Recipients of this year’s Fi Europe Innovation Awards and the Startup Innovation Challenge winners have been announced, following on from a special ceremony which was held during Fi Europe 2022 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on 6 December 2022.
The winners were chosen by a judging panel in recognition of their contributions to the food and beverage ingredients industry.
“Over the years Fi Europe has provided the industry with a platform to discover new alternatives and find solutions to overcome challenges. Once again, the quality of entries to the Fi Europe Innovation Awards and the Startup Innovation Challenge was exceptionally high,” commented Julien Bonvallet, Group Brand Director at Informa Markets. “This clearly shows that even – or especially – in challenging times, the ingredients industry continues to be both resilient and innovative, always findings ways to adapt to current market needs and driving initiatives that will shape a more sustainable food industry in the longer term.”
Mr Bonvallet presented the Fi Europe Innovation Awards alongside Chair of the judging panel Professor Colin Dennis and other members of the Informa Markets management team to this year’s winners. Winners included ofi, of the Sustainability Innovation Award for its Cocoa Compass project; Ingredion for its Women in Ingredion Business Resource Group won the Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award; Bunge won the Plant-based Innovation Award for its pea and faba protein; and the Health Innovation Award was given to Limagrain for its LifyWheat flour, a multipurpose functional ingredient.
“Our R&D applications team used proprietary technologies and faba beans to extract the right plant proteins,” said Mark Stavro, Senior Director Product Marketing at Bunge. “These proteins mimic casein, delivering a typical cheese-like melt and eating experience to plant-based cheese.”
“I am thrilled and privileged to have been able to accept the Diversity & Inclusion Innovation award, and to be representing the EMEA chapter of our Women of Ingredion Business Resource Group,” said Virginia Clifford, Technical Service Manager Savoury at Ingredion. “This will mean so much to our members and allies as they all work hard to progress our objectives of levelling up for women in business.”
Winners of the Startup Innovation Challenge are Kern-Trec for Most Innovative Food or Beverage Ingredient; Brevel for Most Innovative Plant-Based or Alternative Ingredient; Vanilla Vida for Most Innovative Processing Technology; Bio2Coat for Most Innovative Service, Technology or Digital Solution, and for Most Innovative Sustainable Solution.
Fi Europe ends in Paris today and the online version will continue to run until 23 December 2022.
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