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Superior Taste Award

MAKFA has received the prestigious international certification Superior Taste Award by the International Taste Institute

We are glad to announce that MAKFA has received the Superior Taste Award at the worldwide competition held by the International Taste Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Three our products were recognized and awarded:

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.

The International Taste Institute, founded in 2005 and based in Brussels, Belgium, evaluates and certifies the taste of food and drink from all over the world. Its jury is composed of over 200 renowned Chefs and Sommeliers from 15 European culinary or sommeliers associations. Over the years, more than 16’000 products were certified by the Taste Institute’s jury which includes prestigious chefs and sommeliers such as Ferran Centelles (Head Sommelier at El Bulli Foundation), Manuel Jimenez (Best Sommelier of Spain 2017), Alain Nonnet (2 Michelin stars for 36 years), Gaetano Raguni (Winner of Italy Bocuse d’Or 2017), Alan Coxon (British Ambassador for Food/Drink and BBC TV Chef presenter), or Cristina Figueira (1 Michelin Star)...

The Taste Institute’s performs objective sensory evaluation: its jury follows a rigorous blind tasting methodology in which product samples are anonymized to avoid any bias in the scoring. In addition to the scoring of the various sensory analysis criteria, the jury provides comments and eventually suggestions for further product improvement,or food pairing suggestions.

Stijn Roelandt —Sous-Chef at Hofvan 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”

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.

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

We congratulate our entire team on such a jury assessment. This is our common achievement!