Gourmet baker Merangz has won the award for best food product at this year’s Caffè Culture Show for its mini meringues for serving with coffee or cocktails.
Its Merangz Pistachio Bite (pictured) beat off competition from hundreds of entries to win the category in the Exhibitor Awards organised as part of the trade show at London’s Olympia this week.
The winner of the best innovative product award was Tea Fusion from Unilever, which allows operators to make freshly brewed loose leaf tea in under a minute in a system with a visible brewing chamber.
Judge Helen Marriott, editor of Caffè Culture Connect, said: “Tea Fusion combines fantastic ingredients – quality loose-leaf tea, the perfect temperature, flavour, quality and consistency, with a sense of theatre that tea-drinking café customers will love.”
The award for best drink product as well as the overall Visitors’ Choice award went to Lashbrook Lassis with its range of Indian-style lassis made with yoghurt, fruit, nuts and spices. Flavours include Beetroot Fig Cinnamon, Coffee Pistachio Cardamom and Pear Spinach Ginger.
Merangz Bites are mini portions of meringue made with hand-separated, free-range egg whites and slow-baked to a traditional Swiss recipe. The Pistachio Bite is a fresh vanilla meringue finished with a sprinkling of pistachio nuts. Other flavours include Black Cherry, Raspberry and White Chocolate, and Passion Fruit.
Brian Crowther, who founded Merangz with his wife Leanne, said: “This truly is the icing on the Merangz for us. We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award – and delighted that the judges recognised not just the fact that it tastes great but also its versatility too.”
Maria Bracken, editor of Lunch Business and best food product judge, said: “The Merangz product is very unique. I love its versatility. Whether you enjoy it as an add-on to a cup of coffee, or a dessert option filling the nests with cream – or in fact whatever you like – the bite-sized treats have it all. It’s a fun, innovative and extremely delicious product. I can see these going down a storm in coffee shops.”