And the winners are…find out who took the top prizes at the first NutraIngredients-Asia awards
The event took place last night (September 10) at Marina Bay Sands, on the eve of the Vitafoods Asia trade show.
An expert panel of 13 judges assessed the entries, initially whittling them down to a shortlist before picking the winner.
The victorious companies and individuals are:
Ingredient of the Year – Sports Nutrition
Ixoreal Biomed Inc. - KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root Extract
Ingredient of the Year – Weight Management
DuPont Nutrition & Health - HOWARU® Shape
Ingredient of the Year – Healthy Ageing
Algalif - Astalíf™ astaxanthin
Ingredient of the Year – Infant Nutrition
Fonterra - Anmum™ Essential with Nuelipid
Botanical Product of the Year
Pharmako Biotechnologies – HydroCurc
Probiotic Product of the Year
Bened Biomedical - Psychobiotic PS128
Start-up of the Year
Pharmako Biotechnologies - Pharmako Biotechnologies
Editors Award for Functional Food Innovation
Nutrinovate AB – Reserol Resveratrol Boosting Films
Nutrition Research Project of the Year
Blackmores Institute - Complementary Medicines Education (CMEd) program
Inger Reidun F. Aukrust Ph.D - Vice President R&D & Chemistry at Kappa Bioscience
NutraIngredients-Asia Editor-in-Chief Gary Scattergood said: "The awards were designed to recognise and celebrate the industry's biggest commercial successes, best product developments, and brightest research.
"It is a celebration of all that is great in our industry across Asia-Pacific and we had the honour of presenting nine awards to very deserving winners.
"As you might imagine, the sheer number of entries — and the high standards from all that entered — made the judging process incredibly difficult. That's why I'd like to thank our expert panel of judges, who spent many hours assessing and evaluating all of the entries in great detail.
"I'd also like to thank our sponsors, DuPont and Lallemand, for their fantastic backing of the event.
"Congratulations to the all of the companies shortlisted and, of course, to our well-deserving winners."