The Fi Europe Innovation Awards 2017

Fi Europe Innovation Awards 2017 Ceremony: Let’s celebrate Innovation!

The Fi Europe Innovation Awards honour professionals and companies for their ability to demonstrate and stimulate innovation, and for their contribution to the industry.

The winners of the Fi Europe Innovation Awards will be announced at the festive Awards ceremony on Tuesday November 28th at Messe Frankfurt, Germany. The ceremony will start at 6 PM and will continue until 8 PM, Whilst enjoying drinks & canapés come and enjoy the evenings live music entertainment and network with the experts in the food & beverage industry. You are welcome to celebrate the innovations in the Food Ingredients industry with us!  

FiE Awards Ceremony

Innovation Awards Wall

To learn more about our shortlisted finalists go to Hall 9 Stand F5 and visit our Innovation awards wall. Here you will see the latest form these companies as well as the finalists in the start-up innovation challenge all in one spot.

Sustainability Champion Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company for a measurable sustainability strategy that champions environmental or social sustainability in the F&B industry.

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017


Building a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain

The 3-step approach is IOI Loders Croklaan’s strategic approach for delivering a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain. It works in conjunction with our Sustainable Palm Oil Policy and third-party supplier annex, which sets a new bar for best-practice in the sector. The 3-step approach places traceability front and centre of our strategy for supply chain transformation. First, we understand the origins of our oil, then we assess for risk, and then we use our market leverage to drive sustainable practices on the ground. We have achieved 100% traceability to mill level and are now working to achieve full traceability to plantation.

Food Solutions Team

Carrot Fibre from Production Side-Streams

FoodSolutionsTeam is proud to present KaroPRO, a functional, natural and sustainable carrot fibre ingredient. Derived from side streams of the vegetable juice production KaroPRO is produced using innovative drying and milling technologies. The development of KaroPRO reduces food waste and at the same time offers a highly functional ingredient with a positive declaration and beneficial nutritional values. FoodSolutionsTeam brings lost good food back onto the plate.

Future of Nutrition Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company for pioneering open innovation by contributing to an environment that supports and nurtures progressive ideas likely to change the face of the F&B industry in the long term (beyond 5 years).

Entry for this award is not limited to companies exhibiting at Fi Europe 2017

Monteloeder S.L.

Digitization of functional foods/ beverages with an impact on consumer’s health and wellbeing

"Monteloeder, a Biotech Company with more than 20 years of experience developing and commercializing functional ingredients, has developed a methodology to digitize healthcare and wellbeing products. By using mobile technology, combined with the latest advances in Big Data Analysis and Machine Learning, we are aiming to personalize consumer’s experience. Our solution integrates an efficient product and leading technologies along with personal and context information to establish a direct interaction with consumers. These interactions will allow adding value to consumers, giving personalized advice and information, facilitating preventive health approaches whilst collecting valuable data in return."


The Automated Alberts Smoothie Machine

Alberts is innovative. It is a micro-factory focused on the automated preparation of smoothies and self-cleaning. Excellent taste, no added sugar. Recipes are based on nutritional computations of molecular ingredient compatibility and thereby scientifically optimized for nutrition and taste. Consumers pay only €3 for a 300 mL smoothie. In every region, the open business model includes local frozen vegetables & fruit suppliers and other partners. Albert has agreed on a contract with Carrefour Belgium to install multiple Alberts Stations in their Stores all over Belgium. Please visit or to get a clear grasp of the process and the consumer experience. Cheers!

Organic Champion Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company for promotion of the organic category through marketing, improvement of traceability, growth of product lines or any other innovative ways of raising awareness and availability of organic products in the F&B industry

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017

Best Cooking Pulses

BEST Certified-organic Pea Hull Fibres

"‘Ready-to-eat’ BEST Certified-Organic Pea Hull Fibres are inherently sustainable, dry-milled from outer hulls or seed coats of certified-organic dried peas. They have 90% total dietary fibre and are non-GMO, and allergen, gluten, lactose and cholesterol free. Best Cooking Pulses is a family-owned agrifoods company that has been active in the international pulse trade since 1936. The Best Cooking Pulses pea splitting facility in Saskatchewan has been certified-organic for 26 years. It is located in the largest dried pea growing area of the world, and is firmly anchored in strong farmer relationships. Pulse ingredients for healthy diets and a sustainable world."

