After dinner and wine, the suspense was lifted as our judging panel rewarded ingredients and finished product innovation in large and small firms as well as universities.
"We were delighted with the enthusiastic industry response to the awards with 129 entries," said Graham Twyford, William Reed Business Media head of food in EMEA.
"On the awards dinner itself, we not only wanted to recognise and celebrate the winners but also ensure that everybody present enjoyed an entertaining evening with a mix of good food, drink, music and celebration. The feedback we've received from the 200+ people present so far has been very gratifying."
University Research of the Year – sponsored by Gnosis – went to Swinburne University of Technology in Australia for research on curcumin and cognitive function and mood in healthy older people.
Startup Ingredient of the Year was won by Qualitas Health for its sustainable, non-GMO, EPA-rich algae omega-3 oil, Almega PL.
Readers’ Ingredient of the Year – in association with Vitafoods Europe and voted on by almost 3000 NutraIngredients readers - went to Liquid BioCell LIFE, SKIN and SPORT by Jusuru International.
Metabolic Technologies and TSI Group won Finished Product of the Year – Sport & Energy – for its sports supplement, BetaATP.
The Finished Product of the Year for Immunity was won by Stratum Nutrition for its infant health product, Bactoblis Infant.
DuPont took the Finished Product of the Year – Heart & Brain – for its lactobacillus-based offering, HOWARU Cardio.
The Editor’s Choice Award – in association with Finished Products Europe 2015 – was won by Imperial-Oel-Import for its omega-3 separating pouch, MarisMix OmegaPassion DHA.
“The quantity and quality of entries was so strong it really was hard to select winners so every finalist brought products and concepts that deliver real nutrition benefits to the world,” said NutraIngredients senior editor, Shane Starling. “Bring on 2016!”
"Preparation has already begun for NutraIngredients Awards 2016 which we again plan to host during the Vitafoods Europe show dates of May 10th-12th. We'll be increasing the number of award categories so I'm sure the level of entries will be higher again" Twyford added.
Thanks to our event sponsors Gnosis, Frutarom, Capsugel, Faravelli Group and GP Solutions.
If you're interested in participating in NutraIngredients Awards 2016 there is more information here or you can contact Cyrille Pelletier (firstname.lastname@example.org).