Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 show organizer Informa Markets announced the winners of the Fi Europe Innovation Awards and the Startup Innovation Challenge for their groundbreaking offerings during virtual award ceremonies held on December 1-2. Plant-based and alternative ingredients took center stage in both awards, with winners presenting solutions for healthier plant proteins, fungal-derived food colorants, and edible coatings for fruit and vegetables, among many other cutting-edge innovations.
Due to the current situation, the pitches of the participating startups, the jury evaluations, and awards ceremonies all took place virtually. More than 1,500 participants of Fi Europe CONNECT followed the award ceremonies live online, as well as the on-demand startup pitches. “This shows not only the standing of the Awards and the Challenge but also that innovation is crucial, especially in times of crisis. After all, it is proof of how resilient the food and beverage industry has proven to be in recent months,” Brand Director Julien Bonvallet said.
The winners of the Fi Europe Innovation Awards 2020 are:
Food Tech Innovation Award (this award recognizes an organization or company that has submitted an innovative technical processing /manufacturing /packaging /waste reduction solution or service for food ingredients or finished products): NETZSCH Trockenmahltechnik GmbH (Germany);
Ingredient Innovation Award (this award recognizes an organization or company that has submitted the best ingredient or process in terms of sensory and physical properties or application costs): ADM (Switzerland);
Sustainability Innovation Award (this award recognizes an organization or company for a measurable supply chain strategy that champions environmental, economic, or socially sustainable practices in the F&B industry). In this category, the jury awarded a High Commendation to both finalists: Olam International Ltd (UK) and Solercool Technologies LLC (USA).
The winners of the Startup Innovation Challenge 2020 are:
Most Innovative Food or Beverage Ingredient (this category recognizes innovations related to food and beverage ingredients or additives from an animal/plant/alternative source): Michroma (Argentina/ USA);
Most Innovative Processing Technology (this category recognizes innovations related to food processing technologies that have the potential to positively impact the F&B industry): Sufresca (Israel);
Most Innovative Service or Technology Supporting F&B (this category recognizes innovations that support improvements in ingredients sourcing and production, food safety, traceability, transparency, or supply chain management): Enyzmit (Israel).