HANDARY OBTAINED 2 GULFOOD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Held on the evening of day one of the Gulfood Manufacturing exhibition, the Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards 2018 rewarded best practices and innovation across the food manufacturing industry value chain.
Chosen from the 1,600 exhibitors at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing event, the awards recognised transformative breakthroughs and new technologies from future-thinking food industry innovators, encompassing health, safety, environmental awareness, ingredients and technological development.
Categories were open to all exhibitors at the show, with entries judged by an international panel of qualified experts who represented the food processing and packaging industries, graphics experts, equipment suppliers, academia, the trade press, governmental, environmental and trade organisations.
This year’s awards were divided into seven categories: Most Innovative Food Ingredient (General); Most Innovative Health Ingredient; Top packaging Innovation (Creativity/Design); Most Innovative Processing Solution; Top Futuristic Technology “Future in Focus”; Top Food Safety Initiative/Technology; and Environmental Award of the Year.
The transparent and highly-regulated judging process based its decisions on four main criteria. Innovation/originality focused on the integration of new technology, the creativity level during development processes, and transferability. Efficiency/cost reduction looked at an increase in quality, reduction in waste, clean and efficient energy consumption and increased production and/or distribution efficiency. Health & environmental focused on the concepts of sustainability, wholesomeness, clean, health and benefits for the greater good. And customer centric examined marketability, commercialisation and success rate.
Handary SA, the shelf life specialists from Belgium, collected the award for ‘Top Food Safety Initiative/Technology’ for its Fixolor™ Malolactic Enzyme, a natural alternative to artificial colour stabilisers such as citric acid and nitrate. The Fixolor™ colour retention agent combine all-natural ranges of known ingredients to increase colour stability.
The team returned to the stage for second time to collect the ‘Top Packaging Innovation Award’ for its Antipack™ Bio-degradable Active Antifungal film. This innovation helps to potentially triple shelf life, resulting in more efficient and productive operations for food producers, while meeting the needs of consumers for environmentally-friendly packaging.
“These awards show that we are on the right track with our innovations and show these products are really needed. The Fixolor answers the needs of consumers who want to stop using nitrate and this recognition shows our packaging is important – manufacturers need it, consumers need it. It is bio-degradable and good for the environment,” said Fernando Plaza, Sales Manager, at Handary SA.
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