World Food Innovation Awards 2021: finalists announced

The shortlist of finalists for the 2021 World Food Innovation Awards has been announced.

The winners in all 26 categories will be announced as part of a special virtual ceremony hosted in association with IFE live on our YouTube Channel on 23 March.

FoodBev Media awards marketing executive Kieran Kennedy said:

“With what is a record number of entries for the World Food Innovation awards, we are thrilled to announce this year’s finalists. Now in it’s seventh year, the competition is even closer as companies explore more daring flavour combinations, push the boundaries of packaging design and create innovative new functional products. 

“The World Food Innovation Awards represents a fantastic opportunity to share some of the most ambitious developments from the food industry and celebrate companies both senior and junior. This year’s contenders are some of our strongest yet and we can’t wait to see who will be crowned the winners in March.”

A full list of finalists in each category follows below.


Best allergy friendly product

Dammenberg Worry free Nutty taste – Nut-free Oat cocoa spread

Veg of Lund – DUG

The VGood Company – PeaNOT Butter


Best artisan product

ALDI – Exclusive Emporium Selection Artisan Flavored Cheese

Borna Foods – Cashew Nut Butters

Jason’s Sourdough – Ciabattin Loaves

Pawfect Foods – Cheescuits

TRIVIUM PACKAGING – Rainforest Premium Artesian Water – 500ml


Best brand identity or marketing campaign

Epogee – EPG

The Drinks Bakery – Drinks Biscuits

Plenty – Full Suite of Products 

Saintly Beverage Co – Saintly Hard Seltzer


Best brand or business

Gibson’s Goodology – Gibson’s Goodology

Hunter & Gather Foods – Hunter & Gather Foods

Oumph! – Oumph!

Vegan Finest Foods – Vegan Zeastar


Best children’s product

Annabel Karmel – Frozen Meals for Toddlers and Children

For Aisha’s – Chermoula Chicken Moroccan Stew with Dates Tray Meal

Little Dish – Plant-based fresh toddler meals

Real Good Ketchup – Real Good Ketchup


Best convenience food innovation

Eat Just, Inc. – JUST Egg Sous Vide

itsu [grocery] – super sesame protein’noodles

Semillas Fitó – CRÜ

Veganz Group AG – Festtagsstücke wie Ente

What’Soup – LLC soct


Best convenience packaging

ALDI – Exclusive Whole & Simple Shrimp & Grains Single Serves

Alzamora Group – Eco Basket

SAVRpak – SAVRpak

Kolibri Drinks – Kolibri Tales


Best CSR/sustainability initiative

Aptar Food + Beverage – Simplicycle – High Performance Meets Recyclability

Danone North America/Two Good – Good Save

Nexira – inavea: the 1st Carbon Neutral Brand

SAVRpak – SAVRpak

Veg of Lund – DUG


Best drink concept

Laird Superfood – Functional Coffee Blends: Boost and Focus

Nestle – NESCAFE NATIV Cascara

Qula Co Inc – Qula Kombucha

Refix – Alkaline Seawater

The Naked Collective – Mude


Best drink packaging design

Aptar Food & Beverage – Rocket: Next Generation Sport Cap

Kolibri Drinks – Kolibri Tales

Sidel, NUUK – the new rPET water bottle concept

TRIVIUM PACKAGING – Rainforest Premium Artesian Water – 500ml


Best food concept

Borealis Foods Inc – Chef Woo Ramen

Good Catch Foods – Plant-based Crab Cakes

Land O’Lakes, Inc. – LAND O LAKES ® Butter Spread with Seeds: Flax, Chia and Hemp

Semillas Fitó – Nippo


Best food packaging design

Aptar Food & Beverage – Maestro

Monty Bojangles – Persian Pink Cat Tin

Nanyang Polytechnic Ondeh – Ondeh Dysphagia ice cream packaging design

Plenty – Full Suite of Products 

SAVRpak – SAVRpak


Best health or wellness drink

Active Magyarország Kft – Active FiberShake

Fulfill Food & Beverages – Karviva ACE (Antioxidant-Collagen-Electrolyte) Sport Drink

