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.”
Best natural functional drink
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
Finalists in this category were Probelte Biotechnologia SL with Granadox and Meiji Co Ltd with Meiji Be Healthy with Milk.
Best immunity defence drink
Finalists in this category were Healthy Secret Ltd with Mune Healthy Water and Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson with Floridana Virkni Andoxun.
Best alertness drink
Finalist in this category was Kino Biotech Co Ltd with Kinohimitsu J’Pan 69 Women Drink.
Best relaxation drink
Finalist in this category was Easy2Live LLC with Easy2Sleep.
Best beauty drink
Finalist in this category was OKF Corporation with Aloe Vera King.
Best weight management drink
Finalist in this category was All Day Energy Ltd with iShot Skinny Acai Berry Slim Potion.
Best protein drink
Best sports/fitness drink
Finalists in this category were Powercoco LLC with Powercoco, and Zico with Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.
Best recovery drink
Best children’s functional drink
Best 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
Finalist in this category was Avenza Pte Ltd with Take5ive Energy + Brain Power.
Best packaging for functional drinks
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
Finalist in this category was Promonotions Pty Ltd with PromoCap.
Best functional drink label
Best natural ingredient for functional drinks
Best new functional ingredient concept
Best functional drink consumer campaign
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
Best new functional drink brand or business
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.
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