A Japanese company took out the ISM Award 2017 at an official prize-giving ceremony held on 29 January in Cologne, as part of the sweets and snacks trade fair ISM.

The award, which recognises exceptional services in the sweets and snacks industry, was presented to Gota Morinaga, representative director of the Morinaga Company. A jury of international representatives from the industry, trade and field of science took into consideration the company's philosophy—"Delicious, Fun, Healthy"— as well as its social commitment.

In his thank-you speech, Morinaga stressed the value of international trade and said that attending ISM for more than 20 years had contributed towards a good and trusting cooperation with all trading partners.

Now in its fourth year, the ISM Award has previously awarded Herman Goelitz Rowland Sr, chairman of the board, Jelly Belly Candy Company (2014); Felix Richterich, proprietor and CEO of Ricola AG (2015) and James N. Walker, Walkers Shortbread (2016).