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 submission period for the 2019 Ruby Award is closed. The winner will be announced at the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Thank you for your interest.