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At Fi Europe CONNECT 2020, show organiser 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 1 December and 2 December. Plant-based and alternative ingredients took centre 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," says Brand Director Julien Bonvallet.
George Perujo, ADM’s Director of Product Management for Specialty Ingredients, comments: “We’re delighted that the FiE award council has recognized the innovation and opportunities that our ProFam® Pea 580 brings to the market. ProFam® Pea 580 is a testament to our commitment to innovation in protein, and we’re excited about the range of possibilities it opens up for our customers.”
Dr. Stefan Jung, Marketing Manager at NETZSCH, also welcomes the award: “Our goal was for ConduxĒį Compact Impact Mill to optimally meet the needs of the industry. Of course, we hope that the award will help draw even more attention to the advantages of this product.”
“We are proud to receive this recognition and share it with the farmers, partners, and customers who have joined us on our journey to increase sustainable production, build brand trust and confidence, and drive positive impact for people and planet. I honestly believe AtSource has the potential to become the ‘Google’ for driving sustainability in food supply chains", says Roel Van Poppel, AtSource CEO at Olam International.
Among the highlights of the two remaining days of Fi Europe CONNECT are the panel discussion "Women in Food" (December 3), an on-demand session by Innova Market Insights on personalized nutrition and the innovation tour "The Future of Clean Label" by NutriMarketing (both on December 4).