CHICAGO — Bavaria Corp., CSIRO and Weber Scientific were honored on July 17 with Innovation Awards at the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food expo, taking place July 16-20 in Chicago. The award-winning innovations focused on ingredient technologies, food safety and sustainability.
Bavaria Corp., Apopka, Florida, was honored for the development of it Bafos Veg ingredient system, which eliminates chemical nitrates in naturally cured meat products. The clean label ingredient works by utilizing the natural occurring nitrates in chard, spinach and acerola. It aids in retaining red and pink color in cured meats, according to the company. Acerola is an antioxidant that helps to improve shelf life and color retention.
“Now in its tenth year, the Food Expo Innovation Awards program is a showcase for amazing advancements in our profession,” said Mary Ellen Camire, immediate past president of the IFT. “Exclusive to companies exhibiting at the IFT16 Food Expo, these awards honor outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, technologies, instrumentation, equipment, and services that were commercially introduced since January 2015.”
A panel of eight jurors from industry, academia, and government selected the three companies and their innovations from 46 qualified entries. Judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit.