Entries open for the 10th INTERNORGA Future Award

The INTERNORGA Future Award is one of the most important national and international honours in the food service and hospitality market, and is presented in three categories. Companies with a forward-looking policy and sustainable management and production can submit their entries from now until 15 January 2020 at www.internorga.com/en/programme/awards/future-award/.

“The winner is…”. The INTERNORGA Future Award will be presented for the tenth time on 12 March 2020. The key criteria are the trailblazing spirit and trend setting achievements of the respective companies for the whole of the industry – they are taking bold new approaches, opening up perspectives, and putting forward sustainable solutions. The INTERNORGA Future Award is presented by the leading international trade show for the whole of the food service and hospitality market, for innovative products, technologies and strategies for a green and sustainable future. Three companies can win the prestigious prizes in each of the categories. The Companies – Gastronomy & Hotel Sector category is open to companies nominating themselves or nominated by others. Non-exhibitors are likewise eligible. Entries come from the hotel sector, food service and catering, including from non-exhibitors. They can score with entrepreneurial action, sustainable management, or by setting tomorrow’s trends.

The other two categories are open exclusively to exhibitors at INTERNORGA 2020. The Product – Food & drink award honours an innovative product characterised by healthy and biologically valuable raw materials, high quality in processing and flavour, or fair production conditions and recycling. The Product – Technology & equipment award honours smart solutions for the food service and hospitality market that are characterised by efficiency and economies in operation and in the use of energy and materials. This category also includes digital solutions that optimise working processes and applications, and provide new stimuli.

Expert judges from industry, the scientific community and civil society
The five judges of the INTERNORGA Future Award are leading representatives of industry, the scientific community and civil society. They are headed by Dr. J. Daniel Dahm, a leading international expert on sustainability. Besides his engagement as Senior Advisor for the World Future Council, he is for example member of the German Association Club of Rome and of the Federation of German Scientists VDW. The other judges are Hanni Rützler, one of the leading trend researchers in the food sector; Carl-Otto Gensch, an expert on sustainability research for technologies and corporate strategies at the Eco Institute Freiburg; Rainer Roehl, an expert on bio-certification of canteen kitchens and restaurants and head of the consulting company a’verdis; and Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Deadline for entries and recommendations: mid-January 2020
Entries and nominations for the INTERNORGA Future Award can be submitted up to 15 January 2020. All submissions will be examined by the independent expert judges, who will ultimately pick three finalists in each category. The three winners will be honoured at the festive opening gala event in Hamburg on 12 March 2020, the evening before the start of INTERNORGA.

The winner of the INTERNORGA Future Award 2019 in the Product – Technology & equipment category sums it up like this: “Winning the INTERNORGA Future Award shows us that we’re on the right track with our innovation strategy,” says Naomi Dietrich, Marketing Manager Digital Solutions, GBU Professional Coffee Machines, WMF Group GmbH. “It demonstrates that the intensive work we have done in recent years has been worthwhile. Feedback from our customers is also highly positive. WMF CoffeeConnect gives great opportunities to develop business opportunities for the future in the coffee business – the number of inquiries we receive has been increasing daily, and our digital community is growing all the time.”

The winners of the INTERNORGA Future Award 2019 are:

  • Product Food & drink: Bonduelle Deutschland GmbH
  • Product Technology & equipment: WMF Group GmbH
  • Companies – Gastronomy & Hotel sector: Kuratorium Wiener Pensionisten-Wohnhäuser

For the application form and further information see www.internorga.com/en/programme/awards/future-award/

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INTERNORGA is the leading trade fair for hotels, restaurants, bakery and confectionery. It has more than 1,300 exhibitors from Germany and abroad and some 95,000 trade visitors. It showcases products, innovations, trends and innovations plus digital innovations for the whole of the food service and hospitality market. The trade show is accompanied by international conferences, an extensive supporting programme, and innovative industry competitions.