CHICAGO—At the 2018 IFT Food Expo, the IFT awarded three companies with its Innovation Award: Handary S.A., Kancor Ingredients Ltd., and Novolyze, each providing solutions to current food issues and trends involving safety, product quality and extended shelf-life.
“Now in its 12th year, the Food Expo Innovation awards program is a showcase for amazing advancements in our profession,” stated IFT president-Elect Designate Pam Coleman. “Exclusive to companies exhibiting at the IFT18 Food Expo here in Chicago, these awards honor outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, technologies, instrumentation, equipment, and services that were commercially introduced since January 1 of 2017.”
Eleven jurors selected the three companies and its innovations from 42 qualified entries. Judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit.
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- Handary S.A. won the 2018 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award for its Antipack Active Antifungal Biodegradable Film. The film prevents the growth of mold with the gradual release of fermented sugars from the film to the surface of solid foods such as semi and hard cheeses and dried sausages during its shelf-life. The film is biodegradable and recyclable, and uses an advanced controlled-released technology to combine poly lactic acid, fermented sugars, food cultures and fungal chitosan.
- Kancor Ingredients Ltd. won for its OxiKan CL – Natural Antioxidant Solution, a rosemary-based ingredient that extends the shelf-life of products without imparting color, flavor or aroma—even at dosages up to 400 ppm. Available in water-soluble and oil-soluble versions, the natural liquid extract can be best used for products sensitive to aroma, color and flavor, including specialty fats, omega-3 fortified products, popcorn, and beverages.
- Novolyze was awarded an award for its SurroNov Dried, Ready-to-Use Surrogate Bacteria, a harmless microorganism that mimics the inactivation of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and coli under different kinds of stress. Due to its safe-to-use format, it can be used at the processing plant or pilot scale to test the efficacy of microbial kill steps and intervention steps such as extrusion, pasteurization, drying and roasting.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of 17,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. For more information, visit www.ift.org.