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 have been announced at the festive Awards ceremony on Tuesday November 28th at Messe Frankfurt, Germany

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

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


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.

Future of Nutrition Award

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).


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

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

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

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.


HOMECRAFT® Create 865 and 835 flour

At a time when clean and natural foods have never been in greater demand, Ingredion has developed an ingredient that supports the ultimate clean label claim - without any of the usual compromises in functionality. HOMECRAFT® Create 865 and HOMECRAFT® Create 835 multifunctional rice flours are the first of their kind made available to the industry and are suitable for highly demanding, clean label applications, including soups, sauces and ready meals.

Life Stages Innovation Award

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.


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

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

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

Growth Categories Innovation Award

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

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.

Reduction & Reformulation Innovation Award

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


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.

Expo FoodTec Innovation Award

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