Canadian Vending

Canadian companies win 2018 SIAL Innovation Awards

June 4, 2018

Two Canadian snack companies won international 2018 SIAL Innovation Awards for its all-natural snacks. The SIAL Innovation contest rewards innovators in food and non-food related products, such as packaging and containers.

Saskatchewan company, Three Farmers Products Ltd., won the gold award for its roasted green peas snack, “Pea Pops. “Crickstart,” a cricket-based protein bar won the bronze award.

The award winning “Pea Pops” won for its innovative qualities in manufacturing, market positioning and merchandising. The Pea Pops are nut-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, and are shelf stable for vending machine snackers looking for a better-for-you option. The bronze award-winning Crickstart protein bars won for its innovation in ingredient and recipe division.

The international contest was held from April 30th to May 2nd in Toronto, and was open to all exhibitors. The selected winners were based on the following 4 criteria: packaging, manufacturing process, merchandising, and recipe.


SIAL Canada 2018 Innovation Ambassador, Dana McCauley stated in a press release, “Innovation in the food sector takes many forms. When reviewing entrants for the SIAL Innovation Awards, I look at every aspect of the product. I’m seeking excellence in execution not just based on taste or branding, but evaluate products based on what they do best. Entries that fill unmet consumer needs; products that offer people ways to narrow the gap between their eating intentions and actions; packaged foods that offer new flavours popularized by chefs and food writers; or, products that utilize packaging and manufacturing systems that make it easier to keep foods fresh longer are all factors that catch my attention.”