At a celebratory gala dinner at the Knight’s Hall, Residenz Palace, Salzburg, Austria on 28 April, attended by more than 150 industry representatives, the finalists and winners in the 2010 IDF Dairy Innovation Awards were announced.
The inaugural awards programme attracted over 170 entries from 29 countries in 12 categories, designed to reward and champion innovation and excellence in the global dairy industry. The Associate Sponsors were Tate & Lyle and Sidel. An international panel of experts met in Brussels on 30 March to select the finalists and choose the winners.
The IDF Dairy Innovation Awards is a partnership initiative by the International Dairy Federation and FoodBev Media’s Dairy Innovation magazine. At the awards dinner, IDF president Richard Doyle welcomed guests and the awards were presented by Dairy Innovation editor Geoff Platt and hosted by FoodBev Media group editorial director Bill Bruce.
“The 2010 IDF Dairy Innovation Awards received an exceptional record number of participants, highlighting the richness and diversity of dairy and its development,” said IDF director general Christian Robert. “The IDF Dairy Innovation Awards is crucial to better leverage the importance of talented innovation to deliver natural, safe, tasty and healthy food. Around the globe, there are numerous examples of excellence – success stories, new trends, best practices, reactive initiatives, inspiring ideas – to consolidate the position and foster the expansion of our sector."
“Innovation in dairy is growing as fast, if not faster than, any other sector of the food and drink industry,” added Dairy Innovation's Geoff Platt. “These awards have created a unique platform for us to celebrate excellence and innovation across the global dairy industry, and they will be an incentive and an inspiration for others in the industry to follow suit."
“We're delighted to have achieved a record number of entries from every corner of the world for the 2010 IDF Dairy Innovation Awards, and their truly international appeal is reflected with winners from 11 different countries,” said FoodBev Media group editorial director Bill Bruce. "Every entry features in a special Showcase magazine, seen for the first time at the 4th Global Dairy Congress and which will go to all readers of Dairy Innovation. A digital version will be available online at FoodBev.com, and trends and themes from the awards will be presented at the 2010 IDF World Dairy Summit in Auckland, in November 2010."
Finalists & winners
Best new cheese - Winner – New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, with Savoury Cheddar. - Finalists – UK based Kerry Foods was a double finalist, with its LowLow Cheddar and Cheestring Shots.
Best new spread - Winner – Turkey’s Ak Gıda, with Ülker Içim Fidella Fresh Cheese with Honey and Cream. - Finalists – UK retailer Asda was a double finalist, with its Belgian Chocolate Spread and Extra Special Somerset Farmhouse Butter.
Best new ice cream - Winner – Singapore based Nanyang Polytechnic, with La Femme green tea aloe vera ice cream. - Finalists – Ljbuljanske Miekarne from Slovenia, with Froothie; and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream from the United States, with Häagen-Dazs Five.
Best new dairy drink - Winner – FrieslandCampina WAMCO of Nigeria, with its Peak evaporated milk sachet. - Finalists – Puleva Foods of Spain, with Puleva Calcio calcium drink; Elle & Vire from France, with Yaggo!; and Ak Gıda from Turkey, with Ülker Içim Pasifik carbonated yogurt drink.
Best new functional dairy product - Winner – Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd from China, with Changqing Pro-ABB probiotic yogurt. - Finalists – Maeil Dairies Co Ltd from Korea, with Organic Enyo; and UK retailer Marks and Spencer, with Drink Well banana date and oat probiotic dairy smoothie.
Best newcomer brand or business - Winner – Meiji Dairies Corporation from Japan, with RakuRaku cubes. - Finalists – both from Norway: Tine BA, with YT; and O.Kavli AS, with Q Skyr.
Best health education initiative or nutri-marketing campaign - Winner – Israel Dairy Board, with its Healthy Days at School initiative. - Finalists – British Columbia Dairy Foundation from Canada, with Titanium Chef; and Mevgal from Greece, with Dairy Products – Pleasure, Health, Fun.
Best school milk initiative - Winner – Tetra Pak China for its Physical Health Enhancement programme. - Finalists – Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd from New Zealand, for its CalciYum – Adopt a Cow campaign; UK retailer Asda for its Asda Dairy Bus; and the Israel Dairy Board, for its Healthy Days at School initiative.
Best environmental initiative - Winner – Amul of India, with its Go Green initiative. - Finalists – Surat District Co-Operative – Sumal Dairy in India, with its Biogas / organic fertiliser project; and RKW SE, Verpackungsberatung CE Schweig Lobetaler Bio-Molkerei, and Hoffnungstaler Werkstätten gGmbH, for Lobetaler Bio FPO cup.
Best packaging innovation - Winner – RKW SE, Verpackungsberatung CE Schweig Lobetaler Bio-Molkerei, and Hoffnungstaler Werkstätten gGmbH, for Lobetaler Bio FPO cup. - Finalists – Ampack-Ammann GmbH & Co KG of Germany, with Sensocap; O.Kavli AS from Norway, with Q Skyr; and Kerry Foods of the UK with Cheestrings Shots Easy Open.
Best new ingredient for dairy food or beverage - Winner – Lipid Nutrition, with Clarinol. - Finalists – Tate & Lyle, with Creamiz; and DSM Nutritional Products, with Ropufa ‘15’ Omega-3 Kosher Emulsion.
Best new consumer marketing campaign - Winner – Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec from Canada, with its Butter campaign. - Finalists – UK based Kerry Foods for LowLow; Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec from Canada, with its Crème campaign; and Bright Dairy & Food Co Ltd from China, with its Momchilovtsi Yogurt campaign.
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