The 8th National competition for eco-innovative food products ECOTROPHELIA 2018 took place on June 26th 2018, in Athens with great success. Innovation and the new generation were the big winners of the competition, that is organized by the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries since 2011. All participant teams presented distinct products, with innovative characteristics and environmental friendly. The team of the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly / Food Technology Dpt. was the first winner, that will also represent Greece at the European ECOTROPHELIA Competition, that will take place in Paris, on 21-23/10/2018, in the context of “SIAL 2018” Food Expo.
The winners of this year’s competition were:
- 1st award, the product “Chestnicks: Gluten-free cookies made of organic chestnut flour with chocolate chips and inulin”
- 2nd award, the product “YOGON: an instant yoghurt smoothie with long life and various flavors”
- Two products shared the 3rd place: “Grioche: a brioche type bakery product with replaced animal lipid, protein, sugar, wheat flour and palm oil” & “Herbaqua: an enriched aquatic product of Greek origin”
Two honorary awards were also foreseen: the product “Pyra-Meal: an indulgent, eco-friendly ambient stable RTE product, reflecting of the Mediterranean Diet” won the award for the “Best Presentation”, while the product “Bee’s Knees: a functional, energy boosting, organic honeycomb cubes of high nutritional value” won the award for the “Best Commercial & Marketing Plan”.
For many years now, the competition ECOTROPHELIA successfully achieves to bring together students, teachers, researchers and professionals of the food sector and to become a source of innovative ideas for the Food Industry, in order to respond to new consumer needs.