Functional foods finalists for 2018 SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Award - image gallery

A plant-based pizza made with ancient grains, smoked mozzarella, veggies and meat substitutes that packs 16 g of protein and a frozen ramen bowl containing hearty broth, antibiotic-free organic chicken, bok choy, chiles and fermented bean paste are among the top five products vying for the 2018 CPG Editor’s Choice Award in Functional Foods.

With dynamic speakers, unique programming, expert panel discussions and workshops, and a vibrant exhibit hall, SupplySide West is the go-to event for natural products professionals. The creative collaborations and innovative ingredients that are a hallmark of the event are also the driving force behind the thriving marketplace. Now in its 7th year, the SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards recognizes some of the coolest new launches of consumer packaged goods (CPG) products in nearly 30 categories.

Functional foods deliver health benefits extending beyond basic nutrition. Functionality can result from value-added ingredients, such as vitamins; or benefits inherent within ingredients, such as naturally occurring antioxidants in fruit. Since 2009, a twofold increase of consumers believe consuming fortified foods is important in maintaining their health. The challenge for formulators is to produce great-tasting functional foods and beverages while overcoming issues such as undesirable flavors and textures that may result from the use of certain natural ingredients. As evidenced from the amount of entries in the Functional Food category, the innovation in this sector is exploding and providing consumers with healthful and tasty foods.

One winner in each category will be announced on the SupplySide Central Stage at SupplySide West 2018, held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The functional food winners will be revealed Friday, Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Click the following link to learn more about the networking event or to register for SupplySide West.

A display case showcasing all the finalists’ products will be available in the Expo Hall. View the full list of ECA categories and finalists here.

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