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27 June 2019

Food and Drink Federation publishes shortlist for Awards 2019

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2019, which take place on Thursday 19 September at The Royal Lancaster, London. The annual awards celebrate the diversity, dynamism, and dedication of those who work in the industry and ensure that food and drink is so widely enjoyed across the UK, and around the world.

This year saw a record number of entries with the shortlist for each category chosen by an expert panel of judges. Nominees include household names as well as new products and faces and this year's awards include a new category, Registered Nutritionist / Dietitian of the Year. Nutritionists and dietitians support our industry in improving the health of the nation and are crucial to innovative new product development. This new accolade will recognise an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the food and drink sector in that field.

This prestigious event brings together around 500 guests to celebrate the success of the winners and the strength of the food and drink industry. Jay Rayner, British journalist, writer, broadcaster and celebrity restaurant critic, returns to host the ceremony.

The headline sponsor for the event is Santander, with menu and wine sponsored by Birds Eye Ltd and table plan sponsored by The Gap Partnership. This year's category sponsors are IFST, RSSL, PepsiCo UK, Santander, and Sheffield Hallam University.

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

“Congratulations to all the teams, individuals, and brands that were nominated for our Awards. The strength of our industry is its breadth and its boldness, each category will be hard fought. Despite the political uncertainty we face, our industry will continue to produce the high-quality and innovative goods for which we are known worldwide. Now more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate our success together. I look forward to toasting our shortlisted nominees in September.”

FDF Awards 2019 Shortlist

Apprentice of the Year:

  • Weetabix - Sam Dagley
  • Unilever UK & Ireland - Abigail Davidson
  • OAL - Kyle Constable
  • Premier Foods - Gareth Thompson
  • BV Dairy - Dennis Bell
  • ABP UK - Millie Blackburn

Brand Launch of the Year:

  • The Meatless Farm Co
  • pladis - Flipz
  • Premier Foods - Mr Kipling Unicorn Slices
  • Häagen-Dazs - Häagen-Dazs Mini-Cups Collection
  • Nature Valley - Nature Valley Nut Butter Cups
  • Samworth Brothers - Honest Crust
  • Britvic plc - Robinsons Fruit Creations and Robinsons Fruit Cordials

Campaign of the Year:

  • FareShare - Feed People First
  • Gosh! Food - The Gosh! Kindness Café
  • Birds Eye - Captain Birds Eye 'Real Food. Simply Made' campaign
  • Mr Kipling – Premier Foods - Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl's Splendiferous Summer Partnership
  • Mondelez International - Cadbury Inventor
  • apetito UK Ltd - Wiltshire Farm Foods Rebrand

Community Partner:

  • Loch Duart - Salmon Pool Community Fund
  • Valeo Foods UK - Rowse Hives for Lives
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain - ParkLives from Coca-Cola Great Britain
  • FareShare - Fight Hunger Create Change
  • Bags of Taste - Bags of Taste, combating food poverty
  • Company Shop Group - Community Shop: Building Stronger Individuals and More Confident Communities

Diet & Health:

  • Kellogg's - Kellogg's Coco Pops Sugar Reduction
  • Britvic - A Healthier Everyday
  • McCain Foods (GB) Ltd - McCain Home Chips Lighter
  • Mondelez International - Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar
  • Kerry Taste & Nutrition - Nutritional Optimisation in Beverage for our Foodservice customers through reformulation and NPD
  • Kellogg Company – W.K. Kellogg No Added Sugar Granolas

Education Initiative:

  • RSSL - Science Takes to the Road with RSSL
  • PepsiCo International - The PepsiCo Beaumont Park STEM Initiative
  • Coca-Cola European Partners - Coca-Cola European Partners and UK Youth's 'Reach Up' programme
  • Nestlé UK & Ireland, Girvan factory - Nestlé Girvan educational biodiversity site
  • Warburtons Ltd - Discover Warburtons Wheat project

Emerging Business (sponsored by RSSL):

  • Yorica!
  • Techni-K
  • Kolibri Drinks
  • Bon Accord Soft Drinks
  • NEMI Teas
  • The Meatless Farm Co
  • Mr Lee's Pure Foods Co.

