About Food Innovation Product Award

The inaugural Food Innovation Product Award (FIPA) 2016 is organised by the Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association and supported by SPRING Singapore, IE Singapore, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Health Promotion Board, Sector Co-ordinator Team for Food Manufacturing Sector and Asian Culinary Institute Singapore. In line with the Food Manufacturing Industry Transformation Map, the FIPA competition aims to bring together food manufacturers and tertiary students to collaborate and co-create new and innovative food products.

The competition in 2016 saw participation from 25 food manufacturers and student teams where the teams went through a structured 4-month innovation process to develop new product prototypes. Commercialisation support was extended to the winning teams for product prototype development and market launch strategies. SFMA, SPRING Singapore and IE Singapore showcased the product entries at overseas flagship tradeshows like Gulfood in Dubai and ANUGA in Cologne to create opportunities for commercialisation overseas.

Home-grown firms Mr Popiah, Nature’s Nest and Tan Seng Kee clinched the top prizes at the inaugural FIPA Ceremony on 18 November 2016 where the teams were assessed on the innovativeness of product concepts and feasibility of commercialisation.

Grand Winner

& Most Innovative Award 2016

Product: Microwavable Popiah

Company: Mr Popiah Pte Ltd

School: Singapore Polytechnic

First Runner-Up

& Most Functional Award 2016

Product: Veyotein

Company: Nature’s Nest Pte Ltd

School: National University of Singapore

Best Marketing

Potential Award 2016

Product: Kang Kang La Mian in Herbal Soup

Company: Tan Seng Kee Foods Pte Ltd

School: Singapore Polytechnic

Food Innovation Product Award 2018

The FIPA 2018 continues to focus on innovation and product commercialisation through an enhanced 9-month innovation process to help food manufacturers develop business capabilities, gain consumer and market insights, and facilitate the commercialisation of novel food ingredients, processing methods and products. The themes for this year’s competition are Innovative, Functional, Ready-to-eat.

Enhanced Innovation Process

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There are five category awards for FIPA 2018:

Category Awards

Food Manufacturer

Most Innovation Award Cash Prize of $1,500

Most Functional Award Cash Prize of $1,500

Best Marketing Potential Award Cash Prize of $1,500

Best Convenience Food Award Cash Prize of $1,500

Best Packaging Award Cash Prize of $1,500

Student

Most Innovation Award Cash Prize of $500

Most Functional Award Cash Prize of $500

Best Marketing Potential Award Cash Prize of $500

Best Convenience Food Award Cash Prize of $500

Best Packaging Award Cash Prize of $500

Student Internship

Food manufacturers can also engage the students from the Institutes of Higher Learning through enhanced student internships under SFMA’s SME Talent Programme (STP) to develop new product prototypes.

To be eligible for the STP grant support, please submit an application to SFMA by creating an account on the STP Portal and create an internship offer to students through the STP Portal. More information on the STP.

Commercialisation support will be extended to the winning companies with the most innovative product concepts and scalable commercialisation plans. These incentives, supported by SPRING Singapore and administered by SFMA, will cover qualifying costs of product and market testing, product prototype development and market launch strategies in local and global markets.

SCHEDULE

Schedule
5 July 2017
Matching Session

Schedule
26 July 2017
Workshop Series #1:
Market & Consumer Insights

Schedule
20 Sep 2017
Workshop Series #2:
Ideation & Prototyping through Design Thinking 1

Schedule
27 Sep 2017
Workshop Series #3:
Ideation & Prototyping through Design Thinking 2

Schedule
25 Oct 2017
Workshop Series #4:
Productivity & Process Development

Schedule
1 Nov 2017
Workshop Series #5:
Front-End Innovation & Launch Strategies

Schedule
10 Jan 2018
Workshop Series #6:
Packaging Innovation & Evaluation

Schedule
23 Mar 2018
Judging Session

Schedule
Apr 2018 (TBC)
FIPA 2018 Award Ceremony

Matching Session

5 July 2017

The matching session will allow the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) from the ITE College, Polytechnics and Universities to share their focus areas and research capabilities with the food manufacturers. At the end of the matching session, food manufacturers and IHLs will form teams for the Food Innovation Product Award 2018.

Date 5 July 2017, Wednesday
Time 1.40pm to 5.00pm
Venue Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association
Lift Lobby B, #04-13
9 Jurong Town Hall Road
Trade Association Hub, Jurong Town Hall,
Singapore 609431Click here to find out how to get there.
Dress Code Smart Casual/ Office Attire

Who should attend?

Food manufacturers and IHLs who have not form their teams during the registration phase.

 

Workshop Series #1: Market & Consumer Insights

26 July 2017

The first workshop of the series will be conducted by Nielsen and the Health Promotion Board to allow participating teams to gain insights on the latest consumer trends, novel food ingredients, and possible market opportunities for business growth.

Date 26 July 2017, Wednesday
Time 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Programme 2.00pm: Registration
2.30pm: Market & Consumer Insights by Nielsen
3.45pm: Short Break
4.00pm: Sharing by Health Promotion Board
4.30pm: Q&A / Networking
5.00pm: End of Programme
Venue Level 2, Event Hall 2-2
Lifelong Learning Institute
11 Eunos Road 8 Singapore 408601

Click here for more details on how to get there.

