Organised in association with IFE and sponsored by Tetra Pak, this year’s World Food Innovation Awards received a great many new innovations in the technology and ingredients categories, offering ultimate convenience, efficiency, health and safety for consumers. Here we look at some of the best technology and ingredients concepts this year that will surely change the game for all aspects of the industry – from business and production models to packaging, marketing, and the environment.
Best technology innovation
The winning product in the best technology innovation category was Innovative Blending with their Smoothie Vending Machines. The device allows customers to pick their own ingredients (puréed fruits or vegetables, proteins and vitamins) for their own smoothies, making it possible for commuters to create their very own recipes on the go. NewTree Fruit Company was selected a finalist thanks to their patented technology that can selectively remove 90–95% of the naturally occurring sugars in fruit juice, answering the ever growing consumer demand for healthier and low-sugar fruit drinks. Another finalist in the category was APRIL the Robotic Chef, which revolutionises food manufacturing. Emulating how consumers cook at home, APRIL moves pans to combine ingredients, heat, mix and pour soups, sauces and ready meals on an industrial scale. The technology contributes to the fight against food waste through shelf life extension and also removes pipes and pipework, whilst taking up to 80% less factory space.
Best ingredient innovation
The best ingredient innovation winner was Just A Splash, a brand new range of alcohol-based cooking sauces, offered in convenient pouches. Their groundbreaking solution removes the need for spending a fortune on expensive spirits or fortified wines for the purpose of cooking. Salt of the Earth’s Mediterranean Umami was among the finalists in the category, a unique combination of plant concentrates, extracts and sea salt that allows for significant sodium reduction (up to 45%), while maintaining the taste profile. Holy Lama Naturals Spice Drops lemongrass and chai spices also joined the finalists with the latest additions to their range of concentrated extracts of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits created through an extraction process that not only ensures that the authentic taste and natural goodness, but also blend easily with water, fat and oil at any stage of preparation.
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