There was no shortage of innovation and innovative food products at this year’s SIAL 2018, held in Paris 21-25 October. As proof of this, over 2300 companies entered their products in the race to be selected for food innovation by a jury of experts.
“With a 10% rise in the number of new products presented for the SIAL Innovation Awards, there is no stemming the flow of agri-food innovations, whether targeting manufacturers, retailers or, of course, consumers,” said Nicolas Trentesaux – Managing Director of SIAL Network.
Following a first selection conducted by XTC world innovation, 801 finalists were short-listed in three categories: product sectors, purchaser target sectors, and Intermediate Products & Ingredients and E&T sectors. Of these 15 selections were deemed prize-worthy and were presented during a ceremony held October 22.
“Worldwide, the agri-food industry is striving to adapt to the appetites of a new generation hankering for fresher, healthier food, by developing new products and new ingredients that will soon be making their way to the store shelves and the dining table. This edition of SIAL 2018 marked the big comeback of taste: tastes that are new and powerful, to bring new “pleasure experiences” to consumers. Also – and above all: natural tastes. “True”, authentic products, playing the transparency card so as to reassure consumers who are increasingly conscious of food risks. These are innovations that carry meaning: for yourself, for others, for the planet!” said the director of SIAL.
More details about SIAL will be available in an extended feature included in our November-December print issue.