Top innovations at ISM 2022

Top innovations at ISM 2022

A unique cocoa praline from Confiserie Vandenbulcke, seaweed crisps from Mitsuba and vegan toffees from Arna Falco just took out the top three Most Innovative Product awards at ISM in Cologne, Germany.

The New Product Showcase is a special exhibition on the Central Boulevard of the trade fair with 45 display windows, showcasing over 50 products from more than 30 exhibitors from 11 nations.

The top innovations were selected by an independent jury of experts from the industry, trade and science.

The top 3 Innovations of ISM 2022 are:

1. Confiserie Vandenbulcke with “Cabosse” from Belgium

2. Mitsuba with “Mitsuba Seaweed Crisps” from the Netherlands

3. Arna Falco with “Toffee Noir” from Spain

Confiserie Vandenbulcke from Belgium achieved first place in this year’s New Product Showcase Award as the jury was impressed by how holistically the whole cocoa fruit was brought to life in a praline. According to the jury, the Belgian chocolatiers succeeded in capturing the taste essence of a cocoa pod with all its nuances in a fruity, chocolatey way in the Cabosse filling, thus creating a new taste experience for pralines. By using the whole fruit organically, not only is there less waste, but the nutrients and minerals are also preserved, giving Cabosse its unique taste. 

Seaweed is a traditional ingredient in Asian cuisine. But how do you turn this exotic ingredient into an enjoyable, crunchy, spicy snack? The snack specialists from Mitsuba have impressively demonstrated this in combination with sea salt, paprika or wasabi and without the use of palm oil and flavour enhancers and were rewarded by the jury with second place.

How does a “traditional chocolate toffee” manage to win an innovation prize? That’s what the Spanish toffee specialists from Arna Falco showed at this year’s ISM. The result: a wonderfully soft toffee with a deep chocolate note. This toffee, rolled in tender cocoa powder, is not only an experience for chocolate and toffee lovers, but also a great vegan alternative made from tiger nut milk – a new generation of vegan toffee enjoyment.

The award ceremony took place in Cologne at the exclusive ISM Dinner on Sunday, 30 January 2022.

ISM is presenting around 1,100 exhibitors from 56 countries this year. The trade fair is exclusively open to trade visitors.

ProSweets Cologne – the international supplier fair for the sweets and snacks industry is running alongside ISM with more than 200 companies (production, packing and ingredients) presenting their products in Cologne.

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