WATCH: Winners of Gulfood Innovation Awards 2019 tell all about their triumphant innovations [PART 2]

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The Gulfood Innovation Awards 2019 saw each of 12 companies go home with one of the much sought-after awards in the bag. We caught up with all the winners after the show to find out more about their secrets to success.

This year’s awards received over 300 entries, and the judging panel comprised of 10 elite industry personalities such as Khaled Ismail (Tetra Pak VP Communications - Europe, Central Asia, Middle East & Africa Region),  Jochen Bischoff (Head of FMCG, Facebook) and Sunjeh Raja (Director & CEO, International Centre for Culinary Arts United Arab Emirates).

Hunter Foods, which won the Best Organic Product award last year, emerged triumphant once again but this time in a new category: The Best New Product Development award.

“We won the Best New Product Development award for our Mixed Tropical Fruit Chips, a product containing [four] different types of fruit, [including] baby banana, pineapple, cantaloupe and jackfruit,” ​said Ananya Narayan, Hunter Foods Managing Director.

“[Our company] is also moving the direction of better-for-you, [looking at] sodium levels and sugar levels, [as well as] moving everything away from canola and palm oil to a special type of sunflower oil.”

The other new category winner was Rahmani Group, for the Best Packaging (Design) Impact award.

“How we got the idea for this [product design] was when we saw a cosmetics company in Europe [use a similar design] to show its clients [samples or testers] of its products, and we decided to bring this over to food products,” ​explained the company’s Export Manager Omid Abouali.

The full list of winners is as below:

Most Innovative Soft Beverage: ​Eternitea (Collagen Drink) ​by Eternitea

Most Innovative Hot Beverage: ​100% compostable pods, oxygen tight compatible with Nespresso Pro machine by Swiss Sustainable Coffee

Most Innovative Dairy Product: ​Choco Labneh by Pinar

Most Innovative Halal Food: ​Plant Protein, Pea,  Kale & Quinoa burger by Global Food Industries

Most Innovative Baked or Confectionary: ​Americana Bakery (Chocolate, Creme & Feta Cheese) by Americana

Most Innovative Condiment or Sauce: ​Truffle Powder by Giuliano Tartufi

Most Innovative Frozen or Chilled Food: ​The Beyond Burgers by Zandbergen World'S Finest Meat/Beyond Meat

Most Innovative Organic Product: ​Organic Crunchy Bites Oven Baked Snacks by Dr. Klaus Karg

Most Innovative Health & Wellness Product: ​Probiotic Wellness Balls by Health Lab

Most Innovative Meat Or Poultry Product: ​Griller Nat Verde by Grupo Vibra 

Best New Product Development [NEW]: ​Hunter's Gourmet Mixed Tropical Fruit Chips by Hunter Foods

Best Packaging (Design) Impact [NEW]: ​Pure Honey Sachet by Rahmani Group (Mani Food Development Co.)

Watch the video for more, and see the winners of the first six awards here​.

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