The Spirit of Innovation Award is designed to recognize product development teams for excellence in creating an innovative new product. The winners are acknowledged for each step of the process: from ideation and development to design, creation and launch of the product.

The Spirit of Innovation Award is co-sponsored by Prepared Foods and Ventura Foods. Created back in 2003 by Prepared Foods, the award has a history of recognizing landmark food and beverage product launches. In addition to being rewarded for true excellence in innovation and outstanding teamwork, these winners have received priceless worldwide exposure.

Come to the New Products Conference ( Sept. 27-30 in Palm Beach, Fla., to meet, greet and eat – and see who wins awards for product development teamwork and creativity!


Hummus Plus
Pure Mediterranean Foods, Elk Grove Village, Ill., believes that hummus is no longer just a dip or snack—and that’s why the company created what it says is an “all-new meal occasion.” Its new Hummus Plus product pairs flavorful hummus with seasoned chicken in a unique, all-in-one package.

M&M’s Crispy
Mars’ new M&M’S Crispy addresses two key trends: consumer interest calorie-controlled snacks (under 200 calories) and new textures.

Skinny Batches
Skinny Batches, Beverly Hills, Calif., created three new ready-to-bake, freezer-to-oven pastries with all real ingredients. Each portion contains fewer than 200 calories for a satisfying, no-guilt snack.

Inspired by Happiness Cakes
Canada’s Original Cakerie, Delta, BC, knows that foodservice operator customers and their consumer patrons are looking for more gluten-free options on the menu. The Original Cakerie developed two gluten-free cakes to address this trend: Dreamin’ of Chocolate and Dreamin’ of Strawberries.

Mrs. Friday’s Jambalaya Fritters
Addressing restaurant patron’s growing interest in small plates and shareable appetizers, King & Prince Seafood, Brunswick, Ga., created three new items, including Mrs. Friday’s Tavern Battered Jambalaya Fritters. Product developers found a way to make this craveable Cajun dish more poppable and portable.

Maple Bacon Gelato
GS Gelato, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., pairs popular flavors. “Combining the flavors of maple and bacon in a frozen confection is journey into the exquisite flavor pairing of salty and sweet—using ingredients not found in any other product of its kind in the marketplace,” the company says.

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