Environmental Leadership:

  • Raynor Foods Ltd - Rosemary Gardens – Sustainable Food Systems
  • The Bay Fish and Chips - The Bay Fish and Chips
  • WWF/Coca-Cola Foundation Partnership - WWF/Coca-Cola Foundation Partnership
  • Nestlé UK&I - Leveraging Environmental Sustainability Through Collaboration
  • pladis UK&I - #RoadtoZero
  • Tate & Lyle Sugars - From sugar cane to building bricks: turning a by-product into a sustainable ingredient for artisan bricks

Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Santander):

  • Ramsden International
  • Millennium Group
  • St Pierre Groupe Ltd
  • Belvoir Fruit Farms
  • Global Brands Ltd.
  • Mr Lee's Pure Foods Co.

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year (sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University):

  • British Sugar - Grahame Poole
  • BV Dairy - Ryan Schouten
  • Mondelez International - Alexandra Agg
  • Coca-Cola European Partners - Craig Moore

Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (sponsored by IFST):

  • RSSL - Carole Bingley
  • The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen and SEFARI Gateway - Alexandra Johnstone
  • Agrico UK Ltd - Steven Muir
  • Raynor Foods Ltd - Durran Eden
  • Unilever UK & Ireland - Jacquie de Silva
  • PepsiCo International - Suzanne Davies
  • KP Snacks - David Clark

HR Initiative:

  • pladis UK&I - Positive minds
  • KP Snacks - Making mental health a priority at KP Snacks
  • Weetabix Food Company - Weetabix's Induction Experience
  • Birds Eye UK - Birds Eye UK Commercial Capability programme
  • Unilever - Unilever Integrated Talent Strategy
  • Mondelez International - BOOST Employee Wellbeing Programme
  • apetito UK Ltd - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Project


  • Made for Drink - Reclaim the pub for the local community via sublime snacks that pair perfectly with your favourite alcoholic tipples.
  • RSSL and The Meatless Farm Co - Meat Free Mince - affordable, unique and lovingly made from plants
  • Garçon Wines - Sustainable, flat wine bottle and game-changing 10 Flat Bottle Case
  • Company Shop Group - Unlocking the full potential in surplus – commercially, socially and environmentally
  • Raynor Foods Ltd - Rosemary Gardens - our on-site hydroponic, vertical, self-contained farm
  • KP Snacks - IWS: Making tomorrow better than today at KP Snacks
  • Hawkshead Relish - Hawkshead Relish Company Black Garlic Range

Registered Nutritionist / Dietitian of the Year:

  • Chartwells, Compass UK&I - Meg Longworth
  • Nomad Foods - Lauren Woodley
  • Huel - James Collier
  • pladis UK&I - Hannah Theobald
  • Ella's Kitchen - Claire Baseley
  • Raynor Foods Ltd - Caroline Page
  • Premier Foods - Luise Kloster

Rising Star (sponsored by PepsiCo UK):

  • Birds Eye UK - James McComas
  • Birds Eye - Natalie Lee
  • British Sugar - Rasan Chandra
  • Mondelez International - Lydia Cordice
  • Premier Foods - Jessica Kelly
  • Mondelez International - Alexandra Agg

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.
  2. The FDF Awards are fast becoming the industry benchmark of excellence for innovation, competitiveness and talent. 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.
  3. The FDF Awards 2019 Ceremony is a prestigious evening of great food and drink, catching up with colleagues and celebrating the achievements of the UK's thriving food and drink sector. It will take place on 19 September 2019 at The Royal Lancaster, hosted by Jay Rayner, British journalist, writer, broadcaster and food critic.

More Information

Contact Skye Oudemans, Regulation, Science & Sustainability Division, at: skye.oudemans@fdf.org.uk, or 020 7420 7206.

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