23 Nov 2017

Food Matters Live is thrilled to announce the winners of its inaugural awards, which celebrate the incredible innovation that continues to shape the future of food and drink.

These outstanding awards recognise the creativity and inventiveness of industry to produce products and ingredients that meet the ever-changing demands and palates of health conscious and trend-hungry consumers.

The winners include enterprising food and drink start-ups, challenger brands and high street names – all eager to gain recognition for their success in innovative product development, ground breaking science and technology, sustainability initiatives, or for packaging design and consumer marketing strategies.

Each received an iconic, unique award - creatively designed around the innovative concept of a taste bud and incorporating the five senses of taste – at a special ceremony hosted by Food Matters Live at London’s ExCeL on 22 November.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “We were incredibly impressed by the standard and quality of entries to our first ever Food Matters Live Awards - there were very strong contenders in each category. While it was a tough choice, we’re pleased to recognise the outstanding achievements of the winners, who can only be described as innovative trailblazers of the food and drink industry.”

The awards reflect the themes at the heart of Food Matters Live, which is the only three-day event that brings together experts from the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, policy makers, nutritionists and healthcare professionals at London’s ExCeL on 21-23 November.

The Awards shine a spotlight on the innovation behind the growth of ever healthier, natural and organic, sustainable and ‘better for you’ food products defining the future food and drink landscape.


The winners of the new Awards are:


Innovative ‘Better for You’ Product of the Year

Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Classic

Hunter & Gather Foods Ltd


Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year

Pomegranate Molasses & Turmeric Raw Kale Chips



Most Innovative Food to Go Product of the Year


Born Tasty Ltd


Best Natural Ingredient for Health and Wellbeing


Van Eeghen Functional Ingredients


Best Functional Ingredient for Health and Wellbeing


OptiBiotix Health Plc


Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Rice Sustainability Initiative

Mars Food UK


Best Food and Drink Process or Technology

evapEOS technology



Innovative Packaging Design of the Year

Heat & Eat

Fairfields Farm Produce Ltd


Marketing Campaign of the Year

The Great Fruit and Veg Adventure

The Great Fruit and Veg Adventure


New Food and Drink Product of the Year

I Sea Wraps



Rosemary Water – sparkling variant

Rosemary Water