20 Nov 2019

From innovative new products, inspiring sustainability campaigns and healthy eating initiatives through to pioneering science and technology, the winners of the prestigious Food Matters Live 2019 Awards have been announced.

The Awards celebrate the very best of the global food and drink sector, and the winners across 14 categories include 3D printed customised vitamins, vegan bacon so good its fooled food critics and an allergy-free chocolate treat box for children

There were a record number of entries from around the world, and the judging panel, including Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of the Sustainable Design Alliance, Wan Mak, head of nutrition and dietetics, Sodexo, and Professor Jayne Woodside, professor of human nutrition, Queen’s University, evaluated each entry.

Food Matters Live director Briony Mansell-Lewis said: “The judges had the tough task of selecting the winners from an exceptional field of innovative healthy products, pioneering public health and sustainability initiatives, and food tech breakthroughs.

“The winners have created some exciting and unique products, developed initiatives which have changed the way we eat and organised campaigns to achieve a sustainable and exciting future for food and drink.”

Birmingham-based Nourished, which uses 3D printing tech to create bespoke tablets for customers containing seven different nutrients, won Best Food Tech Innovation of the Year.

Founder Melissa Snove said the Award recognises the hard work of her entire team:

“I always credit everything that happens, which is positive to the business and the team because, without them, we wouldn’t have been able to do anything. We only launched three weeks ago – this (Award) is absolutely instrumental to our success, and it means a massive pat on the back for months and months of hard work from each and every one of them.”

Cannasa, which produces a range of premium CBD infused botanical drinks, was launched just a year ago and won Best New Drink Product of the Year. Co-founder founder Gregor Pecnik said: “We are amazingly privileged to have won this Award, and at the same time we are very humbled because we have no experience in food and drink, but we managed to achieve this. It is really testimony that with hard work and a little bit of luck, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve.”

HE Stringer won Best Better-for-You Ingredient of the Year with a natural, alcohol-free flavouring. Founder Huw Williams said winning the Award is recognition for the hard work of his team: “We are a very small team only 15 in the business, but we are very creative so to be recognised in these awards is fantastic for the team because they’ve been working for years on innovative solutions very quietly in the background on behalf of customers so now they can step out.”

And PLAYin CHOC ToyChoc Box won Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year with its chocolate allergy-free, sustainable treat box, which has a strong environment message for children. Co-founder Dominic Simler, “It’s very humbling and we are very grateful to have won this Award. To be sat in a room with 500 industry peers – it’s a great feeling. It’s been five years getting here and we’ve worked our socks off and it’s wonderful to be recognised like this - we are so grateful and happy.”

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 19 November at Food Matters Live 2019 at ExCeL London. This unique event, now in its sixth year, brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government, and those working in nutrition and health.

In addition to an extensive exhibition showcasing innovative ingredients and brands and products, Food Matters Live offers a multi-stream education programme featuring hundreds of speakers covering wide-ranging topics – from public health, sustainable diets to the future of better-for-you food and drink.


Innovative Better-for-You Product of the Year


Fabalous Organic Chick Pea Spread - Chocolate with Hazelnuts

Coppola Foods Ltd


Best Nutraceutical Product of the Year





Best New Ingredient of the Year



Van Eeghen


Innovative Packaging Design of the Year



Nupik Flo UK Ltd


Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year


PLAYin CHOC ToyChoc Box



Highly Commended:

Fresh Bee Pollen Polyfloral



Highly Commended:

Tigernut Dairy-free ice cream

Ruby and Grace London


Innovative Food-to-Go Product of the Year


Huel® Ready-to-drink



Highly Commended:




Best New Food Product of the Year


THIS Isn't Bacon rashers



Highly Commended:

Aduna Fonio Ancient Super-Grain



Special Mention:


One Smartfood


Best New Drink Product of the Year


Botanical Rose and Raspberry Lemonade infused with CBD

Cannasa Ltd


Highly Commended:

The Leaf Life

Bravura Foods


Best Better-for-You Ingredient of the Year


Alcohol Sensation natural flavouring analogue

H E Stringer Flavours Ltd


Best Natural Ingredient of the Year





Highly Commended:

KSM-66 Ashwagandha

Ixoreal Biomed Inc


Best Functional Ingredient of the Year


PeptAIde TM



Sustainability Initiative of the Year


Little Freddie pouch recycling scheme

Little Freddie


Highly Commended:

Too Good To Go

Costa Coffee


Best Healthy Eating Initiative


Eat Them To Defeat Them

Veg Power CIC


Best Food Tech Innovation of the Year