Herba Ingredients

Organic Baby-Food Rice Flours; from Seed to Spoon

Herba Ingredients is the European rice flour producer of the Ebro Foods Group, worldwide leader in branded rice and pasta. Herba Ingredients manufactures allergen-free rice and pulse ingredients in different factories over the continent. Together with 2 sister companies of the Ebro Group, Herba Ingredients has developed organic rice flours from its own organic cultivated rice. Through own rice cultivation programs, developed in the South of Spain, we achieved to produce organic rice flours with full traceability. These innovative flours meet the EU baby food legislation, and are therefore widely used by infant formula manufacturers.

Clean Label & Natural Innovation Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company that has developed the best clean label ingredient or process with equal functionality to a synthetic ingredient within the last two years.

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017


Verdad® Avanta®: Natural multifunctional solutions beyond food safety and shelf life. Verdad® Avanta® F100 and Verdad® Avanta® Y100

Corbion’s Verdad Avanta line of natural, clean-label solutions provides manufacturers with convenient, easy-to-use powder ingredients that improve cook yield, purge control and color stability, and control rancidity. With Verdad Avanta F100 (designed to improve overall freshness in meat products) and Verdad Avanta Y100 (formulated to improve cook yield and texture in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products ), manufacturers can meet clean-label demands while ensuring the quality of the meat and poultry products they deliver in the marketplace.


HOMECRAFT® Create 865 and 835 flour

During a period where clean and natural foods have never been in greater demand, Ingredion has produced an ingredient that supports the ultimate clean label claim – without any of the usual compromises in functionality. HOMECRAFT® Create 865 and HOMECRAFT® Create 835 are the food industry’s first ever functional native waxy rice flours for highly demanding, clean label applications, including soups, sauces and ready meals.

Life Stages Innovation Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company for the proven effectiveness of an ingredient or application that best promotes or supports health at one or more of the life stages from conception to old age.

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017


Novozymes Formea®, a unique innovation in low-allergenic infant formula

"Milk is the first food that infants experience after birth. Milk proteins deliver essential amino acids needed by growing infants for their development. However, a larger proportion of the world’s infants show allergic immune reactions to cow milk proteins. Low-allergenic infant formulas are important for these babies to thrive. Novozymes Formea® is the optimal solution to:

  • Reduce the risk of potential allergenicity of milk proteins
  • Provide an animal-free product acceptable for Kosher and Halal use
  • Meet the high purity standard required by infant food producers
  • Eliminate the batch-to-batch variation that can occur with production using common enzymes"

Performance Nutrition Innovation Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company for the proven effectiveness of a product that best promotes or supports an active lifestyle.

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017

Arla Foods Ingredents

Crystal Clear Protein Water with Lacprodan® DI-9213

At Arla Foods Ingredients, we’ve developed a naturally healthy ingredient for making a protein-enriched sports drink as crystal-clear as water – and just as refreshing. Neutral in taste and easy to absorb, our whey protein isolate Lacprodan® DI-9213 supports strong muscles and bones in our low-energy beverage concept, which is entirely fat and sugar-free. Trials in our application centre have successfully produced clear beverages with up to 8.5% whey protein


ADM HIsolate 75/80

ADM HIsolate 75/80 is an organic, plant-based high-protein powder that is ideal for increasing the protein content of nutrition bars, vegetarian meat analogs, cereals and snacks. HIsolate is produced using a unique mechanical processing method, known as expeller pressing, to ensure it is chemical-free and retains all the nutrients and antioxidants present in the original soy beans. Available in both a powdered and textured format, HIsolate is minimally processed, gluten-free and non-GMO, while containing 71% protein and has been designed to support manufacturers in meeting consumer demand for high-protein products, without compromising a clean label.

Growth Categories Innovation Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company that has developed a high impact innovative product within the last two years for application in any of the following fast-growing categories in the F&B Industry: Protein, Dairy, Bakery, Beverages, Confectionery

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017

Erie Foods International, Inc.

ECCO Milk Protein Crisps

ECCO Milk Protein Crisps (US Patent 9,723,859) are a new dairy food that contain 90% protein. Casein and whey proteins are recombined at 80% and 20%, respectively, to maintain the protein ratio of fluid milk and cleanly claim “milk protein isolate” as the only ingredient. Shape and size of these light, crunchy, low fat and carbohydrate, gluten and soy free, unflavored puffed pieces are customizable for the intended application. ECCO Milk Protein Crisps can be consumed directly, flavored like a cheese puff, or used as an inclusion in protein bars, breakfast cereals, or in quite possibly any other application.

