As SIAL Paris was postponed to October 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIAL Innovation jury gathered on October 19 to determine the 17 Awards winners.
The 2020 Gold medal was awarded to Bocon’s Vegetable Gnocchi, for “Their convenience and high proportion of vegetables.” The product, which will be available in July 2021, is prepared in Italy and represents a great source of fibers, also being low in salt. Le traiteur des Flandres (France) took home Silver for their Bite-sized Cocktail Waffles filled with Maroilles. “The indulgent, traditional recipe to serve as a cocktail bite or salad topping” was the jury’s reasoning for selection. The product is available since September. Last but not least, the Bronze medal was awarded to TooGood’s Chewing Gum for “The biodegradable aspect of the chewing gum.” The product was launched in January of this year.
Aside from the three top prizes, each award has been given to a product that the jury unanimously acclaims among the following categories: Well-being and Organic, Drinks, Grocery and Bread-making, Fruits and Vegetables, Dairy Products, Alternative Foods, Frozen Foods, Fresh Foods, and Prepared Dishes and Snacks. Six special prizes were also awarded: Restaurant, Packaging and Wrapping, Start-up (new in 2020), Intermediary Food Products, Equipment Technology, and the Special Jury Prize. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are also awarded.
All the products that gained the jury’s approval clearly demonstrate the intention on the part of food industrials to offer consumers products that address their deep-seated appetite for change. Through a partnership with Protéines XTC, SIAL Innovation has been a food trend and innovation observatory since 1996. Each edition is an eagerly awaited event, both by exhibitors and consumers, since it constitutes an exceptional showcase for current and upcoming food trends and innovations on an international scale, SIAL representatives point out.
“SIAL Innovation is central to the DNA of the SIAL Network. It is an important benchmark for all food industry professionals, and we consider that it is important to pursue the SIAL Innovation Awards despite this peculiar period,” Nicolas Trentesaux, CEO of SIAL Global Network said. “The 2020 prizes are awarded to products that emphasize social and environmental commitment, simplicity, enjoyment, and authenticity; and that are representative of the trends revealed by the studies we have performed. These indicate that 25% of consumers have changed their purchasing behavior, and that nearly 70% affirm being prepared to do so.”