We have recently been honoured for our innovative work creating patented insulin cooling products for people with diabetes.
National trade body, the Outdoor Industries Association, has named our Viva Zipper Wallet which keeps insulin at a safe temperature for days, its UK Product of the Year and Best Accessory at its UK Outdoor Industry Awards.
Activated by immersing in water, the FRIO Viva Wallet features the company’s crystal technology and keeps insulin, anaphylactic shock pens and other temperature sensitive medication cool for days.
Having diversified into the outdoor and leisure market last year, we launched our Viva Zipper wallet and related sports and leisure products at the Outdoor Trade Show in Coventry in September. We then showcased our products at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at the ExCeL centre London in February this year. Consumers voted for their favourite products online and in person at the show.
Judges, which included specialist outdoor retailers and journalists, voted for the winners of each of ten categories which were announced at the OIA’s trade conference gala dinner in Harrogate. Our Viva wallet beat three other products to be crowned Best Accessory before picking up the overall Product of the Year award.
Karen Munn, Director of FRIO UK, said: «It as a huge honour for us to be recognised by the outdoor industry’s trade association and to the UK’s top outdoor product award is incredible.
Our aim is always to give people with diabetes the freedom and access to enjoy outdoor pursuits by keeping their vital insulin supplies cool and safe. This award spurs us on to keep developing new products for people with diabetes.»
Judges Candy Evans, Rosie Fuller and Phoebe Smith were impressed with the Viva Zipper wallet for its ability to give everyone access to the great outdoors.
Candy Evans, test editor for the Camping and Caravanning Club magazine, said: «Much of what I do is about promoting the outdoors for everyone, regardless of age, creed or ability. It seems to me the Frio Wallet is a simple device that can make ‘getting outside’ that bit easier for those who rely on temperature-sensitive medication, which must be a good thing!»
Rosie Fuller, Editor of Adventure Travel, said: «A great product for helping make the outdoors more accessible to more people.»
Phoebe Smith, Editor of Wanderlust, said: «It’s a simple idea but will make such a huge difference in walking, travel and adventure for those who need vital medication to be kept cool. Anything that makes the outdoors more inclusive for everyone gets my vote!»