Ingredient of the Year: Microbiome Modulation

The biotics playbook is expanding: Probiotics and Prebiotics remain the main ingredients, but options also now include synbiotics, postbiotics, and phages. Each brings its own advantages, but central to each will be to build the science to substantiate the claims, and market in a way that is true to that science and accessible to consumers.

This award celebrates the ingredients designed to beneficially modulate the microbiome to improve health.

Our Judges will look at how your ingredient meets specific needs and will base their scores on your evidence to demonstrate: 

  • A genuine consumer demand or requirement based upon a common issue or risk factor 
  • Solid scientific evidence to demonstrate a unique nutritional solution to this need or problem – including peer-reviewed data to back up any performance or health claims made
  • A good range of examples of applications / delivery systems for use in final product
  • Commercial success and engagement from your core target market(s). Give numbers and examples of sales and applications that are available in the market
  • What gives your ingredient the ‘X factor’ – something that makes it stand out from the crowd and edge out the competition (including evidence to back up claims)

To view the requirements for this category, Click to download 

Entries for The NutraIngredients Awards, Ingredient of the Year categories are required to have the ingredient in a finished product that is commercially available in Europe.


Entries are now closed for 2024.


  • Once all entries are received they will be reviewed by the NutraIngredients Awards Judging Panel made up of independent judges from the industry.
  • Our 2024 finalists will be confirmed and notified in March 2024. 
  • Our 2024 winners will be announced during an awards' presentation in Geneva on the Wednesday, 15th May 2024.