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Brewing a celebration of coffee innovation with product awards

The finalists for the Melbourne International Coffee Expo Product Innovation Awards have been announced ahead of the expo.

The tantalising aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) gears up for its highly anticipated return in 2024. 

This prestigious event, hailed as Australia’s foremost coffee trade show, is set to captivate attendees with a myriad of innovative products and insightful discussions. 

Celebrating its 11th year, MICE has firmly established itself as the pinnacle of coffee showcases in the Southern Hemisphere. 

With a track record of fostering invaluable connections and providing a platform for industry leaders to shine, MICE has earned its reputation as the largest dedicated coffee expo in the region.

Let’s delve into some of what makes MICE2024 an event not to be missed, starting with the Product
Innovation Awards.

One of the most anticipated aspects of MICE2024 is the revival of
the awards. 

These coveted accolades recognise the ingenuity and creativity of exhibitors, allowing them to showcase their latest offerings to an eager audience. From cutting-edge coffee preparation equipment to innovative packaging solutions, the Product Innovation Awards spotlight the best and brightest in the industry.

Product Innovation Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2024 awards have been made public, with winners set to be named at the event. 

The Product Innovation Awards have named several notable finalists in the coffee industry

The finalists include the Alchemy Cordial Company for its Certified Organic Mumbai Chai Elixir, which a spokesperson said is ‘dairy and gluten free and being a liquid concentrate, there is no powder’. 

Meanwhile Madame Tiger submitted its Tiger Barista Tiger Nut Milk for award consideration. 

“Madame Tiger has made the world’s first tiger nut milk barista blend. Tiger nuts only need rainwater to grow, and Madame Tiger Barista Tiger Nut Milk has a seriously low climate footprint,” said Laura Hindson, Madame Tiger founder. 

Roaster Coffee Packaging is also being recognised for its BeanShield Vent, which promises to lock in more than 800 unique aromatics.  

Also among the finalists for their outstanding contributions to innovation are Bombora’s Paragon Espresso equipment, HARIO’s V60 Dripper SUIREN, and Sanremo’s D8 and
D8 Pro. 

All of which have been recognised for their innovative designs and functionalities.

Additionally, Coffee Works Express has been acknowledged for its Mazzor Philos premium light commercial single dose flat burr, showcasing advancements in coffee grinding technology. BioPak has earned a finalist spot for its enhanced plant fibre pulp coffee cup lids, highlighting a commitment to sustainability in coffee packaging.

Barista Supplies’ Australian-made range of sustainable aroma sprays has also been named for its contribution to the industry’s environmental efforts. Finally, Fressko’s ceramic-lined coffee cup is another of the finalists, emphasising the importance of eco-friendly materials in coffee consumption.

These finalists collectively represent the forefront of innovation in the coffee industry, showcasing advancements in equipment, packaging, and sustainability practices.

Why you should attend MICE24

Complementing the exhibition is a dynamic conference program that promises to delve deep into the key themes shaping the coffee industry.

From procurement strategies to technological advancements, attendees can expect a wealth of insights and discussions designed to fuel growth and innovation within the sector.

MICE2024 will play host to a diverse array of exhibitors spanning various sectors of the coffee industry. 

This presents a prime opportunity for solution providers in the food and beverage manufacturing space to connect with key stakeholders.

From packaging automation specialists like ADM Packaging Automation to sustainable pioneers such as BioPak, attendees can explore a comprehensive range of offerings tailored to their needs. 

Notably, platinum sponsor MILKLAB will be on hand to provide attendees with a selection of plant-based and dairy milks, underscoring their commitment to supporting the industry’s evolution.

More than just a trade show, MICE serves as a hub where buyers and sellers converge to forge meaningful connections and drive business forward. 

With its unrivalled showcase of the latest innovations and technologies, MICE2024 offers attendees a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and elevate their coffee endeavours.

MICE is a premier event for coffee professionals, attracting exhibitors and attendees from around the world. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with industry leaders, suppliers, and experts, fostering valuable connections.

The expo showcases the latest trends, products, and innovations in the coffee industry. From cutting-edge equipment to new brewing techniques and sustainable practices, you’ll gain insights into what’s shaping the future of coffee. This is of particular relevance to the food and beverage manufacturing space, which is well placed to help the sector grow.

MICE also presents valuable business opportunities, from sourcing new suppliers and products to forging partnerships and collaborations. It’s a platform to explore potential ventures and expand your business network.

Overall, visiting MICE2024 in Melbourne promises a dynamic and enriching experience for anyone involved in the food and beverage manufacturing space.

Scheduled from May 12 to May 14 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, MICE2024 promises to be a celebration of coffee excellence like no other. 

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