The winners of the International Food Transition Awards are announced by CARREFOUR.
Today’s IFTA award ceremony, held in partnership with RTL, honored the most virtuous suppliers in terms of CSR as perceived by customers.
From October 24 to November 6, customers of Carrefour were invited to vote on a dedicated platform for the products they deemed most emblematic of the Food Transition for All. During this first voting phase, more than 570,000 votes were tallied for 300 competing products. The 18th of November saw a meeting of an external jury of international experts to select the finalists from among the selected suppliers.
The products were chosen based on their commitment to five key themes of the Food Transition: health and nutrition, packaging, organic and sustainable agriculture, responsible communication, and transparency.
Six international prizes in the following categories were awarded:
Bonduelle: pesticide-free corn, corn produced without GMOs and pesticides, packaged in 100% cardboard with an Eco score of A.
Sweet grocery category: LU-Petit Beurre, for its partnership with over 1,500 farmers to promote wheat cultivation that is more respectful of the environment and local biodiversity, as well as its dedication to reducing water and CO2 emissions.
Evian is a 6-liter bottle with a 30% reduction in plastic compared to a 6-liter pack made entirely from recycled plastic.
Category Vegetable Substitutes: Nurishh Vegetable Spread, due to its short list of ingredients, sunflower seed-based recipe, and high protein content.
Airwick is an electric essential oil diffuser for its natural and responsibly sourced ingredients, including FSC** and RSPO*** certifications, in the Hygiene, Beauty, and Home category.
Sheba-Delices du Jour, for its 100% recyclable paper packaging and MSC-certified ingredients, is the winner of the category Pet Products.
In addition, the jury awarded nine local prizes to national brands:
FRANCE: HiPP-Lait Infantile Biologique Essentia, for its range of 100% organic, carbon-neutral, and eco-friendly baby milk.
Spain: Alvalle-Gaspacho, for its natural and local ingredients, cooperative production, and 100% recycled PET bottles.
BELGIUM: Iglo: Green Cuisine Fish & Sticks for its vegetable alternative to fish, which reduces water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
ITALY: Mulino Bianco – Macine, a cookie made from sustainable agriculture in collaboration with WWF, with a completely traceable supply chain and paper packaging.
ROMANIA: rPET bottle of Dorna Dorna is recognized for its packaging efforts and for being the first brand to use 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET).
2 Be Bio – Organic frozen smoothie mix, for its dedication to organic and sugar-free fruit in Poland.
Chacabuco contains whole wheat and legume flour, recyclable packaging, a high fiber content, and a low sodium content.
Cha Leao – Organic bulk mate, awarded for its total commitment: organic product, low CO2 emission transport, 100 percent FSC-certified paper packaging, and 90 percent ink reduction.
TAIWAN: Yummy – Whole Milk for its FSC-certified packaging and efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
This year, the jury wished to recognize nine local Carrefour private label products whose development incorporated the food transition in its entirety:
FRANCE and BELGIUM: Carrefour Extra, Filière Qualité Carrefour – Lait demi écrémé 1L for its fair compensation of the producer, its cows raised without GMOs, and its animal welfare guarantees.
SPAIN: Carrefour Extra, Filière Qualité Carrefour – 1 liter of whole milk, for its fair remuneration of the producer, its non-GMO cows, its animal welfare guarantees, and its responsible packaging.
Terre d’Italia – Cime di Rapa (frozen vegetables), for its supply chain transparency and vegetable composition.
ROMANIA: Drag de Romania – Honey, for its local ingredients and production.
POLAND: Carrefour Classic – Drinking Yogurts, due to their GMO-free milk and natural ingredients.
ARGENTINA: Carrefour – Tuna, for its certification in sustainable fishing.
BRAZIL: Carrefour Veggie – Veggie Burger (chickpea), a vegetarian option made from natural ingredients.
Carrefour’s free-range eggs were recognized for their commitment to animal welfare and absence of antibiotic use.
As part of its mission to lead the food transition for all, Carrefour mobilized more than 250 partners through the international deployment of this competition. This commitment, which is at the core of the Group’s strategy, is based on a collective and long-term ambition to provide a range of healthier and more sustainable products, to protect the climate with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, to protect biodiversity by preventing deforestation, and to reduce waste by recycling packaging.
*France: Florian Breton & Sophie Cucheval – MiiMOSA; Alexia Chassagne – Member of the Club des Consommateurs Engagés; Spain: Gregorio Varela – President of the Foundation for Nutrition; Romania: Loredana Ianus – Director of Communication & CSR at Grafton Public Relations; Belgium: Nathalie Bekx – Founder of Lab Trendhuis; Italy: Martina Rogato – Co-
** FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an international label that guarantees the wood used adheres to sustainable forest management practices.
*** RSPO: The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification guarantees that the palm oil used originates from a sustainable, economically viable, environmentally responsible, and socially beneficial plantation.