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World Food Innovation Awards 2023: Winners announced

After much waiting and anticipation, the 2023 World Food Innovation Awards winners have finally been announced. The awards ceremony at IFE was a success, 21 winners have been selected from the hundreds that entered. This year we are celebrating the commended as our 3rd place entries, finalists as our 2nd place entries and the overall winner of each category.

Dan Bunt, marketing manager:“this year we chose to recognise more companies in our shortlist than any previous year, allowing companies to have a 3-tier outcome. The awards ceremony at IFE celebrated the hard work of the companies and individuals and created a space to further network and develop. I look forward to seeing the success of all the entered companies in the future.” The awards are a highly anticipated event in the food and beverage industry, recognizing the world's top inventors and pioneers. This year, the competition was immense, as the companies, products and innovations were incredibly diverse. Thank you for being part of the World Food Innovation Awards!

Please find the full shortlist below.

Artisan product

WINNER AraBello® Ltd - Peanut Marble – it’s simply magic®FINALIST Aldi US - Emporium Selection Hot Honey Gouda FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Cute Star Natural DHA Pure Milk FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Yili Cute Star Lactoferrin Pure Milk COMMENDED Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Satine Active Lactoferrin Organic Pure Milk


Children’s/baby product WINNER Little Dish – Little Dish fresh kids’ meals FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd – Yili Cute Star Lactoferrin Pure Milk FINALIST For Aisha Ltd – For Aisha Oaty bar Broccoli & Apple 5x25g FINALIST Good4U – Nutri Balls Strawberry


Snack product WINNER BiteMe Nutrition - BiteMe Protein Cookie FINALIST Daily Crunch Snacks - Daily Crunch Nashville Hot Sprouted Almonds FINALIST Franui - Franui FINALIST Truede Limited - 6 x 30g Peng Assorted Savoury (BBQ, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Chilli Nacho Flavour) Roasted Chickpeas Snacks FINALIST Issei - Issei Mochi Gummies - Mango COMMENDED Grace Foods UK - Grace Exotic Chips COMMENDED The Original Chicken Crackling - Chicken Crackling

Low or no product

WINNER Buddee - Buddee Chocolate Spread

FINALIST Rice in Action - SlowCarb Rice FINALIST Barry Callebaut - Second generation chocolate FINALIST Jnck Bakery - Milky Chocolate Cookie FINALIST Nanyang Polytechnic - KuMayya Sweet Potato Milk

COMMENDED Juicy River - Bolle Oro COMMENDED Landbase / CHOCDAY - Dark Premium COMMENDED T-cket - Ticket Saffron Enriched Beer Natural/organic product WINNER Aldi US - Simply Nature Keto Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters FINALIST Barry Callebaut - Second generation chocolate FINALIST Four Sigmatic - Four Sigmatic Think Organic Creamer FINALIST Four Sigmatic - Sweet Vanilla Organic Plant-Based Protein COMMENDED RISE Brewing Co. - Salted Caramel Nitro Cold Brew Oat Milk Latte


Dairy product WINNER Biotiful - Kefir Protein Choco-lite FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - AMBROSIAL Youqier FINALIST Hyproca Nutrition Co., Ltd - Kabrita YingJia Yingxin Goat Milk Formula FINALIST Strive Nutrition Corp - Strive FREEMILK, Whole & Chocolate FINALIST YILI/SHUHUA MILK - Shuhua Sugar Control Lactose-free Milk COMMENDED Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Cute Star Natural DHA Pure Milk


