FDF Awards

16 September 2021

The FDF Awards recognise and reward excellence for innovation, competitiveness and talent in the food and drink industry.

Each year, companies from across the food and drink supply chain enter the FDF Awards, and over 500 guests come together to celebrate the winners at the FDF Awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the winners of our FDF Awards 2021 who were announced at the FDF Awards Ceremony on 16 September 2021 at the Royal Lancaster, London.

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Congratulations for the winners of our FDF Awards 2021

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"Yet again, all of the entries for the FDF Awards showcased the excellence of the people, businesses, initiatives and innovation which exists right across our sector. Every single individual and company nominated should be extremely proud of the contribution they make towards to the food and drink industry.

"Following a tough few years, the industry continues to go from strength-to-strength, I am immensely proud of the way every person across the food and drink supply chain has responded to the challenges of Covid, our EU Exit and – now – the extremely tight labour market.

"Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to all our category sponsors for their support this evening."

Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive
Food and Drink Federation

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FDF Awards 2021 Winners

Apprentice of the Year

Cherri Chan – Unilever UK & Ireland

Brand launch of the year

Macphie - Simply clever food

Business Resilience

Kanes Foods Limited

Campaign of the Year

Coca-Cola Great Britain - Coca-Cola: Open Like Never Before

Community Partner

FareShare

Diet and Health

Eurest (Compass Group UK & I) - Food to take you further

Digital Transformation

Addo Food Group

Education Initiative

Chilled Food Association - Chilled Education

Emerging Business

Moorish

Environmental Leadership

Muntons - Bioenergy Plant

Exporter of the Year

Taylors of Harrogate

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year

Robert Jabangwe - Jordans Dorset Ryvita (part of Associated British Foods)

Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (joint winner)

Mark Auty - RSSL

Stella Cochrane - Unilever UK & Ireland

HR Initiative

KP Snacks

Innovation

Company Shop Group - The Luminary Programme

Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year

Claire Baseley - Ella's Kitchen

Rising Star

Beulah Davies - Premier Foods

Sustainable Packaging Initiative

Britvic PLC - Britvic’s long-term commitment to recycled plastic and the circular economy

Congratulations to the finalists of our FDF Awards 2021!

“With over 200 nominees across 18 categories, these are the biggest ever FDF awards. Those nominated exhibit the extraordinary vibrancy and resourcefulness of the food and drink industry as it faced the twin challenges of Covid-19 and the UK’s EU exit. All of those nominated are heroes. The judges have a herculean task to decide the winners.”

Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation

FDF Awards 2021 Shortlist

Apprentice of the Year

  • Amelia Cockran - Coca-Cola Europacific partners
  • April Streeton - Britvic PLC
  • Cherri Chan - Unilever UK & Ireland
  • Emily Chater - Pilgrim's UK
  • Laura Foster-Stockill - Asda
  • Mobin Ahmad - Unilever UK & Ireland
  • Richard Laursen - Unilever UK & Ireland

Brand Launch of the Year

  • Jason's Sourdough
  • Macphie - Simply clever food
  • Old El Paso™ - Tortilla Pockets™
  • pladis UK&I - McVitie’s V.I.Bs
  • The Naked Collective Ltd - Mude
  • Walkers - Walkers MAX Brand Re-Stage, including: New MAX Double Crunch and New KFC Flavours

Business Resilience

  • Beckleberry's
  • Britvic PLC
  • Kanes Foods Limited
  • KP Snacks
  • Made for Drink
  • Princes

Campaign of the Year

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board - AHDB’s We Eat Balanced
  • Aunt Bessie's (Nomad Foods) - ‘Caring is the hardest thing we do’ Campaign
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain - Coca-Cola: Open Like Never Before
  • EMILY - Lockdown Posters OOH Campaign
  • FareShare - FareShare and Marcus Rashford combine forces to tackle childhood holiday hunger
  • Quaker Oats, PepsiCo - Quaker Oats. Stay Home. Go Forridge

Community Partner

  • Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola Europacific partners - Coca-Cola: Make A Difference
  • Community Shop - Healthy Holidays
  • FareShare
  • Ferrero UK - Joy of Moving
  • Macphie - From sauces to sanitiser
  • NEMI Teas
  • The Bread and Butter Thing

