Vegetarian Shiitake Dumpling & Prawn Hargow, Native Fruit Extracts, and Hum Honey Cold Fusion are among the winners of Fine Food Australia's Best New Product Awards.

The awards recognise the most outstanding products to have launched in the food industry in the last twelve months, and demonstrate a high level of innovation and quality, and final entries had exceeded 400, organisers said.

“This year we’ve seen key trends such as health, sustainability, and technology – including robotics - reflected in the new products that were entered. Although there can only be a handful of winners, these Awards are a great showcase of all that is groundbreaking and innovative in our industry,” event director and awards host Minnie Constan said.

Winners of the 2018 Best New Product Awards are:

Best New Retail Product
Vegetarian Shiitake Dumpling & Prawn Hargow by Tasman Foods
Retail Runner up 1: Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm AmazeBalls
Retail Runner up 2: Sugar Free-zies by The No Nasties Icicle Project

Vegetarian Shiitake Dumpling & Prawn Hargow

Best New Foodservice Product
Native Fruit Extracts by Australian Superfood Co
Foodservice Runner up 1: Anchor UHT Whipping Cream 12x1L by Fonterra Foodservice
Foodservice Runner up 2: Blue Fetta by The Riverina Dairy

Native Fruit Extracts

Best New Australian Made Product
Hum Honey Cold Fusion by Hum Honey
Australian Made Runner up 1: The Good Seed Coconut Kefir by The Good Seed
Australian Made Runner up 2: Temptag Pro by Barista Supplies

Best New Hospitality Equipment Product
ShowLab by Florentia
Hospitality Equipment Runner up 1: UC-M I Excellence by Winterhalter
Hospitality Equipment Runner up 2: ActiveCore TME1000-A by SKOPE Industries Limited

Best New Bakery Product
Nuovair Professional Blast Chillers by La Nuovagel
Bakery Runner up 1: Salva Iverpan FCX20 Retarder by Vanrooy Machinery
Bakery Runner up 2: Softgrain Sprouted Rye by Puratos Australia-New Zealand



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