Confectionery series from around the world claim awards at yummex

An array of new confectionery launches from around the world including the UK, Italy, Germany and Russia have taken the honours at the yummex Middle East Innovation Awards 2019.

The awards, open to all exhibitors were judged by an independent panel and were revealed today at the all-new Munch! stage, an interactive conference series.

Russia’s United Confectioners Ltd (UniConf), claimed the ‘Best Chocolate Product’ for its new botanical ‘Eco’ bar, which also promotes health and wellness. The dark chocolate is flavoured with lemon and peppermint extract and is free of sugar, gluten and palm oil.

“It is an honour for us to win in an exhibition of this standing, which is very important for the entire confectionery industry,” said Alla Orlova, UniConf spokesperson. “This award will serve as the catalyst to continue innovating with all of our products.”

The award for Bakery Product was given to Italy’s Fiore di Puglia Srl for its new 100 per cent organic taralli cracker, which the independent judges believe is a “promising alternative to conventional taralli or crackers in general.” The vegan cracker uses only organic farm-to-table ingredients and comes in sustainable, recyclable packaging.

“It’s our first time participating at yummex Middle East, so to win this award is extra special. We hope this recognition will serve as the launch pad for our factory in this market as we continue our evolution in the region,” said Fiore di Puglia Srl spokesperson Salvatore Lizzio.

The accolade for ‘Best Hard & Soft Candy, meanwhile, went to the UK’s Valeo Confectionery for its vegan-friendly, Frulo Very Cherry Fizzies. The new “less guilt” candy, which the judges believe it fits well into current consumer trends, as they are made with a splash of fruit juice and have no artificial colours or flavours.

“It’s a winning combination. There’s the health approach and the fact that they are incredibly juicy and mouth-wateringly moreish,” said Valeo spokesperson Pauline Ollivier.

Germany’s PookSpaFoods GmbH snapped up the ‘Best Snack Product’ honour for its POOK Sticky Rice Chips, which the judges saw as “a novel alternative to potato chips.” The chips are made of sticky Thai rice, which is soaked in watermelon juice to act as a natural binder and include a touch of sweetness.

“I am really very happy to be the winner of the award, something that I actually did not expect. This gives me a good feeling, that my products meet the need of the market. After all the work and energy, I invest, this gives me the power for the next steps.” said Kanokporn Holtsch.

The innovation awards programme was once again a highlight of yummex Middle East, the MENA region’s leading sweets and snacks event, which ran parallel to Gulfood Manufacturing this week in Dubai.

“With sustainability and health awareness driving the food industry, sweets and snacks manufacturers are being forced to innovate more and faster in order to keep pace with the changing trends. The result, as we have seen with these awards is a sector that as a collective is very much in touch with new consumer-drive market forces,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC.


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