Sial Canada's 10 trends and innovations finalists announced

4/25/2012

With a record number of entries–some 60 companies submitted 100 products for judging, Sial Canada announced the 10 finalists in the 5th annual Trends and Innovations contest today.

Chairman of the jury, Xavier Terlet from XTC World Innovation said,"The 10 products that have been selected truly demonstrate a combination of innovation and modernity."

The panel of judges was adamant about selecting products with serious market appeal.

In addition, the judges also appreciated the determination 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.

The top 10 products described below will all have the honour of sporting the "SIAL Canada Trends & Innovations 2012" seal of recognition, though only one will receive the Grand Prize Winner title to be announced May 9, 2012 at the Agri-Food Export gala dinner.

The 10 finalists are:

Line of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil products in a spray bottle (Maison Orphée – Canada)
Flavored extra virgin olive oil in a spray bottle. Great for basting or marinating poultry, meat and fish. The products ease of use and modern packaging is what caught the eyes of the judges.

Maple Pearls (Citadelle – Canada)
Jellied maple pearls containing pure maple syrup was selected for its contemporary twist on a traditional product.

Gourmet caramel spread in several varieties (Vergers Duhaime – Canada)
Caramel spreads in mouthwatering flavours like butter & rum and maple & sea salt, noted for their originality and sophisticated recipes.

Maple sap water (de l’Aubier – Canada)
Natural still water stemmed from maple sap, that is separated from its sugars to keep only the water. An original and unique concept for a natural product.

Greek-style probiotic yogurt (Skotidakis Goat Farm – Canada)
A fat free, Greek, probiotic yogurt. A good source of protein per serving. A new product on the emerging North American dairy market.

Le Complait without lactose– milk beverage (Nutrinor – Canada)
An enriched dairy product with probiotics and prebiotics that is suitable for the lactose-intolerant. This was selected due to the increasing demand for lactose-intolerant products for the market place.

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 (pictured above).

Anti +  (Novidev Santé Activ - Canada)
Fruit drink with bioactive compounds intact. No additives or preservatives.

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.

These 10 finalists will be showcased at SIAL Canada hosted in the Palais de Congres in Montreal from May 9 to 11, 2012, as well as at SIAL Paris from October 21 to 25, 2012.

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