The National Restaurant Association announced the recipients of the 2014 Food and Beverage Innovations awards which recognize progressive food and beverage products.

A panel of experts selected the award recipients based on the product’s benefits to restaurant operators and consumers.

Among the recipients is Atalanta Corporation for Sweety Drop Peppers that were discovered growing in the Amazon rainforest. Also recognized was Chiquita Brands International North America’s new line of salads, Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics from Fresh Express.

2014 Food and Beverage Innovations award recipients announcedThe awards will be presented at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show on May 17-20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. According to a news release, it is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals in the world.