OMAHA, Neb. (August 2, 2010 -BusinessWire)—ConAgra Foods was recognized recently with the Institute of Food Technologists Industrial Achievement Award for its Healthy Choice (R) Cafe Steamers(TM) product platform. The judges described Cafe Steamers as "a significant improvement in frozen meal preparation and quality."
The award honors a company or organization for "an outstanding development which represents a significant advance in the application of food science and technology to food production." The award was presented at the IFT Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, Ill.
"Cafe Steamers are a true representation of our efforts to use science and innovation to bring consumers high-quality, fresh-tasting food that's also convenient," said Gordon Smith, vice president, Research and Development, ConAgra Foods. "To be selected by peer scientists for this award is a real honor."
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers was named in 2009 as the number one new food item, measured by sales in 2008, according to IRI data. The product also received a World Packaging Organisation WorldStar Award in 2009, when it was awarded top honors with the President's Award Gold. Cafe Steamers use tray-in-tray steaming technology to separate sauce from frozen ingredients, using steam to cook the meal.