INTERNORGA Future Award for the seventh time in 2017 ©Hamburg Messe - Internorga

INTERNORGA Future Award for the seventh time in 2017 ©Hamburg Messe – Internorga

The INTERNORGA Future Award will be presented for the seventh time in 2017. This prestigious award goes to forward looking companies that pursue sustainable policies with positive environmental impact. It is presented in four categories and has established itself as one of the most important honours in the restaurant and foodservice market, at both national and international level. More than 100 applications were submitted in 2016.

Applications and recommendations can now be entered at

Taking new approaches, opening up perspectives and setting standards – the INTERNORGA Future Award honours products, services and strategies that are characterised by sustainability and future potential. It gives companies an exclusive setting to showcase their commitment and innovative capabilities. The applications include a wide range of sustainable ideas, such as mobile canteens, crunchy snacks made from fruit & vegetables by a unique drying process, and mattresses and beds made from natural materials.

The positive effect of the Future Award is highlighted by Vasco Emmanuel Kulke, CEO Cucumis GmbH and 2016 winner in the category Trendsetter Product – Food & Beverages: “The Future Award is something really special for us, as the first and most important award in this field. It has opened up our path into the industry, and helped us to establish our position in this fast growing market. Since then, our sales have grown by 300%. Long may that continue!”

Future Award in four categories

The INTERNORGA Future Award is presented in four categories. Trendsetter Company – Artisan honours artisan companies such as butchers and bakers that combine their traditional manufacturing methods with innovative technologies and sustainable management. Trendsetter Company – HORECA is aimed at companies from the hotel, restaurant, catering and institutional catering sectors. They are expected to show how to combine business operations and sustainable management, for example by using environment friendly ingredients, by resource and energy efficiency, or by fair trading. Two other categories are open exclusively to exhibitors at INTERNORGA: Trendsetter Product – Food & Beverages honours innovative food and beverages that are characterised by organic ingredients, high quality or fair production conditions. Trendsetter Product – Fittings & Equipment honours smart solutions which are long-lasting and efficient in operation, and in use of energy and materials. This category also includes technical innovations which optimise working processes and thus set new standards.

Applications and recommendations

Companies can submit their applications or make recommendations up to the deadline 15 January 2017. The application forms and information on the assessment procedure are available at The three finalists are chosen by an independent panel of judges. The winners in the individual category will receive the prestigious award in March 2017, at the festive opening gala on the evening before the start of INTERNORGA.

In 2016, the INTERNORGA Future Awards were won by Isabella Glutenfreie Pâtisserie GmbH & Co. KG (category Trendsetter Company – Artisan); Studentenwerk Oldenburg (category Trendsetter Company – HORECA); Cucumis GmbH: Cucumis – The sophisticated cucumber (category Trendsetter Product – Food & Beverages); and Meiko Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG (category Trendsetter Product Fittings & Equipment).


The winners of the INTERNORGA Future Award are selected by a panel of judges made up of leading representatives from business companies, the scientific community and civil society. The Chairman is Dr. J. Daniel Dahm – a leading international expert in sustainable development, Founder and Managing Director of United Sustainability, Research Fellow of the European Centre for Sustainability Research (ECS) at Zeppelin University, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS in Potsdam and Member of the German Association of The Club of Rome. The other judges are Dipl. Ing. Carl-Otto Gensch, an expert in sustainability assessment of technologies and corporate strategies at the Eco-Institute for Applied Ecology in Freiburg; Rainer Roehl, a specialist in organic certification of institutional catering and restaurants; Hanni Rützler, a leading trend researcher; and finally Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.


INTERNORGA is the leading European trade fair for hotels, restaurants, institutional catering, bakery and confectionery, and has been held ever since 1921. It is classified by the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) as the only international HORECA trade fair in Germany. INTERNORGA takes place in March every year, with more than 1,300 exhibitors from Germany and abroad displaying their innovations, trends and complete solutions for the whole of the foodservice and hospitality market. In addition to the exhibitors’ presentations, there is a big programme of supporting events, international conferences, award presentations, and innovative side-event concepts. INTERNORGA is traditionally held at the Hamburg Fair site, at the heart of Hamburg. Admission is subject to proof of trade visitor status. For more information on INTERNORGA 2017, see