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Fi Innovation Awards: The finalists


A total of 34 companies made it into the final round of the Fi Innovation Awards. This award honours companies with outstanding solutions, services or ingredients that meet current industry challenges.
The eight-member jury led by Prof. Colin Dennis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IFIS (International Food Information Service) has announced the shortlisted applications from more than 180 submissions. After a decisive pitch on the day before Fi Europe, the winners of the eleven categories will be unveiled at a festive ceremony on 3 December.
In recent years, the Fi Innovation Awards have become known as the most prestigious in the industry. In 2019, the number of companies that made it into the final round was almost double that of the previous event. Colin Dennis says: "This year we not only had a record number of entries, but also the quality of the entries was above average. That’s why we considered many to be worthy of the shortlist."
The finalists are: 
Future of Nutrition Award
AAK for Akovita® for a range of lipids for tailormade products in senior nutrition
Arla Food Ingredients for Lacprodan® MFGM-10 contributing to brain development, gut health and immune function in infant formulas
Nucaps Nanotechnology for bioavailable capsules with natural proteins
Vietnam Food Joint Stock Company for their valorisation of shrimp by-products
Sustainability Champion Award
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) for promoting sustainable farming practices and biodiversity conservation in South America
Palsgaard as the first emulsifier ingredients company to achieve COneutral production
Organic Champion Award
Diana Food for organic colouring foodstuff
Panteley Toshev for the world's first organic beverage emulsions
Tradin Organic for its range of organic avocado oil from Ethiopia
Clean label & Natural Innovation Award
Chr. Hansen for the HANSEN SWEET POTATO™, offering unique coloring properties in brilliant red
HI-FOOD SPA for Meltec® semi-solid fibers for syrups and sugar replacement
Royal Koopmans for Koopmans Bind-it™, a clean label binding agent for meat-free burgers
Functional Innovation Award
AAK forAkonino® LCP being close to human milk lipids
Bunge Loders Croklaan for Betapol Plus®, OPO fats for infant formulas
Chr. Hansen for cheese coagulants
Reformulation Innovation Award
Chr. Hansen for SWEETY cultures for sugar reduction in fermented dairy
Griffith Foods for extruded snacks using green banana flour and Sodium Flex for salt reduction
Taura Natural Ingredients for JusFruit Fibre+: an easy way to increase dietary fibre intake
Protein Innovation Award
Arla Foods Ingredients for a concept for infant formula with alpha-lactalbumin and whey protein hydrolysates
Ebro Ingredients for textured organic pea protein
ICL Food Specialties for the development of ROVITARIS™ FBX 360, a textured faba bean protein
Kerry for ProDiem™ solving challenges of low-pH protein beverage formulation
F&B Categories Innovation Award
DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences for CHOOZIT® BC Cultures, an optimum browning control of pizza cheese
Griffith Foods for the vegetable-based coating system “Never Fry”
PB Leiner for next generation gelatin
Food Tech Innovation Award
BRACE for instant microspheres for beverage production
Corbion withVerdad® Opti Powder N350, a clean label antimicrobial system
Interfood Dairy Value Engineering for innovative technical service for dairy ingredients and finished products
Diversity and Inclusion Award – Sponsored by THE HUNGER PROJECT
CP Kelco for its "I belong" initiative
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) for its diversity and inclusion initiative
International Trade Centre (ITC) for its “Women and Trade Programme” supporting women entrepreneurs in Nigeria
Plant-Based Innovation Award – Sponsored by ProVeg International
Döhler Group for its plant-based cheese and cream cheese
Fiberstar Inc. for cleaning up plant-based meat alternatives using Citri-Fi® Natural Citrus Fiber
Vaneeghen with Dermaval™ for their clinically researched plant-based collagen builder
For further information about the awards and the judging process please visit