Diet and Health

  • Eurest (Compass Group UK & I) - Food to take you further
  • Goodfella’s Pizza - Goodfella’s non-HFSS innovation and optimisation
  • Graze (Unilever) – Flapjack Sugar Reduction
  • Knorr - Zero Salt Stock Cubes
  • OptiBiotix - GoFigure® Blueberry & Raspberry Flapjacks
  • Radnor Hills - Radnor Vits

Digital Transformation

  • Addo Food Group
  • Compass Group UK & Ireland
  • Food Standards Agency
  • KP Snacks
  • Red Tractor Assurance
  • Scottish Sea Farms

Education Initiative

  • Britvic PLC - Encouraging the next generation to pursue careers in STEM
  • Chartwells Independents - The Adventurous Food Book
  • Chilled Food Association - Chilled Education
  • Coca-Cola Europacific partners and UK Youth – Reach Up programme
  • REHIS / FSS Secondary Schools Initiative
  • Rhug Estate - Organic Farm Tours

Emerging Business

  • Holy Lama Naturals
  • Moorish
  • NEMI Teas
  • Sedamyl
  • The Basic Ingredients Ltd.
  • We Love Purely

Environmental Leadership

  • Accolade Wines Europe - Carbon neutrality across Accolade Wines Europe’s UK-packaged core branded portfolio
  • Arbikie Distillery - Nadar – distilling the world’s first climate-positive gin
  • Cranswick Milton Keynes - Mission Zero
  • FareShare - FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose scheme
  • Muntons - Bioenergy Plant
  • Nestlé UK&I and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK - Podback – the UK’s first cross-industry collaboration to recycle coffee pods

Exporter of the Year

  • British Corner Shop
  • Nairn’s Oatcakes Ltd
  • Princes Limited
  • Ramsden International
  • Symington's Ltd
  • Taylors of Harrogate

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year

  • Amy White - Coca-Cola Europacific partners
  • Andrew Bosman - Campden BRI
  • Bayan Al Balushi - British Sugar
  • David Lipcsey - Scottish Sea Farms
  • Duncan Gordon - The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co.
  • Robert Jabangwe - Jordans Dorset Ryvita (part of Associated British Foods)

Food and Drink Technologist / Scientist of the Year

  • Debora Saibene - PepsiCo
  • Johnny Durant - Nomad Foods
  • Lucas Westphal - Campden BRI
  • Mark Auty - RSSL
  • Muriel Vanoli - St. Pierre Groupe
  • Stella Cochrane - Unilever UK & Ireland

HR Initiative

  • ABP UK - Winter Health Campaign
  • Coca-Cola Europacific partners - GB Equity programme
  • Coca-Cola Europacific partners’ Career Builder Programme
  • KP Snacks
  • Moy Park Ltd - Moy Park’s Commercial Academy
  • Premier Foods - Big enough to feed the nation, small enough to care
  • Princes - ‘Our Princes – Our People’

Innovation

  • Aunt Bessie's (Nomad Foods) - 10 Glorious Golden Yorkshire Puddings
  • Company Shop Group - The Luminary Programme
  • Knorr - Zero Salt Stock Cubes
  • LettUs Grow in Partnership with Octopus Energy for Business - Powering vertical farming with 100% green energy
  • Slightly Different Foods - A food solution to improve gut health and IBS symptoms
  • The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co. - The Pinter

Rising Star

  • Alex Brown - Goodfella’s Pizza (Birds Eye UK)
  • Beulah Davies - Premier Foods
  • Daniel Clarke - Huel
  • Georgia Knight - Unilever
  • Mandy Chambers - apetito
  • Tess Kelly - Quorn Foods

Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian of the Year

  • Claire Baseley - Ella's Kitchen
  • Holly Roper - Quorn Foods
  • James Collier - Huel
  • Julie Foster - Cereal Partners UK
  • Luxey Dayanandan - Restaurant Associates Group
  • Rees Bramwell - Eurest (Compass Group UK & Ireland)

Sustainable Packaging Initiative

  • Britvic PLC - Britvic’s long-term commitment to recycled plastic and the circular economy
  • Ernie
  • Macphie - Macphie moves to plant-based packaging
  • Piccolo Foods - Piccolo’s 100% recyclable Yellow & Go pouches
  • Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I - SBF GB&I rolls up its sleeves to drive bottle-to-bottle recycling
  • TrakRap Ltd – Wrapping Retailers into Sustainability

Winners will be announced our awards ceremony on 16 September 2021, taking place at the Royal Lancaster, London. Early bird ticket prices available until 20 August. Register your place now >

Congratulations to the winners of our FDF Awards 2020!