Dress Code Smart Casual / Office Attire

 

Workshop Series #2: Ideation & Prototyping through Design Thinking 1

20 Sep 2017

The second workshop of the series will be conducted by User Experience Centre (UXC) to enable participating teams to apply the design thinking process and methodology to analyse broad macro trends, select key trends relevant to your business and demographics. Teams will also create an imagined user journey based on their references and experiences, and allowing you to further identify and highlight pain points and opportunity areas for innovation.

Date 20 September 2017, Wednesday
Time 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Programme 2.00pm: Registration
2.20pm: Identifying & Selecting Key Trends
3.00pm: Identifying Target User & Creating a User Journey
4.00pm: Creative Exploration: Conceptualize and develop ideas
5.00pm: End of Programme
Venue Level 1, Main Library @ COLOURS
Singapore Polytechnic
500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651

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Note: For participants who are driving please enter by Gate 1 along Dover Road, there are surface carparks available and chargeable @$1.20/hr.

Dress Code Smart Casual / Office Attire

 

Workshop Series #3: Ideation & Prototyping through Design Thinking 2

27 Sep 2017

The third workshop of the series will be conducted by User Experience Centre (UXC) to allow teams to prioritise from the pool of ideas that have been conceptualised through the imagined user journey (from the earlier workshop) before developing a low fidelity prototype on the selected ideas. Teams will also develop an ideal user journey to ensure that the prototype is in line with the user needs along the various touchpoints and interactions.

Date 27 September 2017, Wednesday
Time 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Programme 2.00pm: Registration
2.20pm: Prioritising Explored Ideas
3.00pm: Prototyping
4.00pm: Developing an Ideal User Journey
5.00pm: End of Programme
Venue Level 1, Main Library @ COLOURS
Singapore Polytechnic
500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651

Click here for more details on how to get there.

Note: For participants who are driving please enter by Gate 1 along Dover Road, there are surface carparks available and chargeable @$1.20/hr.

Dress Code Smart Casual / Office Attire

 

Workshop Series #4: Productivity & Process Development

25 Oct 2017

The fourth workshop of the series will be conducted by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and IPI Singapore. Teams will learn about the lean productivity improvement methodology to enhance productivity and business processes for product commercialisation. Through the simulation game, teams will learn to map the value stream of processes in order to identify and eliminate wastes, and use it to increase productivity in food manufacturing. Participants will also learn more about the latest technologies for low-GI food staples, automation, freshness sensors, smart labels, bio-degradable packaging and biotransformation technologies for zero waste manufacturing.

Date 25 October 2017, Wednesday
Time 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Programme 1.45pm: Registration
2.00pm: Key concepts of Lean

  • 5 core Lean principles
  • 8 wastes

2.45pm:  Value stream mapping
3.15pm: Simulation game – Apply your learnings!
4.00pm: Q&A
4.30pm: Sharing of Technologies by IPI
5.00pm: End of Programme

Venue Level 2, LT2A
Academic Plaza, SIT@ Dover
Singapore Institute of Technology
10 Dover Drive Singapore 138683
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Dress Code Smart Casual / Office Attire

 

Workshop Series #5: Front-End Innovation & Launch Strategies

1 Nov 2017

The fifth workshop of the series will be conducted by the Monash University’s Food Innovation Centre and Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) to allow teams to understand the front-end Innovation (with emphasis in customer engagement, marketing and packaging) and product launch strategies through the Doblin 10 types of innovation as well as the best practices from the Australian food industry.

Date 1 November 2017, Wednesday
Time 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Programme 2.00pm: Registration
2.20pm: Introduction to Doblin 10 types of innovation tool
2.45pm: Innovation for customer engagement, marketing and packaging (with hands-on activities)
3.45pm: Tea Break
4.00pm: Best practices for market and product launch – case studies from the Australian’s food industry
5.00pm: Q&A / End of Programme
Venue Level 2, Event Hall 2
Lifelong Learning Institute
11 Eunos Road 8 Singapore 408601
Click here for more details on how to get there.
Dress Code Smart Casual / Office Attire

 

Workshop Series #6:

10 Jan 2018

The sixth workshop of the series will be conducted by the Food Innovation Resource Centre (FIRC) to allow teams to understand the packaging innovation and application for the prototype developed. This includes looking at packaging for functionality beyond containment for better protection, communication and convenience. Packaging is also an important process for product differentiation in the market to gain consumers’ attention.

Date 10 January 2018, Wednesday
Time 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Programme 2.00pm: Registration
2.20pm: Packaging Innovation & Trend
3.00pm: Packaging Function for Application
3.45pm: Packaging Design for Application
4.30pm: Brief Review of Packaging Prototypes
5.00pm: End of Programme
Venue Level 2, T1A Concourse
Singapore Polytechnic
500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651

Click here for more details on how to get there.

Dress Code Smart Casual / Office Attire

 

Judging Session

23 Mar 2018

Details to be announced soon.

FIPA 2018 Award

Apr 2018 (TBC)

Details to be announced soon.

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