“Great recognition” that will “have a big impact” on your business. That’s what a FoodBev award means to the people that have been there, won that.
We caught up with a selection of the winners in this year’s World Dairy Innovation Awards to see how their triumph is helping them to grow as a business and spread the message about their innovative products and designs.
With three weeks left to go until the deadline for the World Beverage Innovation Awards, their comments are inspiration for you to enter your newest innovation into a FoodBev awards scheme and see for yourself how it can impact your business.
To find out more, including how to enter, click here
Yili Innovation : Best dairy product from Asia
“It is always a great honour and very important for Yili to win awards like this. We continuously innovate and improve our product portfolio and we want to make sure we are at least as good as our international competitors! We always strive for the best quality and getting an award like the prestigious World Dairy Innovation Awards is showing we are on the right track.
“Yili is currently expanding into a wider range of Asian countries and the number of products grows with that. At this moment I cannot say whether Yili’s butter will soon be available in other Asian countries, but for sure many products are!”
Nanyang Polytechnic: Best Dairy snack
“Winning a World Dairy Innovation Award will definitely have a big impact. Nanyang Polytechnic has been nurturing talents in the food science and food safety fields. Since participating in the first World Dairy Innovation Awards in 2010, we have consistently been placed among the finalists. Winning the award endorses and reinforces our position as a leading educational institute in food science in Singapore and reassures us that we are on the right track in training our students to be attuned not only to local but international standards. Hopefully this will build our capabilities as we get more opportunities to partner overseas industry players.
“The students took 15 weeks to create the recipe for Aloha Bliss frozen yogurt: once a week to work on this creation, which is incorporated into one of their modules in their final year of studies. The module is named ‘product development and sensory evaluation’. Aloha Bliss comes in three unique flavours popular in our region: mixed berries, yam and coconut, and chrysanthemum and wolfberry. The hidden gem of chia seeds not only provide a chewy texture, but also a great source of nutrients such as dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals.”
SealedAir: Best manufacturing/processing Innovation
“Developing Cryovac Darfresh on Board and winning a World Dairy Innovation Award for this packaging system proves that Sealed Air and our partner G. Mondini are strongly focused on helping their clients with achieving their sustainability goals. Sealed Air will continue working in this direction, creating a more efficient and less wasteful supply chain to make a meaningful contribution to the circular economy.
“The system uses specially formulated top film and cardboard support to create a vacuum skin consumer pack that fits the product like a second skin. The top film seals firmly but gently around every contour of the product creating a high-barrier, abuse-resistant pack. That is why Cryovac Darfresh on Board packaging systems extends shelf-life of fresh proteins, contributing to a reduction of food waste.”
Incom-Leone: Best ice cream/frozen yogurt
“Winning a World Dairy Innovation Award means a lot to our company. It is a new achievement for us and for the AL!VE team. This is a huge recognition for the AL!VE brand that competed against some very well-established players in the field. The prestigious accolade has given the AL!VE team even more energy to keep innovating and there are already some exciting products in development. The brand hopes to achieve worldwide listings to offer their better choice ice cream to consumers all around the globe. There’s nothing better than being able to indulge on ice cream guilt-free.
“We see that the ice cream market is going in two directions. One of them is the indulgent way, and the other is now the biggest trend, which is the healthier way. With consumers increasingly looking for healthier, cleaner, more nutritious and more functional foods, the AL!VE brand has taken on two of the key market trends – healthy, mindful eating and the high-protein revolution – and skilfully transformed them into irresistible formats of ice cream lolly.”
DSM: Best dairy ingredient
“Consumers around the world inspire us time and again to innovate within our dairy ingredients portfolio, and at DSM we have a broad competence in the development of dairy ingredients like cultures and enzymes, so we can be creative. Cheddar cheese is one of the most popular cheese types in North America and the UK, and we clearly see that consumer taste preferences are migrating toward more premium and unique cheddar flavour profiles, creating many opportunities for innovation. Our answer to this clear customer need was to develop the Delvo ADD range of adjunct cultures.
“The DSM Delvo ADD adjuncts portfolio is a range of adjunct cultures that can be added on top of the cheese cultures to create a differentiated and unique taste profile. With Delvo ADD, cheddar cheese manufacturers can differentiate their products by crafting sweet, buttery, savoury and mature flavour notes – or a combination of these – and can develop balanced taste profiles in their cheddars without any off-flavors. Delvo ADD enables premium, distinctive cheeses. By combining different adjunct cultures from the Delvo ADD portfolio, manufacturers can develop a signature cheese flavour for a specific brand, differentiating the brand and inspiring consumer loyalty.
“At DSM Food Specialties, our purpose is ‘Enabling Better Food for Everyone’. Like our customers, we believe that dairy products should be better-tasting, healthier, and more sustainable for people around the world – today and in the future. Therefore, we continuously investigate new solutions to help our customers answer today’s challenges. We partner with many customers in the cheese market, and it was clearly a common theme in the many conversations we had with them that there was need for unique taste profiles in cheddar cheese. So, we started developing this new and innovative portfolio of adjunct cultures.
“Since our launch of the Delvo ADD portfolio earlier this year, we have received very positive feedback from our customers. Due to the trials we completed with customers before the official market introduction, we are proud to share that some of the products made with our adjuncts can already be found in the stores. One example is a low-salt cheddar, where the ‘ADD savoury’ (umami) adjunct can compensate the taste of a low-salt product. The ‘reduce fat’ culture is also successful in several low-fat cheddar cheeses on the shelves today.”
O-I: Best brand marketing campaign/activation and Best yogurt
“As the day-to-day becomes busier and busier, consumers look for little treats in indulgent products. In France, they believe the measure of good food is the pleasure and joy it brings to life. Oui by Yoplait seeks to bring these values to consumers through its delicious yogurt.
“In addition, consumers care more than ever about health and wellness, and therefore pay closer attention to the quality of the ingredients and packaging, seeking more natural, healthier foods. It starts with simple, non-GMO ingredients, like whole milk from cows raised on a diet of only non-GMO feed, pure cane sugar, real fruit and yogurt cultures. Plus, no artificial flavours and no colours from artificial sources. When we set out to make this exceptional yogurt, we considered every little detail. And that includes the container. The glass pot is not only recyclable and great for reuse, but it also protects the integrity of the yogurt’s texture during the production and shipping process, ensuring our consumers experience the best possible French-style yogurt every single time.
“Winning a World Dairy Innovation Award is great recognition for the innovative design that went into the OUI yogurt brand. It is also inspiring based on the dairy history of the Yoplait brand. Oui is inspired by our traditional French recipe, which is still sold in France today. Yoplait’s French history goes back to 1964, when a group of French farmers founded a dairy cooperative that would later become Yoplait.
“And at O-I, we are very proud that the glass packaging was also key to the concept. Glass is authentic and experiential – as well as inert. A great fit with consumer trends, both in terms of health and sustainability but also in terms of indulgence. This proves that glass can help brands be disruptive on the market.”
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