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Sial Canada celebrates winners of 2023 international competitions

By Blend PR   


Toronto, May 19, 2023 — SIAL Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the highly anticipated 2023 International Cheese, Olive d’Or, and Start-Up Pitch competitions. These prestigious events showcased exceptional products and innovative concepts, drawing participants and experts from around the globe.

SIAL Innovation

A unique international competition is present all over the world in the SIAL Network. It rewards the best innovations in the field of food and non-food products, such as packaging and containers.

SIAL Canada unveils the SIAL Innovation 2023 Grand Prize winners:


Gold medal: MILLENNIA TEA INC for their FROZEN SUPERFOOD TEA, a raw organic tea made from camellia sinensis with flash freezing preserving nutrients. (

Silver medal: LOC INDUSTRIES INC. for their PLANT-BASED EGG SUBSTITUTES (WHITE, YOLK, WHOLE) from Yumgo by Alternative Kitchen, a plant-based range of allergen-free powdered egg substitutes. (

Bronze medal: LA PRESSERIE for their COLD PRESSED COCKTAIL MIXERS, a frozen mocktail base with cold-pressed ingredients. (

Own the change — Special award: KINGSTON ALUMINUM TECHNOLOGY INC. (KAT) for their SHAPED ALUMINUM BOTTLES for beverages using less aluminum. (

SIAL Cheese

The International Cheese Competition, its 3rd edition in Toronto, saw 231 cheeses from eight countries competing in 25 categories. Chaired by Gurth Pretty and comprising 18 esteemed cheese-industry professionals, the jury meticulously evaluated each entry. Notably, a new category, Artisanal Farmstead Cheese, was introduced to recognize dairy farmers who produce cheeses from their own herds. The Best Artisanal Farmstead Cheese in Quebec was awarded by the Quebec dairy processors Council (CILQ). The Grand Champion of the competition was:

STONETOWN ARTISAN CHEESE LTD. from St. Marys, with their remarkable WILDWOOD cheese, also winning the Champion medal in the Firm Cheese category.

Find all the 2023 winners here:

SIAL Olive d’Or

In the 2023 Olive d’Or competition, the finest extra virgin olive oils from around the world were evaluated by a panel of experts led by Christine Cheylan. The competition received a total of 77 olive oils from 12 countries, spanning five continents. The judges carefully selected the top oils in categories such as Ripe Fruity, Light, Medium, Intense, and Aromatic. This year’s event underscored the growing appreciation for olive oil in Canada, despite the country’s limited production. The Olive d’Or competition serves as a significant platform to recognize outstanding producers and enlighten consumers about exceptional oils.

Here are the 2023 winners per category:

Aromatic flavour winner: Basil Fused EVOO by Sarafino- Famiglia Pata (Italy)

Ripe Fruity winner: San Bartolomeo by Soc. Coop. Agr. San Bartolomeo (Italy)

Intense fruit flavour winner: MonoCultivar Coratina Bio Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Monini SpA

Medium fruit flavor winner: Pago FG Picual by Hacienda La Serrata, S.L. (Spain)

Light fruit flavor winner: MonoCultivar Frantoio Bio Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Monini SpA (Italy)

Find all the 2023 winners here:

SIAL Start-up

The Start-Up Pitch Competition showcased promising entrepreneurs and their groundbreaking ideas in the food and beverage industry. In the Food or Beverage Category, Souper Troopers claimed the 1st Prize with their delicious shelf-stable chicken broth in convenient single-serving packaging. The Heal Tea secured the 2nd Prize with its selection of organic, low-carb, plant-based herbal teas in recyclable cans. In the Technology or Service Category, Spatula Foods took home the 1st Prize with their gourmet flash-frozen ready meals prepared by top local chefs.

These innovative start-ups demonstrated a keen understanding of consumer preferences and showcased products and services that address the evolving needs of the market.

A word from SIAL Canada team

SIAL Canada extends its congratulations to all the winners and participants for their remarkable achievements and contributions to the food and beverage industry. These competitions serve as a testament to the excellence, creativity, and innovation found within the global culinary landscape.

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About SIAL Canada

SIAL Canada is an integral part of the SIAL network, the world’s leading network of trade shows dedicated to the food industry, with 12 trade shows, bringing together 17,000+ exhibitors and 700,000 trade visitors from over 200 countries. Established in 2001, SIAL Canada is the result of the work of three organizations, all shareholders of the event: ADAQ (Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec), Agri-Food Export Group Québec-Canada and Comexposium, in addition to receiving support from Agriculture Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Ministère del’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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