Winners chosen for INTERGASTRA innovation prize 2020

09.12.2019 - 12:32

The judging panel's criteria at the award ceremony were degree of innovation, practical significance, sustainability and cost-effectiveness

For the eleventh time, the INTERGASTRA innovation prize will be presented by Messe Stuttgart, German hospitality publication "Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung" and the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) based in Baden-Württemberg. The 90 or so applications, among which the judging panel was spoilt for choice, showed how coveted it is. It awarded the prizes in the kitchen systems, artificial intelligence and sustainability categories as well as the special "Food for Future" prize.

The winner in the kitchen systems category is Gastros Switzerland AG.
With the InductWarm® battery module, the Zurich-based company has developed an autonomous battery induction hotplate that can be integrated into any mobile food distribution system. It is the first battery-powered induction module of its kind and opens up completely new possibilities in terms of mobility and design flexibility – thanks to invisible technology, there are no unsightly power cables, no water vapour, no open flames and no smell of burning paste. The food is kept warm in a way that preserves its quality and is kept at a constant temperature for up to four hours – with only one charge.

In the sustainability category, the prize goes to the Cologne-based company KAYA&KATO. For its "Clean Ocean" line, it uses plastic fished from the sea to produce fashionable, high-quality and durable uniforms for the catering, hotel, food and retail industries. The products consist of a polyester-cotton blend – organic cotton and recycled plastic waste from the sea. This comes primarily from fishermen off the Spanish coast who receive money for the "by-catch plastic" and contribute to cleaning up the seas.

In the artificial intelligence category, the prize goes to auvisus GmbH from Karlsruhe, which has developed an automated payment process for community catering. The guest places his or her tray under a camera at the checkout, the algorithm recognises the dishes and calculates the bill – quickly and precisely. The solution, which is supported by image recognition, is compatible with existing processes as a plug-in and ideally manages without staff.

The special "Food for Future" prize is awarded to Brento from Herlikofen as a representative of many similar developments. The start-up company produces bread baking mixes and combines high-quality old grain varieties such as ancient grain, einkorn wheat and hemp flour with an insect component: Buffalo worm flour. The judging panel's selection did not focus on the bread itself, but on the idea of developing an additional valuable source of protein and combining it with ancient grains.
The aim is to create a new trend for the future – especially given the fact that mass meat production is anything but environmentally friendly.

INTERGASTRA, the leading trade fair for the hotel and gastronomy business, will be taking place from 15 to 19 February 2020 at Messe Stuttgart. Interested trade fair visitors can attend the live innovation prize ceremony on 15 February at 11:00 on the DEHOGA stage (Hall 7) and find out about the products.
In addition, the winning products will be presented at a special show in the Entrance East of Messe Stuttgart.

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Gastros Switzerland AG receives the INTERGASTRA innovation prize in the kitchen systems category. With the InductWarm® battery module, the company has developed an autonomous battery induction hotplate that can be integrated into any mobile food distribution system – for more flexibility and mobility.
Image source: Gastros Switzerland AG

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In the sustainability category, the prize goes to KAYA&KATO, which reuses plastic fished from the sea for its "Clean Ocean" clothing line to produce fashionable uniforms for cooks and waiters. Image source: Marc Thürbach/KAYA&KATO

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In the artificial intelligence category, the innovation prize goes to auvisus GmbH, which has developed an automated payment process. Customers simply place their tray under a camera, the algorithm recognises the dishes and collects the money.
Image source: auvisus GmbH/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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The special "Food for Future" prize goes to Brento, which produces bread baking mixes with an insect component and high-quality old grains.
Image source: Brento UG


About INTERGASTRA


INTERGASTRA in Stuttgart is the leading trade fair for the hotel and gastronomy business. At INTERGASTRA 2020, over 1400 national and international exhibitors will present their wide range of products and services in the areas of kitchen systems, food, atmosphere and equipment for hotels and restaurants, services, beverages and coffee. Around 100,000 visitors from over 70 countries will come to the trade fair to obtain information about the latest products, trends and pioneering ideas across an exhibition area of more than 115,000 square metres. INTERGASTRA takes place regularly at Messe Stuttgart in conjunction with GELATISSIMO, the largest trade fair for gelato north of the Alps.

From 15 to 19 February 2020, INTERGASTRA will start the Olympic year in accordance with the Olympic motto #takingpartiseverything and will celebrate with the IKA/Culinary Olympics, the oldest and largest international cookery exhibition and a fantastic première at the highest level. Around 2000 chefs and patissiers from all over the world will compete against one another and will create future nutrition trends with their cooking creations in Stuttgart.

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