The Food Dive Awards for 2018
These US awards – curated by the great food-drinks industry website, www.fooddive.com – recognise the top innovators, disruptors and comeback kids that are shaping the future of the American food industry.
Company of the Year
In 2018, the company sold its US candy business and entered into a $7.15-billion drinks deal with Starbucks as it works to position itself for changing consumer tastes and consumption habits.
Executive of the Year
This year, Josh Tetrick led JUST to be the first company to get lab-grown meat to market, crossing the finish line of a race to meld science, sustainability and sustenance.
Disruptor of the Year
The alcohol giant’s $3.9-billion investment in cannabis producer Canopy Growth has sparked a wave of marijuana innovation by US beer brands, and could give it a first-mover advantage in the budding category.
Deal of the Year
The $10.9-billion purchase of Pinnacle Foods by the Chicago CPG giant brings Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s, Birds Eye and Duncan Hines under one roof.
Turnaround of the Year
After years of struggling with an overly broad portfolio, the French food giant’s brand overhaul and deep investments in better-for-you and plant-based categories have fueled strong financial growth.