【DE】Finalists of the Fi Europe 2021 Innovation Awards & Startup Innovation Challenge confirmed

Recognition for innovative solutions in the food and beverages ingredients industry


Frankfurt / Germany, (…) November 2021: The nominees have been revealed, after the jury of experts from all areas of the food industry named the 28 companies who will be competing for the Fi Europe Innovation Awards and Startup Innovation Challenge. The finalists will present their submissions in a final pitch to the jury behind closed doors, and winners will be announced live during Fi Europe 2021, co-located with Hi Europe, on 30 November and 1 December. Again, topics such as sustainability and plant-based top the shortlist, mirroring current market trends and developments.


Finalists nominated for the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2021:


Category 1: Most Innovative Plant-Based or Alternative Ingredient

  • Moolec Science (UK)for producing real animal proteins in plants to developaffordable, animal-free ingredients
  • SACCHA (Germany)for extracting proteins from microorganisms such asbrewer’s yeast that are similar to egg protein, only without the egg, allowing manufacturers to create authentic alternatives to animal products
  • Sophie’s BioNutrients (The Netherlands/Singapore) for developing a newand sustainable plant-based protein from microalgae
  • Time-Travelling Milkman (The Netherlands) for producing and distributing plant-based fat components for creamier, healthier and more sustainable plant-based products
  • Update Foods (France)for producing the next generation of alternative dairypowered by algae and faba protein


Category 2: Most Innovative F&B Ingredient or Processing Technology

  • California Cultured (USA)for growing non-GMO chocolate from cocoa stemcells via cell culture technology and, therefore, producing chocolate that is not affected by deforestation or exploitation of farmers
  • Eighth Day Foods (Australia)for enabling food manufacturers to producepioneering, premium, plant-based products under their own trusted brands
  • Hoow Foods Pte Ltd (Singapore)for promoting healthy living throughimproved nutrition by using deep insights of foods and ingredients to create sustainable and healthier foods
  • NoPalm Ingredients (The Netherlands)for replacing palm oil as aningredient in food, cosmetics and detergents to reduce carbon emissions, and save tropical rainforests
  • Umami Meats (Singapore) for producing delicious, nutritious and healthycultivated fish that promote the future of sustainable seafood


Category 3: Most Innovative Service or Technology Supporting F&B

  • Allozymes (Singapore)for applying its proprietary platform technology to rapidly develop novel enzymes, revolutionising the way industry can produce complex natural products
  • Mi Terro (USA)for its unique approach to use Big Data to developcompostable, alternative, single-use plastic packaging from plant-based agricultural waste
  • Ambrosia.bio (Israel) for its proprietary, breakthrough enzyme technologyplatform that converts high-calorie sugars found in natural juices into virtually calorie-free sugars, such as allulose


Nominated for the Fi Europe Innovation Awards 2021:

Clean Label & Natural Innovation Award

  • Bunge Loders Croklaan (The Netherlands)for Karibon, a 100% shea-basedcocoa butter equivalent (CBE) that combines all the processing benefits and versatility of leading CBEs with the nutritional and sustainability benefits of shea
  • MartinoRossi Spa (Italy) for its Meat Substitute Mix Ragù, a plant-based Bolognese- style sauce mix that is allergen-, GMO- and gluten-free
  • Millbo (Italy) for X-Tra Guard, a natural ingredient that eliminates the need for the preservative sorbic acid. X-tra Guard is derived entirely from the natural botanical components of rowan berries
  • Lutkala Ltd (Poland)for their food thickener Lutkala, a natural replacement for chemical or synthetic thickeners such as pectins, modified starch or xanthan gum


Food Tech Innovation Award

  • AAK (Sweden) for AkoBisc® GO!, a structured, emulsion-facilitating process in biscuit production that offers longer shelf-life and multiple sensorial benefits
  • Chr. Hansen A/S (Denmark)for its FreshQ® food cultures, enabling fermentation-based biological protection against yeast and moulds without undesirable sensory effects and acidity development, thus helping producers to naturally prolong shelf-life and quality
  • ICL Food Specialties (USA)for its JOHA® SF Line of emulsifying salts used to optimise protein content in processed cheese, offering various benefits


Health Innovation Award

  • ADM (USA) for its HT-BPL1 postbiotic, an ingredient targeting the gutmicrobiome that can be used by food and beverage manufacturers in avariety of applications requiring heat processing conditions
  • Arjuna Natural Pvt Lrd (India)for Rhuleave-K® with its unique SPEEDTMtechnology for the first natural formula for safe and effective pain management
  • Bunge Loders Croklaan (The Netherlands)for NuliGo, a uniquelystructured medium and long chain triglyceride that supports muscle building,maintenance and recovery, making it an ideal ingredient for sports nutrition, healthy ageing and medical foods
  • NutriLeads (The Netherlands)for BeniCarosTM, a proprietary ingredient forimmune health that has been clinically proven to support immune function and optimise response to potential threats and stresses
  • vaneeghen – Futureceuticals (The Netherlands) for S7TM, a plant-basedformula containing seven phytonutrient-rich botanicals proven in clinical studies to help increase nitric oxide and reduce oxidative stress


Plant-based Innovation Award

  • DSM (The Netherlands) for Delvo®Plant, a unique portfolio of enzymeshelping to improve the nutritional value of plant-based drinks, and create gluten-reduced dairy alternative varieties with optimized taste, texture and mouthfeel
  • DSM (The Netherlands) for Maxavor® Fish YE, a natural fish flavour derived from algal oil for producing authentic fish alternatives, including vegetarian fish nuggets and vegan fish sauce
  • Sprau (Finland) for the germinated faba bean Sprau. Germination allows the full nutritional potential of the faba bean to unfold without digestive discomfort or a ‘beany’ flavour


Sensory Innovation Award

  • AAK (Sweden) for AkoBisc® GO!, a biscuit fat that is low in saturated fatty acids and free from tropical fats, offering a unique sensory biscuit quality, with a crunchy bite, no fatbloom and no discoloration over time
  • Cargill (USA)for Bright White Chocolate to replace regular, yellowish-white chocolate while keeping the regular ingredients’ list the same as for normal white chocolate


Sustainability Innovation Award

  • AAK (Sweden)for enabling chocolate to make deforestation-free claims withILLEXAOTM SC 70, which is a plant-based ingredient for chocolate and confectionery
  • Fonterra Cooperative Group/NZMP (New Zealand) for acting on climatechange today through carbon zero capability with its recently launched first carbonzeroTM certified ingredient – Organic Butter Julien Bonvallet, Brand Director Informa Markets, concludes: “What we can clearly see is that for many companies, innovation and further development continue even in the current climate, which is by no means an easy task. And the results are impressive: With their solutions, the shortlisted companies are all making an important contribution to the issues and demands that are driving the industry.”


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About Fi Global

Food ingredients Global was launched in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1986. Its portfolio of live events, extensive data, digital solutions and high-level conferences is now established throughout the world and provides regional and global platforms for all stakeholders in the food ingredients industry. Over 500,000 people have attended our shows over the years, with billions of Euros worth of business created as a result. With more than 30 years of excellence, the events, digital solutions and supporting products deliver a proven route to market, with a truly global audience. Since 2018, Food ingredients Global has been part of the Informa Markets portfolio. For more information, please visit: www.figlobal.com.





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