January 28, 2023

2021 Innobev awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2021 InnoBev Awards have been published today. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11 May in a virtual awards ceremony during the 2021 UK Soft Drinks Conference.

The fifth annual awards are organised by the food and drink experts Zenith Global, with category sponsorship from Salomons & Partners. Celebrating the best in innovation across the global soft drinks industry, this year’s awards attracted a record 180 entries worldwide across 13 award categories.

The finalists and winners have been selected by an eminent panel of independent judges representing all corners of the global industry.

“We are witnessing a new wave of innovation this year,” commented Zenith Global Chairman Richard Hall. “Consumers want new promise. Companies are becoming more targeted. This year’s record number of entries highlight six emerging themes:

·         Adult social beverages – from premium soft drinks to no and low alcohol alternatives, particularly ready to drink pre-mixes.

·         Sparkling water plus – notably seltzers, but also sodas and tonics.

·         Functionality – especially for immunity and defence, but also for extra energy, wider health and wellbeing.

·         Cans – as an alternative to PET and in their own right, with great design impact.

·         Home delivery – offering dedicated secondary packaging to enhance the home delivery experience.

·         Technology – such as touch free vending and home dispense advances.”

The Finalists

Best Low/No Sugar Drink

·         Chicago Beverage LLC – Ésse Water

·         Get More Vits – Get More Vits

·         The GUTsy Captain Company – The GUTsy Captain Kombucha Zero

·         Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc – B1U Enhanced Flavored Water Beverages

·         Vitalize Labs LLC dba EBOOST – SUPER FUEL

Best Functional Drink

·         Ascent Protein – Ascent Recovery Water

·         Biotiful Dairy – Biotiful Kefir Shots

·         InnoBev Ltd – BioLift

·         Tera Food and Beverage Co Ltd – QminC

·         The Fungtional Brew Company – Fungtn: Adaptogenic, alcohol free craft beer

Best Premium Drink

·         Caleño   – Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit

·         Fulfill Food & Beverage dba Karuna Beverages – Karuna Beverages

·         GEMELLii Drinks GmbH – GEMELLii Drinks

·         Nestlé – NESCAFE NATIV Cascara

·         Sea Arch Drinks Ltd – Sea Arch Drinks

·         Visible PR – Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Best CBD/Hemp Drink

·         AVER – Boost CBD Drink (25mg)

·         Cannasa Ltd – Cannasa

·         CENTR Brands Corp – CENTR Sugar Free 30mg CBD Sparkling Drink

·         INTUNE Drinks – Fruit and botanical sparkling CBD drinks

·         Maria & Craigs – Maria & Craig’s CBD Botanical Spirit

·         TRIP – CBD Infused Drinks

Best in Can

·         Aqua ViTea Kombucha – Aqua ViTea Kombucha

·         PepsiCo – Lipton Pop Art

·         PepsiCo – Pepsi Culture Can LTO – Mexico

·         San Pellegrino Essenza – Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA

·         Visible PR – Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Best in Glass

·         GEMELLii Drinks GmbH – GEMELLii Drinks

·         Gusto Organic Ltd – Gusto Sicilian Lemon with Yuzu

·         Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc – B1U Enhanced Flavored Water Beverages

·         Waterlogic International – Purezza Premium Water “Petalosa” Re-usable

·         Zuddha Water Limited – Zuddha Alkaline Water

Best in PET

·         Angel Revive Ltd – Angel Revive Positive Health wtr

·         Fulfill Food & Beverage dba Karuna Beverages – Karuna Beverages

·         Nirvana Water Sciences Corp – Nirvana HMB

·         PepsiCo – LIFEWTR S1 Arte Sin Fronteras – Mexico

·         PepsiCo – PepsiCo 2L PET Bottle Redesign

Best Packaging / Label Design

·         Alzamora Group – LatCub Premium

·         Angel Revive Ltd – Angel Revive Positive Health wtr

·         Crown Packaging – Efes Natakhtari

·         Rockman 140 LLC – Mirth Sparkling Water

·         San Pellegrino Essenza – Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA

Best Marketing/Social Media Campaign

·         Capri Sun AG – Capri-Sun Bubbles

·         Connelly Partners – Defiant Water

·         PepsiCo – Out Here It’s Dew

·         San Pellegrino TOILETPAPER – Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA

·         The Naked Collective – DAP So.Beer

Best Technology Innovation sponsored by Salomons & Partners

·         impacX (formerly Water.io) – Water.io Reusable Bottle

·         Tera Food and Beverage Co Ltd – QminC

·         The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co – The Pinter

·         PepsiCo – SodaStream Professional

·         Waterlogic International – Purezza Premium Water “Petalosa” Re-usable

Best New Brand

·         GEMELLii Drinks GmbH – GEMELLii Drinks

·         InnoBev Ltd – BioLift

·         Skinny Drinks Group – Skinny Tonic

·         The Naked Collective – Mude

·         Vitalize Labs LLC dba EBOOST – SUPER FUEL

Best Brand Extension

·         Capri Sun AG – Capri-Sun Bubbles

·         Nestlé – NESCAFE NATIV Cascara

·         San Pellegrino Essenza – Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA

·         Skinny Drinks Group – Emoji DRNK

·         The Coca-Cola Company – Simply Almond

Best New Drink Concept

·         Maria & Craigs – Maria & Craig’s CBD Botanical Spirit

·         Nestlé – NESCAFE NATIV Cascara

·         Reed’s Inc – Reed’s® Zero Sugar Classic Mule

·         Shine Drink – Shine+ Nootropic Drink 330ml Range

·         Tera Food and Beverage Co Ltd – QminC

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