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Winners of the 2018 Awards from Food Matters Live

Food Matters Live has quickly become a go-to event, held annually in London, for those interested in disruptive innovation and ground-breaking science and thinking in the broader food-bev environment. Here are the winners of its prestigious 2018 Awards…

Now in their second year, the Awards recognise successes in a range of areas, from innovative product development through to healthy eating initiatives, new technologies and sustainable practices.

From grain-based pasta for those on a gluten-free diet to a healthy-eating app for school children, the winners reflect the boom in nutritious and environmentally friendly products, as well as trends towards vegan and free-from foods.

A judging panel of 24 food and drink industry experts included FoodsMatter editor Michelle Berriedale- Johnson, A Plastic Planet packaging advisor Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Kallo Foods’ Hayley Murgett, Foodscape Group founder Dr Rachel Cheatham, Cotwold Fayre chief executive Paul Hargreaves, Speciality Food Magazine editor Holly Shackleton and Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising chief executive Chris Griffin.

They each took part in a rigorous process involving full product assessment and tastings, sparking lively debate across all the categories.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “Congratulations to the winners in each category, who impressed the judges with their distinctive, innovative approaches, which challenged the status quo and really made a mark in their separate competitive categories.

“We were delighted with the number of high quality participants in the second edition of the Food Matters Live Awards, reflecting the breadth of innovation across the food and drink industry meeting consumer demand for healthy, better-for-you food and drink.”

Winners received an iconic award, creatively designed around the innovative concept of a taste bud.

Food Matters Live brought together thousands of visitors from across the global food and drink industry at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 November 2018.

The Winners:

Innovative Better-for-You Product of the Year         

Winner: 100% White Teff – Fusilli Pasta by Lovegrass Ethiopia

Highly commended: Seaweed Rice Crisps by Daon Food Co

Best Natural Ingredient of the Year

Winner: Fermentino Soft by Casa del Fermentino

Best Functional Ingredient of the Year

Winner: FORTIBONE by Gelita UK

Innovative Natural and Organic Product of the Year          

Winner: Sparkling Tea BLÅ by Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company

Winner: Aquafaba Mayo by Rubies in the Rubble

Highly commended: Cashew Camemberti by Kool Organics

Best Food Tech Innovation of the Year

Winner: Tetra Pak Extrusion Wheel by Tetra Pak

Highly commended: 3F BIO – Making Sustainable Protein by Making More with Less by 3F BIO

Innovative Food-to-Go Product of the Year    

Winner: Gigi Gelato by GiGi Holding

Highly commended: nucao by nu organics

Best Better-for-You Ingredient of the Year


Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Winner: Scaling Food Waste Prevention through Measurement and Data by LeanPath UK

Best Healthy Eating Initiative

Winner: Veggie Run by HES Catering Services

Best New Ingredient of the Year

Winner: Novofarina Gluten Free Crumb by Novo Farina

Best New Food Product of the Year

Winner: Oumph! Kebab Spiced by Food for Progress

Best New Drink Product of the Year

Winner: TEA REX – Lemon Ginger Turmeric Lemongrass by TEA REX

Highly commended: Snoooze – Natural Sleep Drink by Snoooze

Source: Food Matters Live: read more about the expo and congress here:

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