15 Oct 2018

Food Matters Live is delighted to announce the shortlist for its prestigious Awards - which celebrate the inspiring innovation and creativity shaping the future of food and drink.

Now in their second year, the Awards recognise innovative food and drink companies' successes in a range of areas, from innovative product development, ground-breaking science and technology, through to healthy eating initiatives and sustainable practices that can have a far-reaching impact.

The Awards reflect the themes at the heart of Food Matters Live, which brings together the global community changing the future of food and drink over three days at London’s ExCeL on 20-22 November.

A judging panel of 24 experts from across the food and drink industry took part in a rigorous process involving full product assessment and tastings, sparking lively debate across all the categories.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome so many entrants of such high quality to the second edition of these Awards from Food Matters Live. The entries reflect the breadth of innovation that is happening across the food and drink industry in the quest to meet consumer demand for healthy, better-for-you food and drink.

"Congratulations to all the finalists who have been nominated by the judges in recognition of their distinctive and innovative approach.”

The winners will be announced on 21 November at 16:45 in the conference theatre at Food Matters Live.

Each will receive an iconic award, creatively designed around the innovative concept of a taste bud.

The Finalists:

Innovative Better-for-You Product of the Year

Energy Ball Recipe Kits
Energy Ball Recipes

EON | Pine Honey with dark choco
Eclectic Flavours P.C.

100% White Teff - Fusilli Pasta
Lovegrass Ethiopia

Drink Muesli
Huegli

Snoooze - Natural Sleep Drink
Snoooze

Yomega3 Greek Style Frozen Yogurt
Ice Cream Treats

Seaweed Rice Crisps
Daon Food Co Ltd

Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year

Aquafaba Mayo
Rubies in the Rubble

Cashew Camemberti
Kool Organics

Raw Gorilla Breakfasts
Raw Gorilla

Sparkling Tea BLÅ
Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company

PLAYin CHOC kids
PLAYIN CHOC LTD

Innovative Food-to-Go Product of the Year

Lotus Bites
Yumtaz Ltd

JUNIUS
Junius Health Limited

nucao
nu organics GmbH

Gigi Gelato
GiGi Holding B.V

NüDEST Banana, Honey and Oats Snack Pouch
NüDEST FOODS LTD

Tea-Pop
Tea Pop Ltd.

5-a-day Pots
The Plantifull Food Co.

Best Better-for-You Ingredient of the Year

XIA POWDER-125
BENEXIA

GanedenBC30®
Kerry

PRO-KIDO Jinghu
Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Limited by Share Ltd

TRITORDEUM
AGRASYS SL

ModCarb®
Futureceuticals VDF

Erythritol
NKD Living

Best Natural Ingredient of the Year – Sponsored by Food and Drink Wales

Fermentino Soft
Casa del Fermentino

Haskap
Soloberry

TruServ®
vaneeghen – Futureceuticals
EON | Pine honey with tahini wholegrain
Eclectic Flavours P.C.

NextDext
BIOerg. S.r.l.

Best Functional Ingredient of the Year

FORTIBONE®
Gelita UK Ltd

K2VITAL®DELTA vitamin K2 MK-7
Kappa Bioscience

LPLDL®
OptiBiotix Health Plc

Peptan® IIm
Rousselot

Wellmune®
Kerry

Astragin
i-ingredients Ltd / NuLiv Science

SenseFi®
Healy Group

Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Janet Sawyer BEM
LittlePod Ltd

The Chocolate Dream
Luker Chocolate

ALOHAS ECO-Center
ALOHAS FOUNDATION

Scaling Food Waste Prevention through Measurement and Data
LeanPath UK

Forward Food
Humane Society International UK

Creating a Sustainable Protein - Making More With Less
3F BIO Ltd

From Coca to Cocoa
CHOCOLERO

Best Healthy Eating Initiative - Sponsored by Yili

Nudge Nudge
Chartwells, Compass Group

Veggie Run
HES Catering Services

Your 5Ks
High Mood Food

In The Buff
Hennicks

Best Food Tech Innovation of the Year

Foodmaestro Open Label Platform
Foodmaestro

Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel
Tetra Pak

Dr Heff's Remarkable Mints
Dr Heff's Products Ltd

3F BIO - Making Sustainable Protein by Making More with Less
3F BIO Ltd

Good Hemp Unsweetened Chilled Drink
Braham & Murray

Best New Ingredient of the Year

IFF Fermented style flavours
International Flavours and Fragrances (GB) Ltd

novofarina
Novo Farina Ltd

novofarina Gluten Free Crumb
Novo Farina Ltd

Fermentino soft
Casa del Fermentino

Best New Food Product of the Year – Sponsored by Tesco Food Academy

Roasted Fava Beans
The Happy Snack Company

Pulled Oumph!
Food for Progress

Oumph! Kebab Spiced
Food for Progress

Tom Pom Food
Tom Pom Food

Eatlean Protein Cheese
Joseph Heler Ltd

EON | Pine Honey with Dark Choco
Eclectic Flavours P.C.

Best New Drink Product of the Year – Sponsored by No1 Rosemary Water

OVine
Wine Water LTD

Fix8 Kombucha
Fix8

DBOOST Drinks
DBOOST Drinks Ltd

AWAKE
Luhv Drinks

TEA REX - Lemon Ginger Turmeric Lemongrass
TEA REX

Snoooze - Natural Sleep Drink
Snoooze

Shortlisted entries will be featured on the Food Matters Live website and receive additional promotion and press coverage via the Food Matters Live marketing campaign and via the Awards media partner Speciality Food Magazine.

Winners will also be promoted in the Food Matters Live Awards Showcase within the exhibition, as well as via Food Matters Live social media channels and on the Food Matters Live website after the event.