Partner-M JSC

Starch Flour Amilon

Starch flour Amilon is a natural product made from Russian wheat by an innovative "green" method. Due to high starch content it serves as a substitute for traditional starch in bakery and confectionery recipes with improved baking properties, regulates the viscous-plastic properties of the dough, allows obtaining products with excellent texture. Cold-swelling form of Amilon has the property of retaining up to 4 volumes of water, so it is recommended as a water-retaining additive to increase shelf life, porosity of products, improve organoleptic properties. The ingredient does not require special labeling and can be shown as "wheat flour".

Parabel USA Ltd.

LENTEIN - a protein revolution

Parabel’s LENTEIN Complete - a minimally processed whole plant protein from water lentils – a complete protein, higher in Essential Amino Acids and BCAA’s than other plant proteins. Its amino acid profile is comparable to whey. LENTEIN is the only plant protein with an amino acid score over 1.0 - the WHO definition of a complete protein. LENTEIN is also soy-, lactose- and gluten free. LENTEIN Complete also contains valuable macro and micro nutrients like dietary fiber and Omega 3. It is an excellent ingredient for beverages due to dispersibility and mouthfeel, but also for other applications like snacks and bars.

Reduction & Reformulation Innovation Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company that has developed the best solution (natural or synthetic) within the last two years for reducing salt, sugar or fat whilst maintaining flavour, texture and functionality of the ingredient replaced

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017


Presdough® 270 SB

Presdough® 270 SB is a second generation Palm alternative based on shea. Its overall performance and clear benefits in terms of health, sensory and workability is revolutionary. This plasticized shortening has the unique property that it generates extra puff in baked puff pastry. The extra puff creates a clear health benefit as it effectively allows a 20% fat reduction. Together with a low SAFA level of 40% it gives an overall SAFA reduction of over 40% when compared to current available palm alternatives. The low SAFA level also provides a quicker melting taste experience, boosting the flavor release. When baked, this shortening gives an attractive golden brown and crispy crust.


DSM Delvo®Cheese CT-Light improves taste and texture in low-fat cheese

DSM’s Delvo®Cheese CT-Light allows cheesemakers to create continental cheeses using low-fat milk with the same taste texture that consumers expect from a full-fat product. During the cheese making process, the culture replaces fat with water without any negative impact on physical or sensory properties. With DelvoCheese CT-Light, fat can be reduced by 30% or more, alongside a significant cut in calories. This is done without additives or stabilizers. This total culture solution enables cheesemakers to meet the consumer demand for healthier options by giving the impression of a full-fat product but with less fat and fewer calories.


ACTI'BOOST Sweet range by METAROM Group

METAROM Group launches ACTI’BOOST Sweet range and provides food manufacturers with a “high performance” natural active solution to compensate the sweet perception of low-sugar beverages and dairy. It has been specifically designed to reduce sugar content of up to 30% in beverages and dairy, even 50% depending of the matrix. Labelled “Natural Flavour” according European regulation, it adapts to the specific features of each product: carbonated beverages, soft drinks, milky and plant-based drinks. Its formulation is resistant to pasteurization, sterilization, low and high pH. ACTI’BOOST Sweet allows consumers to enjoy nutritionally beneficial food products without compromising on taste!


Great-tasting fermented milk products with less added sugar using Novozymes Saphera® FMP

New innovative solution from Novozymes Novozymes Saphera® is a new generation of lactase that opens new opportunities for introducing dairy products containing less added sugar while maintaining the same delicious taste. With this technology, health-conscious consumers gain dairy products that have less sugar and are low lactose, without sacrificing on taste.

Expo FoodTec Innovation Award Shortlist

This awards an organisation or company for developing high-tech/advanced technology or machinery for food ingredients processing or packaging.

Entry is only open to exhibitors of Fi Europe 2017

Handary S.A.

Antipack™ - Biodegradable Active Antifungal Film

Antipack™ is a kind of biodegradable active antifungal film used to prevent the mold growth by releasing gradually chitosan-containing Phenyllactic acid activities onto the surface of solid foods during the shelf life period, satisfied to both consumer’s and food manufacturer’s choice in natural, health, convenient, cost-efficient antimicrobial packaging.