The Cap Universal Dosage and Dispensing Cap, and Meiji Co Ltd with Meiji Milk Coffee.

Best new closure for functional drinks

  • Winner: Tap The Cap Universal Dosage and Dispensing Cap (Tap The Cap Inc).

Finalist in this category was Promonotions Pty Ltd with PromoCap.

Best functional drink label

  • Winner: Lull (The Botanical Drinks Co Ltd).

Best natural ingredient for functional drinks

  • Winner: Dogadan P Brotect (Dogadan Food Products Industry & Marketing Co).

Best new functional ingredient concept

  • Winner: L. casei 431 Juice (Chr Hansen).

Best functional drink consumer campaign

  • Winner: ALOtones (SPI Westport Inc).

Finalists in this category were Zico for Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, and Scheckter's Organic Beverages Ltd for Scheckter's OrganicEnergy.

Best established functional drink brand or business

  • Winner: Dragon Nutrition.

Best new functional drink brand or business

  • Winner: Aspire (Fahrenheit60).

Finalist in this category was Hempnotic LLC with Hempnotic Amazon Ace & Hempnotic Keen Green.

All entries will feature in a special Awards Showcase magazine, which will be distributed with issue 94 of Beverage Innovation magazine, and available as a digital edition.