FROZEN! dti Innovation Award supported by AFC and anuga

In 2023, the German Frozen Food Institute (Deutsches Tiefkühlinstitut e. V., dti) for the first time wlll honour innovations for and from the frozen food industry with the FROZEN! dti Innovation Award supported by AFC and anuga. The partner is the AFC Consulting Group AG, consulting experts for the food industry. The FROZEN! dti Innovation Award is supported by Anuga, the world’s largest trade fair for the food and nutrition industry.
Innovative ideas from start-ups will take centre stage at the premiere of the Innovation Award 2023.

The award ceremony will take place on 8 October 2023 at Anuga
“With the FROZEN! dti Innovation Award, the dti wants to provide a strong impetus for the future viability of the TC sector and promote the start-up culture in the industry. New groundbreaking products and concepts are indispensable for the transformation towards sustainability and the strengthening of our competitiveness. TC is an industry of the future!”, says Sabine Eichner, dti Managing Director.

Wanted: Innovative start-up ideas for the frozen food industry!
Start-ups that could decisively advance the frozen food industry with their ideas can apply until 5 September 2023: These can be innovative frozen products as well as concepts and services that offer solutions for the challenges in climate protection, energy efficiency, digitalisation, automation, logistics or in the area of supply chains.
“Young food and technology start-ups in particular continue to set important new impulses for developing healthy, sustainable and contemporary food and technologies that meet the needs of today’s society,” say AFC board members Otto Strecker and Anselm Elles. “The determination to tackle challenges courageously and to develop creative, long-term successful business models from trends not only distinguished TC pioneer Clarence Birdseye, but also connects young and already established companies.”

Award ceremony 2023
The three finalists, selected by a high-calibre jury of renowned industry experts, will pitch their innovative ideas to the public at the awards ceremony at Anuga in autumn: “We are delighted that the FROZEN! dti Innovation Award for sustainable and future-oriented ideas in the frozen food industry will be presented at Anuga for the first time in 2023,” says Jan Philipp Hartmann, Director Anuga. “Frozen products have had a firm place at the world’s biggest food fair since they were first presented at Anuga in 1955. Today, the frozen food sector is indisputably one of the most successful and biggest drivers of innovations in the food sector.”
The jury will decide on the final winner live at the awards ceremony on 8 October in Cologne. The guests at the event will also choose an audience winner. All finalists will receive a start-up membership to the dti. An exclusive mentoring session with a proven TC expert will give the winner important impulses for the further development of the idea presented.

The award
The FROZEN! dti Innovation Award supported by AFC and anuga recognises achievements that address the challenges of the future in the spirit of frozen food inventor Clarence Birdseye. In 2023, the global frozen food industry will celebrate the 100th anniversary of deep-freezing: the groundbreaking invention of the plate freezer by US naturalist Clarence Birdseye in 1923.
With the FROZEN! dti Innovation Award, the dti wants to demonstrate the innovative power of the frozen food industry and the future category of frozen food, which contributes to solving current challenges in food policy today just as it did 100 years ago.
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The German Frozen Food Institute (Deutsches Tiefkühlinstitut e.V., dti) is the lobby and communication platform for the frozen food industry in Germany and represents around 150 mainly medium-sized companies from all parts of the frozen food chain from industry to logistics and trade. The frozen food industry in Germany has a turnover of around 18.5 billion euros and supplies 80 million people with fresh, frozen food every day.