Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) named CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, as the winner of the 2019 Fi Innovation Award in the Diversity & Inclusion category. Innovation Award winners in 11 distinct categories were announced during a Dec. 3 ceremony at the FiE industry conference and exposition in Paris.

Presented to CP Kelco’s Didier Viala, president, and Sophie Moyal, senior vice president of human resources, the Fi Innovation Award for Diversity & Inclusion recognizes an organization for creating a work environment that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of gender, race, religious background, sexual orientation and physical or mental ability.

“We are truly thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award and recognition for our achievements and ongoing work to embrace Diversity & Inclusion across our global organization,” Viala said. “As part of the J.M. Huber Corporation, a family-owned company, we operate each day with Diversity & Inclusion at the heart of our CP Kelco brand—it’s core to how we engage our employees, and it’s critical to how we serve our customers.”

Viala added that innovation and problem-solving with customers come from a culture of inclusion. “We’re able to achieve meaningful engagement by welcoming employees’ and customers’ ideas, then taking the best of them to develop the most effective solutions that meet customers’ needs,” Viala said. “CP Kelco’s launch during FiE of our latest innovative ingredient, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber, has been the result of being fully committed to inclusion and close collaboration across our cross-functional, cross-cultural global team along with our external partners worldwide.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, CP Kelco employs nearly 2,000 people globally and serves customers in more than 100 countries.