Food Training & Education Award (new for 2022): Mane (France) for its Food Development Training with flavourist students at ISIPCA, Paris, and future chefs at the Culinary Arts Academy in Switzerland.
Sustainability Innovation Award: Ofi (Singapore) for Cocoa Compass, a project that provides 100 per cent traceability for cocoa produced across nine countries, and makes sure that farmers earn a living wage, child labour is eliminated and the natural world is protected. Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award: Ingredion (USA) for its Women in Ingredion Business Resource Group. Established in December 2020 to empower women for an equal future, the group now has an inclusive network of members across EMEA, Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.
Plant-based Innovation Award: Bunge (USA) for its PurePro pea and faba proteins. Delivering 2g protein per serving, PurePro can be used to create superior vegan cheeses with improved sensory and nutritional profiles. Sensory Innovation Award: Cargill (USA) for Gerkens Sweety Cocoa Powders, two natural cocoa powders that enable 30 per cent sugar reduction in chocolate drinks, without the need for sweeteners or artificial ingredients.
Health Innovation Award: Limagrain (France) for LifyWheat wheat flour, a multipurpose functional ingredient for bread, pasta and biscuits. High in fibre and resistant starch, LifyWheat helps reduce blood sugar levels after a meal and has a prebiotic effect on gut microbiota. Food Tech Innovation: Sweegen (USA) for its novel bioconversion process for the production of Bestevia Reb M, the first new stevia ingredient produced via a new production technology to be approved for use in the European market by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Startup Innovation Challenge
The winners of the Startup Innovation Challenge are as follows:
• Most Innovative Food or Beverage Ingredient: Kern-Tec
• Most Innovative Plant-Based or Alternative Ingredient: Brevel
• Most Innovative Processing Technology: Vanilla Vida
• Most Innovative Service, Technology or Digital Solution Supporting the F&B Industry: Bio2Coat
• Most Innovative Sustainable Solution: Bio2Coat