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26 July 2017

FDF Awards 2017 - Regional Growth Business shortlist

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Regional Growth Business category of the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017. The category is split by geographical area and sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP.

The Food and Drink Federation Awards celebrate the success of the food and drink manufacturing industry and the hardworking people within it. The ceremony takes place on Thursday 21 September at The Brewery in London, with headline sponsor Santander.

The Award is divided into five sub-categories: Central & Northern England, South East England, South West England, Scotland & Northern Ireland, and Wales. The finalists, selected by a panel of expert judges, highlight both the geographic range and innovative work of the sector.

FDF Awards 2017 Shortlist

Regional Growth Business (sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP):

  • Central & Northern England: Beckleberry's, Sleaford Quality Foods, T Soanes and Son, Tommy Tucker, The Yorkshire Wagyu Company Ltd
  • South East England: Bakedin, The Bread Factory, Huffkins, Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn, Salter's Must Chup Sauces, Simply Ice Creams
  • South West England: Friska, The Great British Biscotti Company, Mr Lee's Noodles Company
  • Scotland & Northern Ireland: Loch Duart, Mash Direct, Nairn's Oatcakes, Robertson's Fine Foods, Willowbrook Foods
  • Wales: Clarks – The Natural Sweeteners, Dawn Meats, Lovemore Free From Foods, Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company, Tiny Rebel, Village Dairy

Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“These finalists are a credit to our industry and another reminder of the variety of food and drink manufacturing. One of the sector's defining characteristics is its national presence, spanning the country in terms of both employment and businesses. We look forward to celebrating with all of them at our Awards ceremony in September.”

Trefor Griffith, head of food and beverage, Grant Thornton UK LLP, commented:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Growth Business category again this year. To ensure the food and beverage sector continues to thrive, organisations need to focus on stimulating sustainable growth and it is encouraging to see such a broad range of companies included in the shortlist for this award. The regional variety displays both the strength and reach of the sector across the UK and the important role it plays within the economy.”

Notes for editors:

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk
  2. Grant Thornton is one of the world's leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. The UK Grant Thornton member firm provides services to over 40,000 privately held businesses, public interest entities and individuals. It is led by more than 185 partners and employs more than 4,200 of the profession's brightest minds. Find out more at www.grant-thornton.co.uk.

More Information

Contact Skye Oudemans, Corporate Affairs Division, at: skye.oudemans@fdf.org.uk, or 02074207120.

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