Innovators take the floor

Innovators take the floor

In an industry with no shortage of visionaries, this year’s 18 Kitchen Innovation and three dozen Food and Beverage (FABI) Award winners set new sky high standards for everything that matters – marketability, creativity and profit potential. Highlights from these imaginative innovators who are setting the pace for tomorrow’s kitchens:

  • Condiments that are shaking up the status quo include Salt for Life Stick and Canister from Diamond Crystal Brands combines potassium and sodium salts for a product with 50 percent less sodium than traditional table salt, improving nutritional profiles with no sacrifice in taste; Sevillo Fine Food’s Slow Roasted Tomato Sofrito is a time saver that’s ready to play as a sauce, spread or base; and Colonel Pabst’s Worcestershire Sauce is a small batch delight from one of beer’s pioneering companies.
  • Gluten Free is still trending, and pizza is on the table with Venice Bakery’s gluten-free dough ball packaged in individual bags to reduce cross-contamination risk and Wild Flour Bakery’s gluten free pizza dough that can also be repurposed for calzones, bread sticks, sweet rolls. Also worth a munch are Franz Bakery’s Brazi Bites, made with naturally gluten-free tapioca flour.
  • Sweet as can be, with butter tarts and salted caramel tarts from The Eli’s Cheesecake Company that are beyond decadent; Sweet Street’s Manifesto Bake-Off Cookies, handcrafted and responsibly made with cage-free eggs and sustainable chocolate; Mike’s Hot Honey, featuring a wildly irresistible combo of New York-sourced honey and chili peppers from Brazil.
  • Slaking the thirst for the new, the different and the organic was SIPP eco beverage co., with a line of crafted drinks at the intersection of traditional soda and sparkling water, and Rishi Tea’s kegged craft-brewed line combining organic teas and botanicals with micro-brewing and cold-brewing techniques.
  • Not sitting on their leadership laurels are Coca-Cola Company, which rolled out its Barrilitos Aguas Frescas collection to a never ending line of parched attendees, and PepsiCo Foodservice with a premium line of Stubborn Soda, unabashedly taking the flavor palate to unexpected places with black cherry-tarragon and lemon berry-acai mixtures.
  • High tech cleaning from Meiko with a dishwasher combining wash and rinse functions and a reverse osmosis system to deliver a promised ‘clean like you’ve never seen,’ and Hobart’s warewasher which uses waste heat to preheat incoming water and reduces use of nature’s most precious resource.
  • Easy does it with Rational’s self-cooking center, a combi that’s shrunk down to fit in small spaces with all the features of its larger cousin; Blendtec stirred it up, but quietly, with its Stealth jarless blending system, for smoothies and shakes straight into the cup; and Panasonic’s induction cooktop that works even with aluminum cookware.

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