The IFE is the UK’s largest and most important food and drink trade event held every two years. This year, the event was visited by 29,000 buyers for 1,350 exhibitors from 57 countries. The IFE is co-located with Pro2Pac and Waste-Works. The former is the UK's only packaging event designed exclusively for the food & drink sector, with the latter being the only waste & sustainability event for the food & drink industry. Together, the event covered the entire supply chain within the food and drink industry from “farm to fork to fertilizer to fuel” as they put it.
The World Food Innovation Awards 2017, hosted at the IFE this year, saw 265 entries from 29 countries, across 23 categories. Here’s a list of our personal favorites from the event that would make cooking at home much, much easier (and in some cases, unnecessary).
1. Juiced Onions by Onion Jo Ltd.
Peeling, slicing and cooking onions is probably one of the most hated chores in the kitchen for everyone who has ever cooked. Onion Jo’s concept of juiced onions in a bottle takes all of that work away, keeping the flavors intact. The product won the Best food concept category, and deservedly so!
2. CP Foods UK – Taste Inc. 100% Chargrilled Chicken Fillet
These ready to eat chargrilled drumsticks is every college students’ dream. The item was nominated as a finalist for the Best Food Concept and Best Snacking Innovation categories.
3. Tuk in Foods – Curry in a Naan
Tuk in Foods is a small Indian street food company run by Tom and Sanjay, who want to make delicious Indian street cooking accessible and easy-to-eat for people all over the world. Curry in a naan is a ready to eat meal package that contains Indian curries wrapped up in a naan bread and sealed. Currently, they have three types on the market – Tikka, Korma and Jalfrezi. These ready to eat meals are extremely convenient and filling for people who are always on the go and deservingly won the ‘Best Convenience Food Innovation’.
4. Coco & Lucas’ Kitchen – Junior Foodies Frozen Meals
Coco and Lucas’ Kitchen is run by an Australian mother of two and the meals are “created for Australia’s junior foodies – it contains all natural foods, with no chemicals, and is completely lactose and gluten free.” The frozen meals look delicious and extremely convenient for stocking up on when things get busy, whether you’re a junior foodie or not. The best part is, they’ve got tons of options too!
5. Holy Lama Naturals – Spice Drops
This was an entry all the way from India. Holy Lama Naturals is an essential oils business, who have recently ventured into creating these Spice Drops. The spice drops are highly concentrated flavoring, meaning just a small drop can go a long way. If made available on a large scale, these could potentially revolutionize the way we use spices – making it more convenient and hassle free. No more buying packets and coming home to realize you don’t have any jars left, no more dusting the kitchen counter for spillovers.