MANCHESTER – 1st August 2022: Manchester-based global insights specialist Gama is today pleased to reveal the finalists that have been shortlisted for the Gama Innovation Awards 2022.

Recognising outstanding innovation in the FMCG space, the shortlists for the Gama Innovation Awards represent the very best launches unearthed in the last year by Gama’s global network of in-country researchers and analysts across ten categoriesProduct, Packaging, Positioning, Branding & Design, Health & Wellness, SME, Best of Britain, Best of Middle East, Travel and Hospitality. Travel and Hospitality are new awards for 2022 that will showcase the very best innovations with applications in the leisure sector.

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As ever, this year’s shortlisted finalists offer a revealing insight into the wider trends that have been shaping the FMCG industry over the last year. The plant-based foods space is demonstrating a necessary evolution, with a greater focus on replicating the meat and dairy experience, while seeds, grains, vegetables and botanicals continue to add the diversity of offerings in the vegetarian foods arena. Hybrid concepts remain popular, with confectionery and dessert-inspired innovation in particular offering new opportunities for indulgence across a range of categories, and complex flavour profiles going mainstream as the line between sweet, savoury, salty and sour becomes increasingly blurred. Meanwhile sustainability remains the watchword in packaging, with companies looking for new ways to reduce, replace or eliminate packaging materials to mitigate their environmental impact.


Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive, Food & Drink Federation presenting the Gama Innovation Award 2019 – Branding & Design to Elieen Alban, Product Development Manager, Innocent Drinks.

Commenting on the shortlist, Gama Innovation Director Silvia Ruiz said: “In compiling the shortlists for the Gama Innovation Awards 2021 we sifted through hundreds of new and innovative products from over 40 countries, selecting only the most ground-breaking few for consideration by our expert judging panel”.

“Now into its seventh edition, the Gama Innovation Awards 2022 will be a fantastic opportunity for all of our worthy finalists to take their place in the spotlight, among a select audience of industry thought leaders from across the globe”.

The overall winner in each category, as voted by a panel of international judges, will be announced on Thursday 20th October 2022 during the Gama Innovation Conference & Awards 2022.

For the first time, GICA will also be formally recognised for its learning and development value thanks to independent accreditation from the CPD Certification Service, enabling marketing, insights and R&D professionals from across the FMCG industry to build their industry knowledge and acquire certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

To see the shortlist for each category, click HERE .

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About the Gama Innovation Awards

The Gama Innovation Awards recognise outstanding innovation in the FMCG space.

Awarded in the disciplines of Product, Packaging, Positioning, Branding & Design, SME, Best of Britain, Best of Middle East, Health & Wellness, Travel and Hospitality, Gama Innovation Awards go to the top new launches unearthed each month by Gama’s network of in-country researchers and analysts.

Winners are chosen through an international panel of expert judges based on a shortlist of innovative products.

About Gama 

Gama is a global provider of business information and services headquartered in Manchester, UK. Gama provides high-quality news, research, analysis and partnering services powered by our worldwide network of over 100 specialists in more than 46 countries.