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