The judging panel for the World Food Innovation Awards 2022, in association with IFE, International Food & Drink Event, has now been announced.
This year’s panel includes recognised and reputable names from across the global food industry and between them, they will be responsible for deciding the winners of the World Food Innovation Awards, taking place in March 2022.
There are 25 trophies to be won in total, and being shortlisted provides a hallmark of success that will prevail long after the awards draw to a close. To find out more information, including how to enter, click here.
A full list of the 2022 judges can be seen below.
Food Science & Product Manager, JourneyFoods
Chloe Anderson is an international food scientist and product manager, driven by solving complex food issues. She empowers food companies with tools to deliver consumer focused products and experiences.
Food scientist by training, problem-solver and team player by character. Chloe has co-created 15+ food innovation projects for local and international food companies. At 22, she started her first food company after receiving the 2015 food innovation award at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Chloe is currently supporting a team of engineers and data scientists to develop a recommendation tool for food innovation teams.
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Co-founder & Head of Operations, Mission Ventures
At Mission Ventures, Louis Bedwell leads the Good Food Fund and the soon to launch Venture Studio.
With over 80 years of industry experience, the Mission Ventures team is the trusted partner for some of the industry’s leading brands and impact investors. These include Warburtons, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Big Society Capital. Over the past five years, Mission Ventures have launched over 100 brands into the UK market.
Before Mission Ventures, Louis was community manager at Bathtub 2 Boardroom and, alongside Mission Ventures CEO Paddy Willis, built the incubator into one of London’s most respected centres for start-up support.
Louis uses this start-up network to ensure that Mission Ventures are always on top of key trends, developments and innovations within the market.
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Stefania Pérez Beltrán
New Categories Manager, Team Foods
Stefania Pérez Beltrán, a gastronomy and marketing expert, works and lives in Bogotá, Colombia. She’s passionate about food innovation, culture, consumers and the food industry environment.
Stefania attended Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá for her professional Gastronomy degree, and also attended the CESA/ESIC Business School in Madrid, Spain for her Marketing master’s degree.
During her professional career, she worked with the largest dairy company in Colombia (Alpina) in R&D and Marketing & Innovation areas, understanding consumer needs and creating the best product alternatives. Stefania developed and designed the innovation and product process for the largest Fast Food chain in Colombia (Corral-Grupo Nutresa). Today, she is working with the Alianza Team working as New Categories Manager.
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Fresh Food Buyer, Selfridges
Adrian Boswell, a fishmonger by trade, has held down roles as a Retail Admin Assistant, Allocator, and Merchandiser before moving into the world of Buying.
Prior to his current role as a Senior Food Buyer, Adrian worked his way up through the ranks as a Buyers Admin and Assistant Buyer. Here he has spent the last 20 years gaining experience in premium fresh food retail.
Adrian has extensive knowledge of the different food areas, including cheese, deli, fresh fish, smoked fish, caviar, truffle, meat & poultry, F&V and more recently Health & Wellbeing.
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Event Director, IFE and IFE Manufacturing
Philippa has worked with food and drink companies for over 20 years, helping them understand how to grow their businesses through trade shows. She has worked with large export groups, government associations and launched food and drink events all over the world.
She is passionate about communicating the value of events as a key cog within any sales, marketing and communications strategy, and is dedicated to helping companies successfully increase revenue and brand engagement through the power of live events.
A passionate foodie, and always interested in the latest food and drink innovations and trends, she is delighted her work within the sector has allowed her to sit on prestigious food awards panels, such as British Charcuterie Awards, Academy of Chocolate, Great Taste Awards and the Free From Food Awards. She is also an Ambassador for the Virtual Cheese Awards. As Event Director on IFE, she couldn’t think of a better partner than the World Food Innovation Awards, to help support and showcase the best of our dynamic food and drink industry.
Click here to view Philippa’s LinkedIn profile
Brand Strategy and Packaging Design Professor, NABA
Silvia has a BSc degree in Food Science and Technology, to operate in the sector of production and distribution of food and drinks, working on the constant improvement of products. She graduated in Food Innovation and Product Design with a second level international MSc degree.
Silvia is a product R&D engineer with years of experience in the agro-food and packaging design sector. She’s currently a brand strategy and packaging design professor in NABA – Milan, having previously worked with Seeds&Chips, the food innovation global summit, building awareness about the importance of implementing innovation in the food supply chain.