Plant-based product WINNER MyForest Foods - MyBacon FINALIST Aldi US - Simply Nature Chickpea Penne FINALIST Be Better My Friend - Be Better plant-butter FINALIST Beyond Meat - Beyond Tenders FINALIST Bravura Foods Ltd/ Free From Fellows - Free From Fellows Strawberry Vegan Mallows FINALIST Biotiful - Oat Kefir Yor-gut Cherry FINALIST Cathedral City - Cathedral City Plant Based FINALIST Dole Food Company - DOLE(r) Sheet Pan Meal Starter Kits FINALIST Forest Feast - NUTM!LK CHOCOCORN FINALIST GOE Wellness - Healthfullicious'ly - Creamy plant-based hemp drink FINALIST Issei - Issei Mochi Gummies - Mango FINALIST LoveRaw - Nutty Choc Balls FINALIST Lypid - Pork Belly FINALIST SOAK'd OATS - High Fibre Probiotic Oat Bars FINALIST Strong Roots - Strong Roots Good Made Easy Entrees FINALIST Verdino Green Foods / the Unfished brand - PlantZalmon Smoked Slices COMMENDED Extraordinary Foods / Pimp My Salad - Coconut Bacon COMMENDED Impossible Foods™ - Impossible™ Spicy Chicken Nuggets Made From Plants COMMENDED Mind Blown™ by The Plant Based Seafood Co. - Mind Blown™ Crab Cakes COMMENDED The Vegetarian Butcher - vegan Happy Go Glucky Burger COMMENDED ST MICHEL PROFESSIONNEL - Vegan madeleine COMMENDED Wicked Kitchen - The Saucy Motz Pizza


Chilled/frozen product WINNER Franui - Franui FINALIST COCORICO ORIGINAL - COCOBAKED - BAKED CHICKEN WINGS FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Xujinhuan Cheese Flavored Ice cream FINALIST Jnck Bakery - Milky Chocolate Cookie


Meat/poultry product WINNER The Original Chicken Crackling - Chicken Crackling FINALIST COCORICO ORIGINAL - COCORICI CLASSIC


Seafood product WINNER Responsible Foods, ehf - Næra (TM) Snacks- Fish Jerky Crunch FINALIST Nanyang Polytechnic - Crispy Fish YT FINALIST TRATA - SalmonPocket smoked salmon fillet pieces in vegetable oil


Functional product WINNER Damazonia Teas - Sleep Tea FINALIST ió fibrewater - ió fibrewater Lemon & Lime FINALIST Four Sigmatic - Sweet Vanilla Organic Plant-Based Protein FINALIST FHIRST - FHIRST LIVING SODA FINALIST TCI Co., Ltd. - Soba!™ Buckwheat Husk Extract FINALIST Rice in Action - NutriRice Plus COMMENDED Energy One - Energy One Lite COMMENDED Jnck Bakery - Milky Chocolate Cookie COMMENDED TRIP - TRIP lightly sparkling CBD infused drinks



Drink innovation WINNER ió fibrewater - ió fibrewater Lemon & Lime FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Changyi 100% Lactic Acid Bacteria Drink FINALIST FHIRST - FHIRST LIVING SODA FINALIST KISSD - KISSD WATER CUCUMBER FINALIST Strive Nutrition Corp - Strive FREEMILK, Whole & Chocolate COMMENDED KISSD - KISSD WATER COCONUT




Food innovation WINNER Fermenti - Fermented Fruit Bites

FINALIST Aldi US - Season's Choice Breaded Buffalo Cauliflower FINALIST Barry Callebaut - Second generation chocolate FINALIST Little Dish - Little Dish Fresh Kids' Meals FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - AMBROSIAL Youqier FINALIST SRSLY Low Carb - SRSLY Low Carb Pizza FINALIST VEGEMITE - Gluten Free VEGEMITE COMMENDED THIS™ - THIS™ Isn't Streaky Bacon Rashers COMMENDED Takul Halal Kitchen (Part of Stonehouse Foods Ltd) - Takul Halal Kitchen COMMENDED Responsible Foods, ehf - Næra™ Snacks Skyr Crunch COMMENDED ACCRO - 100% plant-based burger






Ingredient innovation WINNER Lypid - PhytoFat FINALIST Barry Callebaut - Second generation chocolate FINALIST DSM - Vertis™ Textured Pea Canola Protein FINALIST GNT Group - EXBERRY® Compound Red FINALIST Meeat Food Tech - MUU Fermented Fava Beans COMMENDED GOE Wellness - Healthfullicious'ly - Creamy plant-based hemp drink


