Five vendor companies were given four Innovation Awards at July’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo.
Bunge North America (www.bungenorthamerica.com) won for its Phytobake Shortening with Phytosterols. The functional shortening for bakery applications enables the dilution of the amount of traditional hard fat or saturates and trans fats used in the plastic shortenings by up to 46 percent. Bakers using this ingredient can produce healthier sweet goods, such as cookies, pie crusts, and cakes.
Caravan Ingredients (www.caravaningredients.com) was honored for its Trancendim Emulsifiers for Zero Trans Shortening—a zero trans, reduced saturated fat alternative for structuring fats and oils that mimics or improves the melting behavior of common fat-based products. Applications include salad dressings, frying oils, margarines, and bakery products. Users can create better-for-you products without sacrificing taste or mouthfeel.
Handary SA (www.handary.com) was cited for its NisinA Natural Antimicrobial Agent, a vegetable-based natural product that can improve food safety by controlling foodborne pathogens, such as Clostridium botulinum, Listeria monocytogenes and Bacillus cereus. It also extends the shelf life of foods by controlling lactic acid bacteria and prevents the formation of bacteria due to high temperatures.
Bühler Barth AG (www.gw-barth.de) and Log5 Corp. (www.log5.com) were co-recipients for their Controlled Condensation Process Pasteurization Technology, which pasteurizes low-water-activity foods, such as tree nuts, peanuts, spices and grains, and preserves the natural quality of the food. The technology maintains thermal equilibrium conditions by controlling pressure, temperature, surface condensation and moisture levels.
Nine jurors from industry and government with broad expertise in research and product development, processing and packaging technology and food safety selected the five companies and their innovations from 56 qualified entries. Only companies exhibiting at the 2010 IFT Food Expo in Chicago were eligible. Judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit.