It was a range of strong candidates from all parts of the food cluster, who was nominated for the Food Innovator 2017. The winner of the prize was the entrepreneur Poul Agger.
On March 16, the winner of the Food Innovator prize was awarded at Danish Food Cluster´s annual conference A Great Day for Food Innovation. The entrepreneur Poul Agger, founder of both Naturli ‘Foods and Soy4you, was honoured with the Food Innovator Award 2017.
Chairman of Danish Food Cluster, Esben Laulund from Chr. Hansen, called this year’s election remarkably difficult:
“It was a range of strong candidates, and the board had three voting rounds before we found a winner. So it is a special honor to be number one this year, but Poul Agger is also a special inspiration. Not only has he shown a special ability to transform a trendsetter into innovative business, he has also paved the way forward for sustainable production of proteins”.
For Poul Agger, who recently sold his latest company, Soy4you, to Orkla, the award is a special honour, as it is a public recognition from the partners in the cluster:
“I am very fond and proud of the award, as I consider it a public recognition from the partners in the cluster. Moreover it is also a recognition of having made a difference”.
Poul Agger was up against 11 strong candidates from many different types of companies and industries in the food business. The prize was awarded to him by of last year’s winner Nicolai Hansen, CEO of KMC.
“Denmark is often cited as number one in food innovation in Europe, and with the major food challenges facing the world, it is important that we support the innovative power of the industry“, says Nicolai Hansen.
This year’s Food Innovator prize is sponsored by Marel.
The Food Innovator Award
The Food Innovator Award is a personal prize given to an inspiring innovator within the food industry. This year’s 12 nominees were:
- Alex Højrup Munch, medejer, Stauning Whisky
- Anders René Jensen, salgsdirektør ved Rema 1000 Danmark
- Bent Graakjær, kok, hotelejer og gastronomisk iværksætter
- Britta Tarp, ejer og CEO ved Skarø Is
- Carl-Bjarne Mikkelsen, Innovations- og eksport direktør ved EASIS
- Henrik Ladefoged, administrerende direktør ved Marel
- Henrik Rendbøl, CEO ved Møllerup Gods
- John Gynther, Premium Food Manager ved Arla Unika, Arla Foods
- John Smedegaard, administrerende direktør ved Ceptu Aps
- Knud Vindfeldt, COO ved Chr. Hansen A/S
- Poul Agger, serieiværksætter, stifter, direktør og senere bestyrelsesformand for Agger Foods
- Thomas Hecht Olsen, R&D manager ved NGI A/S