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26 July 2010

Shortlist for 2010 Community Partnership Awards revealed

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PRESS RELEASE

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF)[1] has unveiled the final shortlist for its annual Community Partnership Awards[2].

Following an extensive judging process by industry experts[3] and chaired by Lord Haskins, former government adviser and CEO of Northern Foods, the companies shortlisted for the 2010 Awards are:

AF Blakemore and Son, Alpro UK, ASDA Stores, Bel UK, Cadbury UK, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Findus Group, General Mills UK, Greggs, Mars Chocolate UK, McCain Foods, New Covent Garden Market, Samworth Brothers Limited, The Authentic Food Company, Typhoo Tea, Unilever UK, United Biscuits and Young's Seafood.

The companies have been shortlisted for the following categories: culture, media and sport; education; environment; local community and workplace community)[4]. For the first time, an overall winner will be selected for the President's Award by FDF President Ross Warburton MBE. All winners will be announced at a prestigious luncheon at the Institute of Directors, London, on Tuesday 19 October 2010.

Commenting on the judging of the Awards, FDF's Director of Communications, Julian Hunt, said:

“The CPA Awards may already be in their eighth year, but the quality of entries we receive keeps getting better and better, demonstrating food and drink companies clear commitment to making a positive difference in their community. We received a record number of entries this year and the standard was exceptional."

"All of our judges were extremely impressed by the range of inspiring initiatives being carried out by companies to engage with their local communities, help to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, make a difference to the environment, and encourage young people to learn about our industry and to keep fit and healthy.”

Notes to Editors

1. FDF is the voice of the food and drink industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.

2. FDF's Community Partnership Awards recognise the food and drink chain's longstanding commitment to the community and provide a showcase for the sector's widespread activities in corporate social responsibility. Visit the FDF website for further information about the Awards and details of previous years' winners' initiatives.

3. The judging panel was chaired by former Chairman of Northern Foods Lord Haskins. The panel comprised Gillian Barker, Director General of Caravan; Andy Dawe, Head of Retail Programmes at the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP); Christine Hancock, Director, Oxford Health Alliance; Lorraine Hendle, Publishing Director of The Grocer; Julian Hunt, Director of Communications at the Food and Drink Federation; Andrew Kuyk CBE, Director of Sustainability at the Food and Drink Federation; Rick Pendrous, Editor of Food Manufacture; Robert Tate, Account Manager and Membership Director of BITC London and Martin Wright, Editor-in-Chief at Green Futures magazine.

4. The categories for the Awards are:

  • Culture, Media and Sport: this category recognises initiatives in culture, media and sport undertaken with communities across the UK
  • Education: this Award acknowledges local and/or national education specific initiatives
  • Environment: this category highlights the leadership being shown by the food and drink sector in reducing its environmental impact
  • Local Community: this Award pays tribute to a company's ongoing commitments to its immediate community
  • Workplace Community: rewarding projects and initiatives that specifically benefit the company's employees – including projects that promote healthy living and lifestyles in the workplace

More Information

FDF Press team
Cath Wilkins on cath.wilkins@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7132
Sarah Lovell on sarah.lovell@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7131
Rebecca Wilhelm rebecca.wilhelm@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7140

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