There is always excitement amongst the foodie community every time a new product announcement is made. Even more exciting is when 10 are made. The finalists of BSA Food Ingredients' Trends & Innovations Contest were recently revealed, lauding 10 unique and creative food items vying for the grand prize title and "SIAL Canada Trends & Innovations 2012" seal of recognition. The products were selected by the grand jury in Montreal based on their innovation and modernity, as well as their ability to hold serious market appeal and sell. It was definitely inspiring to see a handful of small producers who thought outside the box and let their creativity bring them to a level in which they were able to compete with multinational food giants. Here are our notable 5 from the finalists:
Gourmet caramel spread in several varieties (Vergers Duhaime – Canada, pictured above)
Caramel spreads in mouthwatering flavours like butter & rum and maple & sea salt, noted for their originality and sophisticated recipes.
Maple Pearls (Citadelle – Canada)
Jellied maple pearls containing pure maple syrup was selected for its contemporary twist on a traditional product.
Basilur Winter Book (Basilur Tea – Sri Lanka, represented by Global Business Network - Canada)
Tea in a book shaped package chosen for its original packaging
Effet Bleu frozen treat (Opti Bleu inc. – Canada)
Blueberry juice ice bar. The product contains 90% blueberry juice and is rich in antioxidants.
Ninette Ice Cream varieties (Ninette Ice Cream – Canada)
A range of ice cream with original flavours such as thyme & lemon, raspberry truffle, and crunchy gingerbread. Noted for their interesting recipes, intriguing flavours and textures.
The grand prize winner of the contest will be announced on May 9th, 2012 at the Agri-Food Export gala dinner. For the full prouduct showcase, click here. What's your favourite?