The application phase for the seventh Internorga Future Award is underway and competing firms now have until January 15, 2017 to enter or make recommendations, a press release said on October 11th. The award goes to forward-looking companies that pursue sustainable policies with a positive environmental impact. Over 200 entries were received in 2016 with ideas such as mobile canteens, crunchy snacks made of fruit and vegetables by a unique drying process, and mattresses and beds made from natural materials. The award is one of the most important honours in the restaurant and foodservice market, at both national and international level, and is presented in four categories.
Linking traditional means of production with innovative technologies
Vasco Emmanuel Kulke, CEO Cucumis GmbH, and the 2016 winner in the category Trendsetter Product – Food & Beverages, said: “The Future Award is something really special for us, as the first and most important award in this field. It has opened up our path into the industry, and helped us to establish our position in this fast growing market. Since then, our sales have grown by 300 per cent. Long may that continue!”
The categories are: “Trendsetter Company – Artisan” and honours companies such as butchers and bakers that combine their traditional manufacturing methods with innovative technologies and sustainable management. The category “Trendsetter Company – HORECA” targets companies in the hotel, restaurant and catering sectors. Such firms are encouraged to show how to combine business and sustainable management, for instance, by using environment friendly ingredients, resource and energy efficiency, or fair-trade.
New products and optimum work processes
Two other categories are also open to exhibitors at INTERNORGA: “Trendsetter Product – Food & Beverages” honours innovative food and beverages featuring organic ingredients or high quality and fair production conditions. “Trendsetter Product – Fittings & Equipment” honours smart solutions, which are long lasting and efficient to use and in terms of energy and materials. This category also includes technical innovations that optimise working processes and set new standards.
Companies can submit their applications or make recommendations up to January 15, 2017. An independent panel of judges selects the three finalists in each category. The winners will receive their award in March 2017 during a festive gala on the eve of INTERNORGA.
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