Silvia has been a part of numerous judging panels that included new proposals for food business, products, sustainability, material and technologies for packaging design. She is a keen observer of new ideas from across the packaging and food value chain, learning insights on major sustainability topics.
Click here to view Silvia’s LinkedIn profile
Culinary Creator & Advisor, NoRecipes
Marc Matsumoto is a chef and food & beverage consultant based in Tokyo, Japan. Working at the intersection of food, media, and marketing, he leverages his experience and network to help global F&B brands enter the Japanese market while working with Japanese F&B brands to reach product-market fit abroad.
When he’s not developing new opportunities for his clients, Marc hosts Bento Expo on NHK World, introducing the world to the delightful art of Japanese bento box lunches. He also publishes the food blog and YouTube channel NoRecipes, where he teaches everyday cooks how to elevate their meals using easy-to-follow recipes that focus on the why behind basic cooking techniques, not just the how.
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Industry Manager – Food and Nutrition, Euromonitor
María is a Global Industry Manager at Euromonitor International with a focus on Food and Nutrition. Based in London, she has more than nine years of experience in the industry.
María drives the content and quality of Euromonitor’s global food industry research, provides global expertise and forward-thinking insights and identifies latest product developments and key market trends.
María advises clients on food and nutrition trends and has a special interest in the dairy industry, plant-based eating and health and wellness trends. She holds a PhD in Nutrition from Complutense University, Spain.
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Founder & Principal, Grounded, Etc.
Morgan Oliveira is the founder and principal of Grounded, Etc., a consultancy specialising in helping food & health tech startups in a number of ways, including business development, communications, strategy, and more. She has worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including TiNDLE, Apeel Sciences, sweetgreen, Calm.com, amongst others.
Prior to Grounded, Morgan was the first employee and Director of Communications at Hampton Creek (now Eat JUST), a food technology company that is currently valued at over $1B. It was here that Morgan worked to spread the company’s story and mission to the press and public, and was the driver behind the press during the Unilever lawsuit and the famed “Mayo Wars” of 2014. She was named in the Business Insider list of Top 50 Best PR People in the Tech Industry for 2014.
Morgan comes from a background in food, having worked at one of the first meal delivery companies, a startup in Los Angeles, where she helped it quadruple its business in only a year’s time. Morgan is now based in NYC having spent over seven years living in LA and San Francisco. When she’s not working, she enjoys running, spinning, and has love for all karaoke bars, big and small.
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Food Technologist, Veggie Crisp
Mieke completed her BSc Consumer Science degree at the North West University in 2016, whereafter she obtained her Honours in Consumer Science through UNISA in 2017. She is currently working as a Food Technologist in the snacks industry in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where she manages all technical aspects of the production facility, from procurement to dispatch.
Mieke’s main interest is new product development, but she has extensive experience in food safety and quality systems, among other things. She loves working in the food industry and is excited about all the upcoming developments in the field. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, scuba diving, travelling, cooking, and baking delicious desserts.
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Assistant editor, FoodBev Media
Rafaela is the assistant editor at FoodBev Media and Refreshment magazine, a publication that focuses on the water, coffee and vending industries. Rafaela enjoys keeping up to date with the latest trends and developments in the food and beverage sector, particularly plant-based and functional applications.
From bakery to botanicals, plant-based to packaging, functional foods to flavours, Rafaela has written about it all! She is excited to see products that fall within the flexitarian category, as well as seafood alternatives and upcycled produce.
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Head of Innovation & Partnerships, NX-Food
Clément has more than seven years experience in the startup ecosystem from startup perspective as a co-founder and corporate perspective as co-initiator of NX-Food. He specialises in the implementation of innovation processes, sustainable new food concepts and product innovations as well as initialising and executing corporate venturing activities.
NX-Food GmbH is a METRO AG company that focuses on innovative solutions and technologies in the food industry. With strategic cooperations and a network of founders, restaurateurs, investors, industrial and scientific partners, we scout, develop, validate and implement new food solutions and concepts.
Before joining METRO, Clément was a partner at YOMARO GmbH, a system gastronomy startup, overseeing expansion and finance. Clément studied economics at the University of Cologne.
Click here to view Clement’s LinkedIn profile
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