2018 Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ and Finalists

IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year™

Launched in 2018, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ focuses on showcasing the innovative work of emerging and investment-ready food and food-related companies developing products contributing to the advancement of the science of food. Finalists, representing breakthrough solutions across food ingredient, packaging, agriculture, and processing applications, were chosen to share their innovations in a high-profile pitching competition at IFT18 to a panel of six prestigious judges. Two awards were given, the IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ with a $25,000 prize selected by the six judges, and the IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ People’s Choice Award with a $5,000 award selected by the session audience.

The next winner will be announced at IFT19 in New Orleans, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Applications for the 2019 IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ have closed.

2018 IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year Recipient

2018 Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ Recipient

Renewal Mill

Renewal Mill – a CPG and ingredient company that creates high-value superfood ingredients and foods from the $6 billion of unused fiber and starch byproducts of legumes, vegetables, and fruits produced annually.

2018 IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year People’s Choice Recipient

2018 Future Food Disruptor of the Year™ People’s Choice Recipient

c-fu Foods Inc.

C-Fu Foods – an ingredient innovation company developing the next generation of insect-based, value-added food ingredients. The company’s goal is to support the emerging insect food sector with high quality functional ingredients that solve the technical challenges that limit the use of insects in food.

Food Disruptor Finalists

Other finalist companies, competing for the award included:

Inductive Intelligence

Inductive Intelligence – a packaging technology company that makes it possible to safely and conveniently heat foods and drinks in disposable package, using the same device you use to charge your mobile phone battery.


Nebullam – a food technology company providing new vertical farmers with High Pressure Aeroponic systems, powered by artificial intelligence.


Rise Products – a food technology company that uses a patent-pending process to convert organic by-products into healthy, tasty, and sustainable food products, starting by turning spent barley from brewers into flour.


Re-Nuble – an agricultural technology company that uses an inexpensive, patent-pending process to transform food waste into chemical-free, organic nutrients for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation.


Learn more about the inaugural competition.

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Be sure to reference our helpful FAQ webpage. Should you have any further questions about the competition, please direct them to fooddisruption@ift.org