Covid or no Covid, over 800 food and drink producers from around the world show their focus on taste by submitting their products to the 2020 blind test by the International Taste Institute’s prestigious Chefs and Sommeliers. 1510 products receive the well-known Superior Taste Award.
Brussels, Belgium, June 2nd, 2020: As each year, the prestigious jury of Chefs and Sommeliers of the International Taste Institute has evaluated the taste of food and drink products registered for the Superior Taste Award certification. The results of the tests have just been released by the Taste Institute.
This year, 1510 products were certified: the names of the products awarded and of their respective producer are posted on the International Taste Institute’s website https://www.taste-institute.com.
The awards for the certified products are distributed as follows:
1 Star (“very good taste”, or a score between 70 and 80 %): 430 awarded
2 Stars (“notable taste”, or a score between 80 and 90%): 755 awarded
3 Stars (“Remarkable taste”, or a score over 90%): 325 awarded
Some producers are standing out in their focus on taste and register the same products on a regular basis. Two special awards recognize such products that keep an exceptional taste over the time: the Crystal Taste Award (3 stars for 3 consecutive years), and the Diamond Taste Award (3 stars, 7 times over 10 years). This year 35 products were awarded the Crystal Taste Award and 16 products received the exclusive Diamond Taste Award. These remarkable products come from all over the world.
All the products certified passed a rigorous sensory evaluation by reputed Chefs and Sommeliers from different European Culinary Associations according to a blind tasting methodology. Each drink or food product is attributed a taste score and depending on the results, it may receive the well-known “Superior Taste Award” certification.
Why are quality conscious producers constantly challenging themselves on the taste of their products? “Producers know that consumers expect tasty products, and they want to deliver on this … “ said Eric de Spoelberch, Managing Director of the International Taste Institute, “…there is so much choice for the consumer that producers need to be in a mindset of constant product improvement, whether for new products or for their existing products”. And indeed, in a 2019 survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation, 86% of consumers stated taste as their primary reason for buying a product, far ahead of the next criteria, price with 68%, or healthfulness with 62%.
During the Covid crisis, producers played a vital role as they have had to continue food and drink production despite very difficult circumstances. Despite the workload, they were numerous to continue focusing on taste, as shown by the high participation to the 2020 Superior Taste Award evaluation. “Quality is very important for us and taste is a key aspect of quality. The evaluation helps us validate that our products are tasty and of the highest quality. After all, consumers will not buy a product again if they didn’t enjoy it the first time. We producers have to earn the trust of consumers on a daily basis and this certification shows that we take taste seriously…” commented Andre Woldt, Category Development Manager Global Cider – Heineken International, who registered products this year again.
Stijn Roelandt – Sous-Chef at Hof van Cleve, 3 Michelin stars – explains how he and his colleagues perform the evaluations for the International Taste Institute: “It’s a strict process. The products are blind tasted; this means that the samples are anonymized: we do not see the packaging and do not know the brand name nor the producers’ name; we don’t even know from which country it comes. This forces us to be completely objective as we do the sensory analysis. Only truly good products are certified”.
To conclude, the jury and the staff of the International Taste Institute address their warm congratulations to all the food and drink producers with awarded products in 2020.
Names of awarded products & companies are available on https://www.taste-institute.com.
Below is the list of products from Southeast Asia awarded with the award.
|Indonesia||Milagros Alkaline Water||2stars|
|Indonesia||Organic Coconut Aminos||2stars|
|Malaysia||Hamadaya Japanese Premium Seasoning Soy Sauce||1star|
|Malaysia||Salam Kicap Manis Pedas||2stars|
|Malaysia||Woh Hup Volcanic Hot Sauce||2stars|
|Malaysia||M&S COCONUT CREAM||2stars|
|Malaysia||Spritzer Sparkling Natural Mineral Water||2stars|
|Malaysia||Acilis by Spritzer Still Artesian Bottled Drinking Water||2stars|
|Malaysia||Spritzer Natural Mineral Water||3stars|
|Myanmar||Grand Royal Black Whisky||2stars|
|Myanmar||Grand Royal Signature Whisky||2stars|
|Myanmar||Glan Master Double Smooth Whiskey||1star|
|Myanmar||Glan Master Finest Whiskey||2stars|
|Philippines||Tanduay Asian Rum Gold||3stars|
|Philippines||Tanduay Asian Rum Silver||3stars|
|Philippines||Tanduay Double Rum||2stars|
|Philippines||Tanduay CLX Rum||2stars|
|Singapore||LADY Y FRESH STEWED Edible Bird Nest||2stars|
|Thailand||BESTMATE 56% Dark Couverture Buttons||1star|
|Thailand||BESTMATE Dark Couverture Chips||2stars|
|Thailand||Hello Wegan Habanero Sauce With Green Jackfruit||2stars|
|Thailand||ESPRESSO ANGELO BEAN||2stars|
|Thailand||CAFE CREMA BEAN||2stars|
|Thailand||Organic Brown Thai Hom Mali Rice 100%||3stars|
|Thailand||Organic Thai Hom Mali Rice 100%||3stars|
|Thailand||Thai Hom Mali Rice 100%||2stars|
|Thailand||New Crops Thai Hom Mali Rice 100%||3stars|
|Thailand||Festa Gold Freeze Dried Coffee Extract||1star|
|Thailand||JAOKA Spring Water||2stars|
|Thailand||Vivalka Mineral Alkaline Water Natural 100%||2stars|
|Thailand||Thai Tea powder mixed Lime Flavor (All Cafe Brand)||1star|
|Thailand||Latte Coffee mix powder formula 1 (ZENYA BRAND)||2stars|
|Thailand||Thai Milk Tea powder mixed Fine-Taste Formula 2 (ZENYA BRAND)||1star|
|Thailand||Dried Honey Lemon||1star|
|Thailand||Tamarind 4 Tastes||2stars|
|Thailand||Crispy Chilli Sour Cream & Onion Flavour with Mixed Nuts (ChiLee Brand)||2stars|
|Thailand||Less Sugar Finest Extreme Strawberry Jam||2stars|
|Thailand||Chrysanthemum and Chamomile No Sugar Added||1star|
|Thailand||“Made by Todd” Sriracha chili sauce||2stars|
|Thailand||“Made by Todd” Yentafo sauce||1star|
|Thailand||“Made by Todd” Sukiyaki sauce||2stars|
|Thailand||“Made by Todd” Thai Basil and Chilli Stir Fry Sauce||1star|
|Thailand||IF Coconut Tablet Original Flavored||1star|
|Thailand||Fairy Rose Drink||1star|
|Thailand||THE GARDEN EDEN : ADAM Flavor Light||1star|
|Thailand||UFC Velvet Oat Milk (Unsweetened)||1star|
|Thailand||UFC Velvet Coconut Milk (Unsweetened)||2stars|
|Thailand||UFC Refresh 100% Coconut Water||2stars|
|Thailand||Thai Coco : Sweetened Condensed Coconut milk||1star|
|Thailand||Thai Coco : Watermelon Juice||1star|
|Thailand||Thai Coco : Massaman Curry||2stars|
|Thailand||Mont Fleur Mineral water||3stars/CRYSTAL|
|Thailand||Coco Milk Durian||1star|
|Thailand||Coco Milk Mango||1star|
|Vietnam||Huda Ice Blast||2stars|