Last night, representatives from across the supply chain came together virtually to celebrate the efforts of the food and drink industry over the last year at the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2020. The event toasted the achievements of the sector across a variety of categories including areas of innovation, sustainability, and growth. The awards also recognised the efforts of the exceptional individuals who work within the industry.

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FDF Awards 2020 Winners

Apprentice of the Year

Coca-Cola European Partners - Jordan Brosnan

Brand launch of the year

Birds Eye - Birds Eye Green Cuisine

Campaign of the Year

KP - KP ‘Check Your Nuts’ Movember Campaign

Community Partner

The Bread and Butter Thing

Diet and Health

Aunt Bessie’s (Nomad Foods) - Aunt Bessie’s Desserts Sugar Reduction

Education Initiative

Britvic PLC - Britvic’s Young Persons Programme

Emerging Business

PLAYin CHOC

Environmental Leadership

Milk & More - Milk & More’s environmental initiative

Exporter of the Year

Wyke Farms Ltd

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year

Mondelez International - Emma McLeod

Food and Drink Scientist of the Year

Agrico UK Ltd - Dr Steven Muir

HR Initiative

PepsiCo - ‘Grow our Own’ Training and Education Programme

Innovation

Meatless Farm - Plant-based pea protein range

Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year

Nomad Foods - Lauren Woodley

Rising Star

Premier Foods - Oliver Bradbury

Sustainable Packaging Initiative (joint winner)

Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners - Coca-Cola: Working towards a World Without Waste

Little Freddie organic baby & toddler food - Little Freddie's Zero Waste to Landfill Pouch Recycling Scheme In Partnership with Enval Ltd

Hidden Hero

Moy Park’s Culinary Team - Craigavon

Unilever UK & Ireland - Erika Burany

Lifetime Achievement

Dr Roger Angold

 

2021 FDF Awards categories

 Apprentice of the Year 2021

Apprentice of the Year

There are more apprentices than ever in the food and drink supply chain. These are the potential industry leaders of the future.

Brand Launch of the Year 2021

Brand Launch of the Year

This category looks at food and drink manufacturers launching a new brand, launching a new initiative to strengthen an existing brand or launching a rebrand. In all three cases, the brand may relate to a single product or a range of products.

 Apprentice of the Year 2019

Business Resilience - new for 2021!

2020 has been a challenging year for the food and drink supply chain. Show us how your organisation has worked through the difficulties to emerge stronger.

FDF Awards campaign of the year 2021

Campaign of the Year

This category is for in-house or agency teams to enter campaigns centring on sales, driving behaviour change, launches, research or increasing awareness.

FDF Awards community partner 2021

Community Partner

Are you making a difference in your community? We are looking for companies that have carried out outstanding work with their chosen community and made a positive difference.

Diet and health 2021

Diet and Health

This award is aimed at recognising where companies are helping their customers achieve dietary goals by changing products or introducing new products.

FDF Awards 2021

Digital Transformation - new for 2021!

Digital has proved to be pivotal for manufacturing operations and many organisations have invested in digital transformation projects.

FDF Awards Education Initiative 2019

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.

FDF Awards Emerging Business 2019

Emerging Business

Have you started your business and experienced a significant growth in the past few years? Are you proud to be a thriving food or drink company in your area?

FDF Awards Environmental leadership 2021

Environmental Leadership

Everyone is looking to produce more with less and with less impact on the environment.

Exporter of the Year 2021

Exporter of the Year

British food and drink has never been more popular and exports continue to be a key area for growth.

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year 2019

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year

Engineering skills are essential for our industry to grow and we want to recognise the people that will make this happen.

Food and drink scientist of the year 2019

Food and Drink Technologist / 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.

FDF Awards HR initiative 2019

HR Initiative

Employee recruitment and retention is important to a successful company, so show us how your company is a great place to work.

FDF Awards innovation 2019

Innovation

Many companies within the food and drink industry do exceptional work, creating products or developing new ways of thinking and working.

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Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year

Nutritionists and dietitians support our food and drink industry in improving the health of the nation, and are crucial to innovative new product development.

FDF Awards Rising Star 2021

Rising Star

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.

Sustainable packaging 2021

Sustainable Packaging Initiative

This new FDF Awards category looks at how food and drink producers have moved towards more sustainable packaging solutions particularly in respect of plastics.

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Casey Horn

Marketing and Commercial Analyst

Tel: 020 7420 7146

Email: casey.horn@fdf.org.uk