On the second day of the show at 10:00 a.m., the highly anticipated Pitch Competition took place, featuring more than 15 participants from the Start-Up Village sponsored by the City of Montreal. An innovative format, where start-ups compete against each other and have 3 minutes to seduce the jury in two categories: Food & Beverage and Technology & Service. This competition is particularly important to SIAL Canada and its partners Niagara College Canada, Nielsen IQ, Mitacs, CTAQ, the City of Montreal, the City of Toronto, Nourish Food Marketing, PME MTL, Récolte and Sobeys, who want to support the succession and development of start-up companies!
2022 winners :
Congratulations to BY2048 : 1st Prize - Food & Beverage Category
BY2048 not just offers outstanding and unique plant-based seafood products that not just follows the current food, health and clean label trends but also follows a very unique and clear vision based on scientific research to save the Oceans by 2048. The sustainability impact that by 2048 products offer was extremely impressive. The marketing planning and environmental commitment was demonstrated by the 5% donation of profits to charities to free the oceans from plastic. Moreover, the long-term planning for the company to cover all business areas as well as the tangible environmental impact demonstrated the huge potential for growth. “The cherry on top” was the outstanding flavour and texture of the plant-based smokey salmon.
Congratulations to Les Aliments Merjex : 2nd Prize - Food & Beverage Category
Les Aliments Merjex offer a plant-based product called tempehine that not just follows the current plant-based and clean label trends but also provides versatility and convenience in terms of the greater number of applications and preparation easiness as meat alternative . In addition, the product has a relatively long shelf life which will enable distribution and business growth and expansion. The processing steps for the production of tempehine are innovative and unique to give marketing advantages; and the final flavour provides the desired texture and flavour of a meat alternative.
Congratulations to Prevu3D : 1st Prize - Category Technology or Service
Prevu-3D offers state-of the art software with a positive and crucial impact on food or beverage processing efficiency and productivity. The software is able to provide a 3D replica of a food or beverage manufacturing facility as an impressive tool for the facility design, process flow, assignation of production areas, identification of bottle necks etc. In addition, the product is user-friendly and relatively affordable considering the software market and the resulting time-saving implications. The product is responsive to current food processing and engineering demands for a constant improvement in facility operations and design.