03/12/2020 | Ingredients, Trade Fair

Fi Europe Innovation Awards: plant-based solutions take centre stage

At Fi Europe Connect, show organizer Informa Markets recently announced the winners of the Fi Europe Innovation Awards 2020 for their ground-breaking offerings during virtual award ceremonies. Plant-based and alternative ingredients took centre stage in both awards, with winners presenting for example solutions for healthier plant proteins. Due to the current situation, 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.

The Food Tech Innovation Award goes to Netzsch Trockenmahltechnik (Germany). This award recognizes an organization or company that has submitted an innovative technical processing/manufacturing/packaging/waste reduction solution or service for food ingredients or finished products. With the Atex-compliant Condux Compact System, Netzsch has developed a space-saving, less cost-intensive grinding plant.

The Ingredient Innovation Award goes to ADM (Switzerland). This award recognizes an organization or company that has submitted the best ingredient or process in terms of sensory and physical properties or application costs. With the ingredient ProFam Pea from ADM, healthier and more sustainable products based on plant proteins can be produced, all of which are convincing in terms of taste and sensory properties.

Sustainability Innovation Award: in this category, the jury awarded a high commendation to both finalists, Olam International (UK) and Solercool Technologies LLC (USA). This award recognizes an organization or company for a measurable supply chain strategy that champions environmental, economic or socially sustainable practices in the F&B industry. With its platform AtSource, Olam International has set itself the goal of making supply chains for coffee, cocoa, cashews, cotton and rice transparent to the consumer in terms of sustainability. Solercool Technologies has developed a solar-powered refrigeration technology that enables African farmers to reduce rapid, heat-related food degradation after harvest.