Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017

The awards are fast becoming the industry benchmark of excellence for innovation, competitiveness and talent.

Does your company get noticed as the best in its field?

Have you got an exceptional colleague deserving the limelight?

2017 Awards entry is now open

  • The UK food and drink industry is bursting with bright ideas and talented individuals so make sure your company gets the national recognition it deserves
  • Take credit for your achievements - will anyone else do it for you? Make sure your customers know that your company makes a difference in the environment, to health or to local communities

Show how your colleagues are the best in the field and how your company nurtures talented employees

Who can enter?

  • Food and drink manufacturers
  • Retailers, producers, growers, hospitality
  • Sectors working with the food and drink supply chain including researchers, distributors, health, local authorities, education providers

Company categories 2016

Individual categories 2016

Company categories


Campaign of the Year

Companies are becoming ever-more innovative in communicating with their audiences. This category is for in-house or agency teams to enter campaigns centering on sales; driving behaviour change, launches, research or increasing awareness. The campaign can utilise a variety of media including digital, PR or marketing.

The judges will be looking for campaigns that are strongly evaluated against their original aims. Success will be considered against the original objectives and should include a variety of measurement of success, not just AVE or 'likes'. The judges will be looking for a campaign that is creative, achieves its objectives, is clearly evaluated and robustly demonstrates its value for money.

View 2016 winner case study

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Community Partner

Are you making a difference in your community?

Many food and drink supply chain companies work closely with their communities and this can either be a physical community, such as those living close to the factory; a specific sector of society or even an online community.

We are looking for companies that have carried out stand-out work with their chosen community and made a positive difference.

View 2016 winners case studies:

KP Snacks: View case study

Warburtons: View case study

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Education Initiative

Many companies work positively with schools and colleges to encourage interest in food and drink manufacturing and help to facilitate employment opportunities for young people.

Nominations could be for a one-off event, an ongoing contribution to lessons, schemes to experience the world of work or develop employability skills.

Entries can be made for local or national initiatives.

View 2016 winner case study

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Environmental Leadership

Everyone is looking to produce more with less and with less impact on the environment. Our Environmental Leadership category is for companies that can meet either of the criteria below:

  • Embedding sustainability throughout a product from development right through to customer use and disposal
  • Ground-breaking initiatives to reduce your company's impact on the planet

View 2016 winner case study

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Exporter of the Year

British food and drink has never been more popular and exports continue to be a key area for growth. This category is for companies that are entering new markets, creating targeted products or growing sales in established markets. It is open to manufacturers but also to intermediary companies. The judges will look at achievement and ambition relative to the size of the company, not just the largest sales figures!

View 2016 winner case study

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Good Employer

Employee recruitment and retention is important to a successful company, so show us how your company is a great place to work. Initiatives under this category must specifically benefit your employees and could include employee support, innovative training, workplace wellbeing or an 'above and beyond' approach to flexibility.

View 2016 winner case study

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Regional Growth Business Awards

This year, we will be recognising a winner from each region and country of the UK in our Growth Business award category. We are looking to find the best inspiring and thriving food or drink producer from each area.

The six regions are:

  • South East England
    London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • South West England
    Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Channel and Scilly Isles
  • Central England
    Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire
  • Wales
  • Northern England
    Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester
  • Scotland and Northern Ireland

We will be awarding our winner based on achievement relative to company size so both large and small companies stand an equal chance of claiming this prestigious award as we will also be looking at the sustainability and ambition of growth.

Growth can be through increased sales, capacity and resource expansion, developing new and innovative product lines or even impressive first-year achievements after starting from scratch. In short, if you think your business is fabulous, enter and tell us why.

View 2016 Growth award winner's case studies:

Central England and Wales: Sleaford Quality Foods

South East England: The Bread Factory

South West England: Clipper Teas

Northern England and overall winner: Karro Food Group

Scotland and Northern Ireland: Macsween of Edinburgh

For more information email events@fdf.org.uk

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Health

How a company has made a contribution to the health and wellbeing of its customers, either through:

  • Product reformulation , changing recipes to reduce salt, fat and sugar content or increasing fibre or vegetable composition
  • Focusing on portion sizes and offering a range of smaller or more adaptable products to encourage healthy eating
  • Creating new products – helping people achieve dietary targets

The category is open to all sizes of companies and achievement will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The business case. As well as being the right thing to do, how did you project fit in with the organisation's wider objectives and business plan
  • Research and evidence. All submissions should clearly show not only the need for the project but also the research, evidence and testing used to support the project
  • The reach of the project. Each submission should clearly show the audience reached and how the change will motivate this audience to focus on health and wellbeing
  • The development process. Whether it is an original concept or extension of existing work, the judges need to see the steps from concept to final project delivery
  • Outcomes. Each entry should show it has delivered a difference to improving the health of its consumers

View 2016 Growth award winner's case studies:

Health and Wellbeing: Little Dish
Product reformulation: Premier Foods – Homepride range

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Innovation

Many companies within our industry do exceptional work, creating products or developing new ways of thinking and working. Entrants must show either of these:

  • Significant development achieved over the past three years in either product research and/or Development in the food supply chain eg developing new ingredients to cut waste or improve yield

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  • A significant and innovative change to the way you do business eg processes, packaging or logistics

View 2016 winner case study


Individual categories


Apprentice of the Year

There are more apprentices than ever in the food and drink supply chain and these are the potential industry leaders of the future. Our Apprentice of the Year will have shown exceptional progress in both their skills development and studies or made an exceptional contribution to the business through a one-off project.

Those nominated must be undertaking their apprenticeship at the time of nomination. The nomination can be made by a line manager, HR representative or college tutor.

View 2016 winner case study

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Community Champion

Have you got an exceptional colleague that is driving community engagement? We are looking for our Community Champion who, through their daily activities, works to align their business with others' needs. It could be someone who works directly with charities, raises money in the workplace or ensures that the needs of communities are taken into account with business strategies or product development.

The community work can be undertaken during or outside of work time but there must be some link with employment. Nominations can be made by line managers, colleagues or HR managers.

View 2016 winner case study

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Food & Drink Scientist of the Year

Scientific developments help to give our industry its competitive edge and we are fortunate to have many talented scientists working within our sector. This award will recognise someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the food and drink sector.

Nominees must:

  • Be currently employed within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector
  • Have contributed to product development over a sustained period or be a promising new entrant to the industry who has led at least one significant project
  • Be a positive role model/ambassador within the company and externally
  • Go 'above and beyond' as an exceptional employee in both their work and behaviours

View 2016 winner case study

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Food & Drink Engineer of the Year

Engineering skills are essential for our industry to grow 20% by 2020 and we want to recognise the people that will make this happen. Entrants can be nominated by a colleague, line manager or self nominate.

Nominees must

  • Be currently employed within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector
  • Have contributed to product development over a sustained period or be a promising new entrant to the industry who has led at least one significant project
  • Be a positive role model/ambassador within the company and externally
  • Go 'above and beyond' as an exceptional employee in both their work and behaviours

View 2016 winner case study

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Rising Star

We're looking for the bright sparks of the food and drink industry with this brand new award category. Open to entrants within their first five years in the industry at any academic and training level, the Rising Star category is for the people with the potential to go far. Nominations can be made by line managers or HR managers.

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