Health innovation WINNER Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - N-ICE Cream (Nottingham High Protein Vanilla Ice Cream, fortified with additional leucine and vitamin D) FINALIST BIOHM - Super Kids FINALIST ió fibrewater - ió fibrewater Lemon & Lime FINALIST TCI Co., Ltd. - Banana Flower Stamens Extract FINALIST Landbase / CHOCDAY - Dark Premium FINALIST Merlyn Health Foods - Omega 3,6,9 Ex COMMENDED Impossible Foods - Impossible™ Beef Lite Made From Plants COMMENDED Jnck Bakery - Milky Chocolate Cookie






Technology innovation WINNER Haus Holdings - Döner / Shawarma Robotic Kebab Machine Cutters FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Yili Cute Star Lactoferrin Pure Milk FINALIST Lypid - Pork Belly FINALIST THIS™ - THIS™ Isn't Streaky Bacon Rashers FINALIST YILI/SHUHUA MILK - Shuhua Sugar Control Lactose-free Milk


Marketing campaign WINNER Dole Food Company - Dole Healthy Heroes, Assemble! FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - AMBROSIAL Environmental Protection marketing campaign FINALIST Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Ambrosial Regional Marketing For Rural Revitalization COMMENDED Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - AMBROSIAL 2022 Chinese New Year ‘Tiger for Chinese Style’marketing campaign


New/start-up business WINNER Meeat Food Tech - Meeat Food Tech FINALIST AraBello® Ltd - Peanut Marble – it’s simply magic® FINALIST Lime Caviar Ltd - Lime Caviar FINALIST SOAK'd OATS - High Fibre Probiotic Oat Bars COMMENDED Franui - Franui COMMENDED Issei - Issei Mochi Gummies - Mango






Packaging design WINNER Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd - Satine No Printing No Ink Environmental-friendly Edition FINALIST Alzamora Group - Oil Premium Pack FINALIST Graphic Packaging International - McDonald’s hexagonal salad box FINALIST Graphic Packaging International - Dogfish Head Hoppy Variety Pack Scratch’n’Sniff FINALIST Graphic Packaging International - Mars Malteser Giant Easter Egg Carton FINALIST Graphic Packaging International - ProducePack™ Punnet tray for Smithy Mushrooms FINALIST Graphic Packaging International - Keelings Blueberry Carton FINALIST KISSD - KISSD WATER FINALIST Meeat Food Tech - MUU COMMENDED Graphic Packaging International - Boardio™ for Perfetti Van Melle Mentos gum bottle COMMENDED Product Ventures - Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts COMMENDED Beatson Clark - Bespoke glass packaging for BOL Power Shakes COMMENDED Graphic Packaging International - KeelClip™ for Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages



CSR/sustainability initiative WINNER Strong Roots - Carbon Footprint Labeling and Initiatives FINALIST Brownes Dairy - Recycled Ocean Bound Plastic Yoghurt Tubs FINALIST Meadow - Sustainability initiative FINALIST ofi (olam food ingredients) - Cocoa Agroforestry Restoration in Pará, Brazil COMMENDED TCI Co., Ltd. - Establish Sustainability DNA from the Inside Out COMMENDED KISSD - KISSD WATER



Foodservice initiative WINNER Quorn Professionals - Carbono Cero, a delicious carbon neutral solutions FINALIST Rice in Action - Instant Flavored Rice Solution FINALIST The Original Chicken Crackling - Chicken Crackling

About the World Food Innovation Awards

The World Food Innovation Awards, in association with IFE, are a celebration of innovation and excellence across every category of the global food industry. These awards are a fantastic way to enhance your brand and ensure it gains global recognition.

Being successfully shortlisted provides a hallmark of success that will prevail long after the awards ceremony and can highlight the contribution your company is making to the food industry.


About FoodBev Media

Established in 2000, FoodBev Media is the food and beverage industry’s leading media and communication business. With a portfolio of international magazines, the website foodbev.com and the industry’s largest social media network, FoodBev Media ensures you are continuously kept up to date with the latest trends and innovations. Since 2003, FoodBev Media has gained a reputation for organising successful international awards schemes in the food, beverage and dairy industries.

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