Host has revealed the winners of its latest Smart Label 2019 Host Innovation Award.
217 companies applied to the Milan trade show to be recognised as producing innovative products, and 56 of them were successful.
Smart Label is an initiative promoted by Host Milano and POLI.design to reward businesses that have signed up to exhibit at the event, to be held at Fieramilano on 18-22 October.
The victors were chosen by a judging panel comprising Matteo O. Ingaramo, general manager of POLI.design; Francesco Zurlo, vice-principal of the Politecnico di Milano Design School; Venanzio Arquilla, associate professor at the Politecnico di Milano Design School’ Fayun Zhu, vice-principal of the Design Intelligence Award Committee Office of the China Academy of Art; Gillian Crampton Smith, of the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam’ Shujoy Chakraborty, chair of the Spatial Design masters programme and scientific co-ordinator of the design sector of Meios Interativos (DMI) at the University of Madeira (UMa); and well-known pastry chef Iginio Massari.
Smart Label winners were divided into three categories. The Innovation Smart Label, for products with a high level of innovative content, went to ATA, Euroengel, CastelMAC, Ifi, NSF International and StableTable Scandinavia.
The Green Smart Label was awarded to products with a high level of innovative content with regard to energy saving, environmental compatibility and eco-sustainability, with Jong Duke, Ecodyger SRL Societa’ Benefit and LSA International coming out on top.
The other 47 products were awarded Smart Labels as they were judged to have made a significant contribution to developments in their relevant sectors.
Beanscorp Co (T/A Cafflano)
Eureka – Conti Valerio
Next Cooking Generation
Rancilio Group con socio unico
RCR Cristalleria Italiana
Spinoco Czech Republic
All the products that have been awarded the Smart Label will appear in the Smart Label Index catalogue and exhibited within a dedicated area at HostMilano 2019.
One of the judges, Gillian Crampton Smith, detailed: “This year there were more participants, and they presented products that will help small enterprises and craft concerns do big things. Many of these things involve the use of smartphones or tablets as the user interface, making it possible to control more complex activities and to have updates on functions remotely. Others can link up directly to a team of assistants remotely for purposes of prevention and diagnostics.”
Another judge, Shujoy Chakraborty, commented: “Perhaps because it is undergoing a large-scale transformation, shifting from a mere beverage experience to an innovative, hi-tech one. Manufacturers are implementing IoT to offer precision and personalisation also to the rituals of beer drinking and to demystify the chemistry of the beverage.
“The integration of IoT into all appliances in the category is in any case an indicator of the transformation of the professional kitchen into a hi-tech place. Catering professionals will become increasingly a meeting point between high-quality cuisine and next-generation interactive technologies.”