South Africa bags seven finalist spots in the Global Food Awards

Seven South African food products have made it through to the finals of the 2010 International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Global Food Industry Awards, acknowledging the high level of innovation in this country.

The awards, held for the first time in 2008, take place every two years and recognise exceptional products. Only four nominations per category were allowed from each country and local submissions were selected by the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) from over 35 entries.

The South African finalists, in each category, are:

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

 1) Bits ‘o Juice Lemon Pods – frozen lemon pods used as “flavour bursts” in a wide range of applications. Read more here
 2) Werda, “to go”, salad range – shelf stable, low fat, low GI, high fibre, salad meals. Read more here
Other finalists:
Koka Purple Wheat Noodles (Singapore)
Kooksoondang(dreaft makkoli)(Korea)
Pho noodles (Vietnam)
Preshafruit (Australia)
Ottogi Bekse Curry (Korea)
Taeyangcho Gold Gochujang (Korea)
TruviaT Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener (USA)
Yang Sheng Letm Concentrated herbal soup (Singapore)

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

 1) Cremora dual tamper-evident closure and jar – a tamper evident cap and pouring spout. Read more here
 2) Woolworths long life milk bottle – the first long-life milk in plastic bottles in South Africa. Read more here
 3) FreshWorks – bag for Nouvelle Mushrooms – optimum humidity balancing film for high-value, exotic mushrooms.
Other finalists:
Cyclus Margarine (South America)
McCormick Adjustable Grinder (USA)

Preshafruit (Australia)

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

 1) Unilever’s Flora “Test the Nation”, campaign with Pick n Pay – free cholesterol test and heart health information.
 2) Unilever’s Rama “Spread for Bread” campaign – education on the value of essential fatty acids to low income families.
Other finalists:
Do Food Safely (Australia)
Metamin 3 D (Taiwan)
McCain It’s all good (Canada)
McCormick Super 7 spices (USA)

““South African food companies are justifiably proud of their innovations and value the opportunity to showcase their products in the global arena. The close relationship that SAAFoST enjoys with industry facilitated our nominating world-class products for the awards. Our entries were selected on the basis of scientific content as well as degree of innovation and this has been recognised by the team of international judges. We are quietly optimistic that South Africa will be among the final winners,”” comments Rosie Maguire, SAAFoST president.

Local entries in the packaging innovation category were particularly strong, she adds. “This shows that local companies are addressing the major trends of convenience, aesthetics and functionality, while incorporating unique features. Food security is a current buzzword and packaging that significantly increases the shelf life of a perishable product (thereby reducing wastage) is of particular interest to food professionals worldwide. Recyclable packaging is also high on the agenda.”

At the 2008 ceremony in Shanghai, China, South Africa walked away with three Global Food Awards when rooibos company, Red Espresso; Mars Africa’’s Royco Pour Over Sauces and Woolworths’’ Really Good Food for Babies won.

This year’’s finalists will be judged by a global panel that includes a South African, with winners to be announced in Cape Town at the 15th IUFoST World Food Congress on Monday 23 August.

About the 15th IUFoST Congress:

This congress is the most prestigious event on the international food science and technology calendar (scheduled for August 22- 26, 2010 in Cape Town) and will see food scientists and major industry players from all over the world highlight the important role food scientists will play in terms of food security, food safety and environmental sustainability.

The Congress offers something for everyone in the world of food – scientists, technologists, regulators, entrepreneurs, marketing and business managers, educators, academics and students. Its scientific programme will address global issues such as food safety, contaminants, physical and sensory sciences, product development, processing, packaging, genetically modified foods and nanotechnology.

For further information and a full programme of events, please visit