22 Nov 2018

Food Matters Live is delighted to announce the winners of its prestigious Awards which celebrate the innovators reshaping food and drink.

Now in their second year, the Awards recognise successes in a range of areas, from innovative product development and ground-breaking science and technology through to healthy eating initiatives and sustainable practices.

From grain-based pasta for those on a gluten-free diet to a healthy-eating app for school children, the winners reflect the boom in nutritious and environmentally friendly products, as well as trends towards vegan and free-from foods.

A judging panel of 24 food and drink industry experts included FoodsMatter editor Michelle Berriedale- Johnson, A Plastic Planet packaging advisor Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Kallo Foods' Hayley Murgett, Foodscape Group founder Dr Rachel Cheatham, Cotwold Fayre chief executive Paul Hargreaves, Speciality Food Magazine editor Holly Shackleton and Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising chief executive Chris Griffin.

They each 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: "Congratulations to the winners in each category, who impressed the judges with their distinctive, innovative approaches, which challenged the status quo and really made a mark in their separate competitive categories.

"We were delighted with the number of high quality participants in the second edition of the Food Matters Live Awards, reflecting the breadth of innovation across the food and drink industry meeting consumer demand for healthy, better-for-you food and drink."

Winners received an iconic award, creatively designed around the innovative concept of a taste bud.

Food Matters Live brought together thousands of visitors from across the global food and drink industry at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 November.

The Winners:

Innovative Better-for-You Product of the Year         

Winner:

100% White Teff - Fusilli Pasta

Lovegrass Ethiopia

Highly commended:

Seaweed Rice Crisps

Daon Food Co Ltd

 

Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year          

Winner:

Sparkling Tea BLÅ

Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company

 

Winner:

Aquafaba Mayo

Rubies in the Rubble

 

Highly commended:

Cashew Camemberti

Kool Organics

 

Innovative Food-to-Go Product of the Year    

Winner:

Gigi Gelato

GiGi Holding B.V

 

Highly commended:

nucao

nu organics GmbH

 

Best Better-for-You Ingredient of the Year

Winner:

TRITORDEUM

AGRASYS SL

 

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

Winner:

Fermentino Soft       

Casa del Fermentino

 

Best Functional Ingredient of the Year

Winner:

FORTIBONE®

Gelita UK Ltd

 

Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Winner:

Scaling Food Waste Prevention through Measurement and Data

LeanPath UK

 

Best Healthy Eating Initiative - Sponsored by Yili

Winner:

Veggie Run

HES Catering Services

 

Best Food Tech Innovation of the Year

Winner:

Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel

Tetra Pak

 

Highly commended:

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

3F BIO Ltd

 

Best New Ingredient of the Year

Winner:

Novofarina Gluten Free Crumb

Novo Farina Ltd

 

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

Winner:

Oumph! Kebab Spiced

Food for Progress

 

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

Winner:

TEA REX - Lemon Ginger Turmeric Lemongrass

TEA REX

 

Highly commended:

Snoooze - Natural Sleep Drink

Snoooze

 

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