Each year finalists, representing breakthrough solutions across food ingredient, packaging, agriculture, and processing applications, are chosen to share their innovations in a high-profile pitching competition at IFT’s Annual Event to a panel of prestigious judges.
Two awards are given, the IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ with a $25,000 prize selected by the six judges, and the IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ People’s Choice Award with a $5,000 award selected by the session audience.
En Solucion Inc.
Designs innovative technology and methods to improve the efficacy, environmental impact, and expense of existing postharvest wash processes.
Disrupts the way consumers obtain produce by converting highly perishable goods to non-perishable pods through an IoT enabled device.
Chinova Bioworks Inc.
Developed a new, natural, clean label preservative extracted from mushrooms called chitosan.
Develops products and ingredient solutions exploiting the East African Highland green cooking banana.
Developed a breakthrough technology for fast detection of dangerous bacteria (E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) for the food industry.
Advance International, Inc.
Believe in Bambara
Chinova Bioworks Inc.
Cowboy Cricket Farms
En SoluciÃ³n Inc.
Persea Naturals LLC
Redefine Meat (by Jet-Eat)
C-Fu Foods – an ingredient innovation company developing the next generation of insect-based, value-added food ingredients. The company’s goal is to support the emerging insect food sector with high quality functional ingredients that solve the technical challenges that limit the use of insects in food.
Inductive Intelligence – a packaging technology company that makes it possible to safely and conveniently heat foods and drinks in disposable package, using the same device you use to charge your mobile phone battery.
Nebullam – a food technology company providing new vertical farmers with High Pressure Aeroponic systems, powered by artificial intelligence.
Rise Products – a food technology company that uses a patent-pending process to convert organic by-products into healthy, tasty, and sustainable food products, starting by turning spent barley from brewers into flour.
Re-Nuble – an agricultural technology company that uses an inexpensive, patent-pending process to transform food waste into chemical-free, organic nutrients for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation.