NutraIngredients.com has pulled together a diverse panel of experts to judge the awards:
Joerg Gruenwald, PhD
Founder & Chief Scientific Advisor, analyze & realize GmbH
Joerg Gruenwald is Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of analyze & realize ag in Berlin, Germany, a specialized research and consulting company for nutraceuticals, functional foods, dietary supplements, and natural medicines. This organization is specialized in clinical trials and regulatory affairs, including claim substantiation for food products.
He is regular chairman and speaker at international conferences. He has worked as advisor to the FDA Office of Dietary Supplements, is on the International Advisory Board of the Research Council of Complementary Medicine, was Chairman of the International Committee AHPA American Herbal Products Association, member of the Council for Responsible Nutrition Botanical/Quality Standards Committee and member of the Ad Hoc Group on Botanicals of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).
Analyst & Strategist, Invenire Market Intelligence Oy
Virpi Varjonen is a market analyst and strategist with a focus on nutrition and ingredient businesses. She works at Invenire, which is a privately-owned and independent strategy and marketing agency specialized in food, health and wellbeing. She has gained experience particularly in market intelligence, strategic marketing and product development.
CEO, Food for Health Ireland – University College Dublin
Jens Bleiel started his career at a management consultant company in Germany. After 5 years, he joined Dutch company Numico and held several management and executive functions in the baby food branch of the company. His last function was Global Marketing Director Infant Milks. After 10 years in this business, Jens Bleiel joined Dutch multinational DSM.
Kantha Shelke, PhD
Corvus Blue LLC
Kantha Shelke, PhD, is a principal with Corvus Blue LLC, a food science and research firm retained by food, supplement, and allied enterprises for competitive intelligence, expert witness services, new product/technology development, and rapid market realization of honestly healthful ingredients.
General Manager, MyDrink Beverages
Adomas Pranevicius is the co-founder & CEO of MyDrink Beverages, a premier beverage development company. Adomas specializes in beverage concept development, start-up beverage projects, business development and brand building. During his career he co-founded NapNock energy shot, Dragoon vitamin drink, HighVit functional vitamin drinks and Simply Umai beauty drink.
Adomas is also writing a blog about latest beverage trends and innovations. His insights and ideas have been quoted in BeverageDaily.com, Soft Drinks International, Beverage World and other media sources.
Global Head of Health & Wellness Research, Euromonitor International
Ewa Hudson manages the research programme for the global Health and Wellness industry at Euromonitor International, which she joined in March 2003. In her current post, Ewa has direct responsibility over the content and quality of Euromonitor’s Health and Wellness research, which provides strategic analysis of the global healthy nutrition market as well as in-depth coverage of 54 countries worldwide.
She has been analysing global FMCG markets for more than a decade, providing strategic insights for many of the world’s leading multinational players. She is a regular speaker on the healthy nutrition and wellness conference circuit, at events including Food Ingredients, Nutracon, SupplySide, Vitafoods and Probiotech.
Ewa is regularly quoted in leading publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, Nutraceuticals World and NutraIngredients. She has also been involved in judging nutraceutical product awards.
Holding a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Poznan, Poland, Ewa has also studied postgraduate Marketing at the University of Westminster in London.
Director, New Nutrition Business
Julian did his undergraduate degree at Oxford University and his MBA at Manchester Business School and worked marketing branded products across Europe, based in the Netherlands, for 10 years before founding this company. He has practical experience of marketing branded products in most European countries.