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Fi Innovation Awards: The finalists are revealed

Recognising groundbreaking innovations - Fi Global awards innovation prize in eleven categories


Paris/Amsterdam, 24 October 2019: A total of 34 companies made it into the final round of the Fi Innovation Awards. This award honours companies with outstanding solutions, services or ingredients that meet current industry challenges.


The eight-member jury led by Prof. Colin Dennis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IFIS (International Food Information Service) has now announced the shortlisted applications from more than 180 submissions.  After a decisive pitch on the day before Fi Europe, the winners of the eleven categories will be unveiled at a festive ceremony on 3 December.


In recent years, the Fi Innovation Awards have become known as the most prestigious in the industry. In 2019, the number of companies that made it into the final round was almost double that of the previous event. Colin Dennis says: "This year we not only had a record number of entries, but also the quality of the entries was above average. That’s why we considered many to be worthy of the shortlist."


The finalists are:


Future of Nutrition Award

  • AAK for Akovita® for a range of lipids for tailormade products in senior nutrition

  • Arla Food Ingredients for Lacprodan® MFGM-10 contributing to brain development, gut health and immune function in infant formulas

  • Nucaps Nanotechnology for bioavailable capsules with natural proteins

  • Vietnam Food Joint Stock Company for their valorisation of shrimp by-products


Sustainability Champion Award

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) for promoting sustainable farming practices and biodiversity conservation in South America

  • Palsgaard as the first emulsifier ingredients company to achieve CO2 neutral production


Organic Champion Award

  • Diana Food for organic colouring foodstuff

  • Panteley Toshev for the world's first organic beverage emulsions

  • Tradin Organic for its range of organic avocado oil from Ethiopia


Clean label & Natural Innovation Award

  • Chr. Hansen for the HANSEN SWEET POTATO™, offering unique coloring properties in brilliant red

  • HI-FOOD SPA for Meltec® semi-solid fibers for syrups and sugar replacement

  • Royal Koopmans for Koopmans Bind-it™, a clean label binding agent for meat-free burgers


Functional Innovation Award

  • AAK for Akonino® LCP being close to human milk lipids

  • Bunge Loders Croklaan for Betapol Plus®, OPO fats for infant formulas

  • Chr. Hansen for cheese coagulants


Reformulation Innovation Award

  • Chr. Hansen for SWEETY cultures for sugar reduction in fermented dairy

  • Griffith Foods for extruded snacks using green banana flour and Sodium Flex for salt reduction

  • Taura Natural Ingredients for JusFruit Fibre+: an easy way to increase dietary fibre intake


Protein Innovation Award

  • Arla Foods Ingredients for a concept for infant formula with alpha-lactalbumin and whey protein hydrolysates

  • Ebro Ingredients for textured organic pea protein

  • ICL Food Specialties for the development of ROVITARIS™ FBX 360, a textured faba bean protein

  • Kerry for ProDiem™ solving challenges of low-pH protein beverage formulation


F&B Categories Innovation Award

  • DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences  for CHOOZIT® BC Cultures, an optimum browning control of pizza cheese

  • Griffith Foods for the vegetable-based coating system “Never Fry”

  • PB Leiner for next generation gelatin


Food Tech Innovation Award

  • BRACE  for instant microspheres for beverage production

  • Corbion with Verdad® Opti Powder N350, a clean label antimicrobial system

  • Interfood Dairy Value Engineering for innovative technical service for dairy ingredients and finished products


Diversity and Inclusion Award – Sponsored by THE HUNGER PROJECT

  • CP Kelco for its "I belong" initiative

  • International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) for its diversity and inclusion initiative

  • International Trade Centre (ITC) for its “Women and Trade Programme” supporting women entrepreneurs in Nigeria


Plant-Based Innovation Award – Sponsored by ProVeg International

  • Döhler Group for its plant-based cheese and cream cheese

  • Fiberstar Inc. for cleaning up plant-based meat alternatives using Citri-Fi® Natural Citrus Fiber

  • Vaneeghen with Dermaval™ for their clinically researched plant-based collagen builder


For further information about the awards and the judging process please visit





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