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Celebrating distinctive and ground-breaking ingredients

Food Matters Live introduces…

The Future Ingredients Competition

The Food Matters Live first ever Future Ingredients Competition has been designed to recognise the innovation in the ingredient sector and celebrate ingredients that are truly distinctive and ground-breaking.

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

Entry to the Future Ingredients 2021 Competition is now closed and the shortlist, along with the winner, have now been announced below.

The Future
Ingredients winner

Congratulations to the winner of
the Future Ingredients Competition 2021!

Alessandro Boggiani Winner Future Ingredients Competition

X-TRA Guard – Millbo Srl

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

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

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 its products, raw materials, and ingredient production.

The shortlisted winners

Congratulations to the shortlisted ingredients companies!

The competition judges

An expert panel of industry-leading judges, all hosting a wealth of knowledge from industry standards to current ingredient trends.

Meet the judges

Photo of Carole Bingley - Featured Speaker and Judge at Food Matters Live

Carole Bingley

Technical Specialist, Reading Scientific Services Ltd

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Nick Bennett

Technical Director, Chrysalis Health & Beauty

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Holly Roper

Health & Nutrition Communications Officer, Quorn Foods

Photo of Suzanne Davies - Featured Judge at Food Matters Live

Suzanne Davies

Scientist – Portfolio Transformation & Pipeline, PepsiCo

Photo of Dr Sally Moore - Featured Judge at Food Matters Live

Dr Sally Moore

Lecturer in Nutritional Science, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds

Photo of Sophie Globe - Featured Judge at Food Matters Live

Sophie Globe

Innovation Controller, Greencore Prepared Meals

The benefits of being shortlisted…

What is the criteria?


You are a supplier of natural, better for you, functional and sustainable ingredients


You’ve launched a new ingredient into the UK or EU markets since January 1, 2020


You can demonstrate your ingredient’s nutritional, sustainable, or functional credentials

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Terms and conditions

*The promotion is in no way sponsored or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. By participating in this contest, you agree to a complete release of liability of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, who is not affiliated with this promotion. You understand that you are providing your information to the Contest Sponsor and not to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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