2019 Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation: Nominations

The NCA Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation is given annually to recognize a break-through innovation from the NCA supplier member community that advances the confectionery industry. The award allows for the nomination (and self-nomination) of member companies that have presented an innovation that significantly improves the ability of confectioners to manufacture, distribute, market and/or sell chocolate and candy. A panel of NCA manufacturing member companies selects the recipient each year. Products and services that were developed for the exclusive use of a single company are not eligible for the Ruby Award.
  • Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Ingredients – flavors, inclusions and other ingredients that deliver a new or exciting taste or sensory experience for consumers, alter the nutritional profile of a product, or otherwise improve product quality
    • Equipment – technologies that improve efficiency or effectiveness in confectionery manufacturing or supply chain
    • Supplies – materials or packaging that support retail merchandising and display objectives or that contribute to environmental sustainability
    • Services – services that enhance collaboration between trading partners, facilitate efficiency of supply chain, or improve retailers’ and manufacturers’ ability to market and sell confectionery products
    The deadline for submissions is March 29. The award will be presented at the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Please use this form to nominate a product, service or other innovation introduced in 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Elise Fennig.
  • Submission Form – 2019 Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation

  • Please note that the innovation must have been introduced in 2018.
  • Please describe the service, product, technology, etc. in detail and explain the innovative qualities.
  • If you have documents that support your nomination, including sell sheets and news stories, please email to them to Elise Fennig at [email protected]. Be sure to reference the Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation and the name of the of the product you are nominating.