Life Health Foods UK – Mockingbird Raw Press

The Naked Collective – Mude

Veg of Lund – DUG


Best health or wellness food

ALDI – Exclusive L’oven Fresh Protein Wraps

FoodYoung Ltd – Kakoo makes me smile

Nanyang Polytechnic – Yuen Yueng Dysphagia Ice Cream

Pickld – Healthy Gourmet Spice Blends

Veggies Made Great – Sausage, Egg & Cheese Frittata made with Beyond Meat


Best healthy snacking innovation

Dolfin (UK) Ltd – My Sweet Chickpea

Greenback – Greenback Plant Protein Bars

Ice Cream Treats – Yomega3 Frozen Yogurt

Perkier Foods – Active Culture Bars


Best indulgence product

ALDI – Exclusive Sundae Shoppe Keto Ice Cream Pints

Lidl – Way to Go! Bar

Oumph! – Oumph! Sticky Smokehouse

The Drinks Bakery – Drinks Biscuits


Best ingredient innovation

BioNeutra Global Corporation – VitaFiber IMO

Cabosse Naturals – Cacaofruit Ingredients

DouxMatok – Incredo Sugar

Epogee – EPG

Hyproca Nutrition – Probiotic, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus MP108

Innovopro – CP‑Pro 70® Chickpea Protein


Best low-or-no product

Caleño Drinks – Light & Zesty Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit

Kolibri Drinks – Kolibri Tales

Lyre’s – American Malt

Piccolo Foods – Stock Sachet Powder

The Naked Collective – So.beer

Verso Food – Beanit® Unflavoured Chunks and Mince


Best natural food or organic product

ALDI – Exclusive – Simply Nature Organic Whole Milk Greek Yogurt

Laird Superfood – Liquid Creamer

Organic India – Turmeric & Black Pepper Supplement

Semillas Fitó – Tomato Monterosa


Best plant-based beverage

Biomel – Biomel

Goose Island Beer Co. – Tree Water Pils

Laird Superfood – Hot Chocolate with Functional Mushrooms

Nestle- NESCAFE NATIV Cascara

Veg of Lund – DUG


Best plant-based food product

Beyond Meat – Beyond Mince

Eat The Change – Mushroom Jerky

Gold&Green Foods – Pulled Oats

Good Catch Foods – Plant-based Crab Cakes

The Plant Based Seafood Co. – Mind Blown Dusted Scallops

Vegan Finest Foods – Vegan Zeastar Zalmon Sashimi


Best snacking innovation

Nibble – Simply Cheeky Choc Chip Cookie Dough

SHORE The Scottish Seaweed Co – Sweet Sriracha Seaweed Chips

The Drinks Bakery – Drinks Biscuits

Veganz Group AG – Cracker Cheese Style


Best special – edition product

Borna Foods – Nut Butters – Festive Edition

Inner Mongolia Yili Group – Golden Mountain QQ Milk Tea

Monty Bojangles – Persian Pink Cat Tin

Nanyang Polytechnic – Ondeh-ondeh Dysphagia Ice Cream


Best startup 

Epogee – EPG

iSense AG – iSense 

Journey Foods – JourneyAI

Phytaphix – Immune Phix

THE REAL FOODISTS – YO’RIDGE


Best sustainable packaging

Aptar Food & Beverage – Maestro

Elopak – Pure-Pak® Imagine

Piccolo Foods – Yellow & Go Recyclable Pouch

The Frugal Bottle – The world’s first wine and spirits bottle made from recycled paper 

SAVRpak – SAVRpak


Best technology innovation

Barry Callebaut – Mona Lisa 3D Studio

DouxMatok – Incredo Sugar

Plenty – Plenty Farms

SAVRpak – SAVRpak

Staple Barn – BeerTrim Fast-Flow Push-Fit Nozzle – Everybody Wins!

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