DSM's TensGuard won the coveted gold medal at this year's Health Ingredients Awards held at Health Ingredients Europe in Paris, France.
"We are delighted to have won," said Luc van der Heyden, business manager heart health, DSM. "It's been a real team effort, drawing on science, marketing and regulatory expertise."
The judging panel of the industry luminaries included representatives from Unilever, Danone and Kellogs. After an afternoon of tough deliberation, they announced that TensGuard was the most innovative ingredient of 2008.
The silver award went to Kemin Health Europe for its Slendesta potato extract.
"This award recognises the effort we have put into developing a product that is scientifically proven and offers customers a sign of our commitment to developing high-quality, effective and safe products," commented Samanta Maci, the company's technical service manager.
Bronze was awarded to Brudy Technology's antioxidant ingredient Algatrium. "This is a very important endorsement for our product," said Angeles de Broro, director of communication. "We're a technology company and have been working on this for 8 years — we now have the momentum to go to the market with it."
The first day of Health Ingredients Europe & Natural Ingredients 2008 was one of the busiest on record (official visitor numbers will be released after the show as HiE and Ni is independently audited). "Health ingredients are now in the mainstream," said Greg Cherry, Even Director. "Unsurprisingly, interest in our show is at an all-time high. The amount of raw purchasing power at the show is in excess of € 630bn."
It was also announced today that Hi Europe & Ni 2010 will take place on 16-18 November 2010 in Madrid, Spain. "We're very excited about the move here, as Spain is one of the fastest growing functional food markets in the world," said Greg Cherry.