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Future Ingredients Competition 2021: winner announced

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AUTHOR: Stef Bottinelli
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In its first year, the Food Matters Live Future Ingredients Competition has been launched to celebrate ground-breaking ingredients and recognise innovations in the sector.

The competition recognises outstanding new ingredients that support innovation across the global food and nutrition sectors, and new formulations that can make a significant impact on mainstreaming nutritious and on sustainable and healthy diets.

The Future Ingredients Competition expert panel of industry-leading judges include: Carol Bingley, Sr. Associate Principal Scientist Product and Ingredient Innovation, RSSL; Nick Bennett, Technical Director, Chrysalis Health & Beauty; Holly Roper, Health & Nutrition Communications Officer, Quorn Foods; Suzanne Davies, Scientist – Portfolio Transformation & Pipeline, PepsiCo; Dr Sally Moore, Lecturer in Nutritional Science, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds and Sophie Globe, Innovation Controller, Greencore Prepared Meals.

The judges tested all the competition entries and after much deliberation, the panel has now announced the Future Ingredients Competition 2021 winner.

The winner of the Future Ingredients Competition will take part in the Table Talk podcast, with a worldwide audience of over 75,000 listeners, will appear in a winning video interview to be shared on the Food Matters Live weekly Ingredients newsletter and on Food Matters Live’s YouTube channel and will also be featured on the Food Matters Live website for at least six months, benefiting from the growing reach of Food Matters Live international food and drink community.

Food Matters Live and the panel of judges are proud to announce that the winner of the Future Ingredient 2021 competition is….


X-TRA Guard – Millbo Srl

Extracted from the Rowan Berry, X-TRA Guard by Millbo Srl Italian is natural preservative created to replace the use of chemical preservative Sorbic Acid.

X-TRA Guard is fully derived from the Rowanberry’s natural botanical compounds. The extraction of the preservative has been developed with precision to keep all the properties of the Rowan Berry. 

Launched in May 2021, X-TRA Guard meets the innovation needs outlined in the competition guidelines. The ingredient has been methodically developed by extracting and purifying the whole rowan berry, not just the oil, by using water extraction and filtration rather than chemicals, resulting in a product that is a clean natural botanical extract, with the effectiveness of a chemical.

X-TRA Guard contains natural sorbic acid and can be used in a variety of consumer goods, including carbonated low sugar drinks and sandwich fillers.

Millbo Srl is an Italian company based in Piedmont that specialises in innovative and natural baking solutions. Established 40 years ago, Millbo Srl is E-free and prides itself on the quality of their products, raw materials, and ingredient production.

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Mr Alessandro Boggiani, CEO of Millbo srl, poses with his award

Mr Alessandro Boggiani, CEO of Millbo srl, poses with his award

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Watch what the judges have to say about the winner

Given the high qualities of entries in the competition, the judges also commended two more ingredients for their innovation.

Highly commended:


SEPPIC‘s SEPIBLISS™ is a nutraceutical made with 100% virgin coriander seed oil created specifically for sensitive or reactive skin. The coriander oil is extracted without solvent and manufactured locally in the South West of France and SEPIBLISS™ is GMO free and made without additive nor preservatives.

Studies have shown that subjects taking SEPIBLISS™ had a 36% reduction in stress-induced skin redness vs placebo as well as four times less stress-induced itching sensations compared to placebo.

The product comes in in easy-to-swallow soft gel capsules or shots.

Capsiclear – Afede Wellness

Afede Wellness‘s Capsiclear Capsanthin, is an oral food supplement aimed at the eye health sector. Capsiclear Capsanthin protects the eyes from blue light as well as white, helps in the quick recovery from eye fatigue and photostress and helps manage eye pressure (IOP). Unlike most product for eye health which come in drop or ointment form,CapsiclearTM Capsanthin comes in a pill to be taken orally. The formulation uses capsanthin, a carotenoid found in red bell peppers, cayenne pepper and New Mexico chile pepper.

See the full Future Ingredients Competition 2021 shortlist.


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