The judges (To be announced)

Our judging panel of seasoned industry experts will carefully review each submission against the judging criteria. After much deliberation, they choose their top five in each category. Scores are collated to reveal the winners and finalists in each category!

Our awards are based on innovation, therefore all entries will be judged based on the concept of their product as opposed to taste. All judges will be basing their scores against the entrants 200-word description they upload alongside their supporting imagery and documentation. This is to ensure that all judging is fair and that all judging is based on exactly what the entrant has supplied.

The judging will take place 2 weeks after the entry deadline.
Due to the sheer amount of entries, we will only be notifying entrants that have been shortlisted and will contact them no later than February 2019. If you do not hear from us by this time then, unfortunately, it means you have not been shortlisted.

Amir Zaidman
Vice-president, business development, The Kitchen Hub

Amir is the vice-president of business development at The Kitchen Hub, a FoodTech-focused technology incubator in Israel. Zaidman has close to 20 years of experience in business development and early-stage investments in several technology sectors. In his current position, Zaidman provides business development support to companies, and he is also in charge of deal-sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities. Prior to joining The Kitchen founding team, Zaidman held several executive business development positions in the innovation and tech sectors. 

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Andrew Kuiler
CEO, The Silk Initiative

Andrew is the founder and CEO of The Silk Initiative (TSI), an insights-driven brand consultancy giving food and beverage brands the strategic direction they need to understand, enter and prosper within the Chinese market. With a thorough understanding of Chinese consumers and over 20 years of experience, TSI has worked closely with companies including Campbell’s, PepsiCo, Unilever,General Mills, and more. Combining insight, strategy, innovation, and design, TSI takes a holistic approach with every client engagement to ensure that a brand will thrive.

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Ashanti Bentil-Dhue
Head of community & communications, food business consultant, More Than Carrots, Nourish Yourself

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue is the head of community & communications at More Than Carrots, as well as a food business consultant, food business podcast host and virgin start up mentor. Ashanti left her career in banking to build a global network for women in food and drink. She enjoys connecting women in the food business by hosting networking events for food entrepreneurs and welcoming them into the global Facebook community. Free resources and business tips are also available on her website.

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Bhavi Kanadia
Founder and director,  Jeeva Naturals

Jeeva Naturals is an ethically-aware London based company which supplies hotels, restaurants, bars and retail outlets around the globe with 100% natural & organic food and drink products. As the founder and Director of Jeeva UK Ltd, Bhavi says she is on a mission to promote wellness and transform lives. With an extensive knowledge in the field of naturopathy, nutrition and Ayurveda, she is an avid advocate of conscious living and natural products.

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Dr Ellen de Brabander
Senior vice-president R&D, PepsiCo

Ellen de Brabander joined PepsiCo in 2014 where she is currently the senior vice-president R&D, with the responsibility for global functions and external innovation covering all sectors and all categories. Ellen has worked for 27 years in a variety of industries and has worked as the chief technology officer for Merial, Intervet and DSM. Apart from her roles in industry, she has always been active with academics and with governments, and she is currently interim CEO of the EU food innovation consortium (EIT Food).

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Guillermo Dufranc
Graphic design coordinator, Tridimage

Guillermo works as a graphic design coordinator at branding and graphic design agency Tridimage. He has been working in packaging design for more than 15 years, helping brands establish a recognisable public profile. Guillermo also writes articles about branding and packaging design, which have been published in international magazines and design blogs such as The Dieline, Labels & Labeling (UK) and Package Design Mag (USA) among others. He has been invited as a jury member for several packaging design competitions, such as the FoodBev Awards, A’Design Awards (Italy) and more.

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Lori Hoinkes
Managing director, Fresh Montgomery

Lori Hoinkes is the managing director of Fresh Montgomery, a food, drink & hospitality events business which provides services for Hotelympia, IFE, Speciality & Fine Food Fair and many other high-profile events. Hoinkes has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and spent a large part of her career in the food industry, working for Maple Leaf Foods. Hoinkes’s experience in food manufacturing spans a number of roles, from plant manager to director of manufacturing optimisation, and included both the further processed protein and bakery sides of the business. Lori is passionate about food, people and innovation.

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Michelle Minnaar
Food blogger, Greedy Gourmet

Michelle Minnaar is a food photographer and blogger. Her award-winning blog, Greedy Gourmet, was established in 2007 and regularly publishes easy and approachable recipes from all corners of the world paired with her own food photography. Restaurant, travel and accommodation reviews are also published to inspire readers planning their next trips. She regularly works with brands and PR agencies, keeping on top of the latest food trends, products and services hitting the market.

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Olivera Medjugorac
EU affairs manager, Nestlé

Olivera Medjugorac works as the EU affairs manager in Nestlé’s Corporate Communications and Government Relations Department for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and is based in Brussels. In her current role, she engages in food and nutrition-related legislation developments and explores the role of food innovation in health-related policies. Prior to this position, Olivera led the communication and marketing services department of the Nestlé Adriatic region for ten years. She started her career at T-Mobile Croatia and has close to 20 years of experience in strategic communication and public affairs.

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Steve Osborn
Director and food technology scout, The Aurora Ceres Partnership

Having graduated as an Analytical Chemist, Steve completed a Research Masters on Maillard Reaction Flavours with the University of Reading. This was followed by many years in commercial and technical roles with Nestlé, Northern Foods, Ashbury Confectionery and Leatherhead Food Research, where he became a recognised food industry expert contributing to many international conferences. The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd is a food innovation agency providing innovation management, product development, change management and business support for the global food and beverage industry.

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