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SA nominations for Global Food Awards

The Global Food Awards are a highlight among many expected highlights of the upcoming IUFoST 2010 congress in Cape Town. There were a record number of local entries for the 2010 event, with more than 30 nominations that had judges from around the country sampling, evaluating and enquiring about the items and later meeting in Johannesburg and Cape Town to carefully select the products considered to make the best impression in the finals.

After much consideration and deliberation, the 12 products below, the maximum allowable of four in each of the three categories, were declared the winners and worthy representatives of the current South African market.

The winning South African products will do battle against 47 entries from 13 other countries including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam. A global panel, representing nine different countries, will select the finalists from this group and notify them of the outcome by 1 May.

The panel will then request sample packaging for final judging and also for displaying at the Congress exhibition for all interested delegates to see. The various awards will be presented to the winners during the IUFoST Global Food Science Congress in Cape Town in August.

Global Food Industry Awards: Winners from South Africa

Category 1: Product and/or process innovation including the industrialisation of traditional foods.

 
 1) Bits ‘o Juice Lemon Pods – frozen lemon pods. Read more here
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 2) Mageu No 1, Smooth – maize meal drink, lactic acid fermented.
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 3) Chocaloes – aloe ferox extract and fruit centres covered in chocolate.
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 4) Werda, “to go”, salad range – shelf stable, low fat, low GI, high fibre, salad meals. Read more here

Category 2: Package innovation, with specifics on the innovative part of the packaging and why it is important.

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 1) Cremora dual tamper-evident closure and jar – a tamper evident cap and pouring spout. Read more here
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 2) Woolworths handmade wire heart – for sweets, doubling as a hanging basket  – a community project.
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 3) Woolworths long life milk bottle – fully resealable with recyclable bottle and cap. Read more here
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 4) FreshWorks – bag for Nouvelle Mushrooms – optimum humidity balancing film for high-value, exotic mushrooms.

Category 3: Communicating science-related knowledge to consumers aiming at improving their lifestyle.

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 1) Unilever’s Flora “Test the Nation”, campaign with Pick n Pay – free cholesterol test and heart health information.
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 2) Unilever’s “The Big Fat Truth Revealed”, campaign with local expert input – consumer education on essential fats in the diet.
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 3)Woolworths’  “Farming for the Future” initiative – a sustainable approach to farming. Read more here
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 4) Unilever’s Rama “Spread for Bread” campaign – education on the value of essential fatty acids to low income families.