SIAL Canada unveils the top 10 finalists for the 2023 SIAL Innovation Competition

SIAL Canada unveils the top 10 finalists for the 2023 SIAL Innovation Competition

SIAL Innovation 2023: Unveiling the Top 10 Finalists

On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, North America’s largest food innovation trade showSIAL Canada, unveiled the top ten finalists for its annual 2023 SIAL Innovation Competition. The SIAL Innovation is one of four international competitions held within the three-day tradeshow that recognizes global innovations and food trends in the food and beverage industry. While the ten finalists were introduced at an exclusive lunch event on Tuesday, the winners will be announced during SIAL on May 9 at 10:45 AM at the Enercare Centre in downtown Toronto.
These finalists exemplified this year’s theme, “Own the Change.” This theme was chosen because our food system needs a massive overhaul in order to feed the world sustainably. Jo-Ann McArthur, this year’s grand jury president and food innovation expert, explained that the finalists had developed a new product that helps us progress towards sustainability and provides a further advantage to Canadian consumers in terms of enjoyment, health, or convenience. Our product range includes items for individual customers, food service, and packaging, such as healthier and more environmentally-friendly versions of classic snacks, ready-to-eat formats that are more convenient, and ingredients that are functional or made from upcycled materials.”

These finalists were based on the following criteria:

  • The Product has been launched after April 2022
  • A new benefit is brought to the consumer, distributor, or restaurant owner—an advantage in health/form, pleasure, practicality, and ethics.
  • Added value to the recipe, manufacturing process, packaging, and marketing positioning

In no particular order, here are the top ten SIAL Innovation 2023 Finalists:

  • Stir Cauliflower Rice (Casa Verde – Danper Trujillo S.A.C.)Shaped Aluminum Bottles (Kat – Kingston Aluminum Technology)
  • Cold Pressed Cocktail Mixers (La Presserie)
  • Plant-based Egg Substitutes – White, Yolk, Whole (Yumgo by Alternative Kitchen LOC Industries Inc.)
  • Frozen Superfood Tea (Millenia Tea Inc.)
  • Hemp Crush (Veggy Crush – Milzu! SIA)
  • Fibrepot
    (Green Bowl Foods – Revived Foods)
  • Functional Drink Ginger + Chamomile (The Healtea Inc.)
  • Roasted Chickpea Snacks – Dark Chocolate (Three Farmers)
  • Vacuum-dried Fruit Chips (Greencious – Tucan Holistic)

Four winners will be chosen from this list for the grand prizes and the special Own the Change prize. The top three Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will share different grants from Neilsen (a total value of $20,000) and receive a booth at SIAL Canada Montreal 2024 (for Gold and Silver winners). The Own the Change prize will be awarded a $3,750 discount at Mitacs (50% of their contribution) on one internship unit for an R&D project worth $15,000.
Other highlights of the event included a cocktail reception where guests enjoyed fabulous hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Erica Karbelnik, the winner of Top Chef Canada Season 9 and Executive Chef/ Co-owner of Karbs Catering and Private Events. The non-alcoholic beverages were provided by La Presserie and The Healthtea Inc. Guests also heard from Maëlle Rey-Maréchal, the Marketing and Special Operations Manager for SIAL Canada, who went into detail about the SIAL tradeshow and its action-packed agenda. Chef Erica shared with the guests that she will be leading a seminar/cooking demonstration called 
Maximizing Profit and Flavor, Mastering Cost-Effective Cooking, 
at the tradeshow on May 9, 10:30 – 11:15 AM ET. In this demonstration, she will showcase how to stretch minimal ingredients — which in this case will be a whole duck, pear, sunchoke, and radicchio— into multiple tasty dishes and, in turn, save money on groceries. She will also use products from the SIAL Innovation finalists in a quick-fire challenge.

About SIAL Canada
SIAL Canada is an integral part of the SIAL Network, the leading global network of shows dedicated to the food industry, with a total of ten shows that brings together 14,000 exhibitors and 330,000 visitors from 200 countries. This year’s SIAL Canada tradeshow will be held at the Enercare Centre from May 9- 11, 2023. For more information on SIAL Canada 2023, please visit sialcanada.com

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