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The Most Innovative New Food Products Out There

Every year, the National Restaurant Association awards the top new food products as the winners of the Food and Beverage Innovation (FABI) Awards as a part of the show’s annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (this year in Chicago from May 16 to 19).

Chosen by an independent panel of culinary instructors, food editors, chefs, food brand executives and more, the winners are supposed to be the future of food.

Let’s take a look at how five of the award recipients fared when tasted by the general public (AKA ABC News editors).

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Of all the products named, this one truly seemed like the most innovative to us. It’s a problem any iced coffee or tea lover has faced: the sugar just won’t dissolve, sinking to the bottom for a grainy, concentrated sweetness. These liquid sugar packets, essentially just a simple syrup of sugar and water, totally erased that problem by instantly dissolving into our cold drinks. We didn’t love the flavored (mint and vanilla) versions, and the liquid wasn’t as sweet as the real stuff, but the packets were a welcome change.



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