FDF Awards

01 July 2020

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.

Entry to the FDF Awards 2021 has now closed. Keep an eye out for the shortlist announcement in July.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 16 September 2021, taking place at the Royal Lancaster, London.


How to enter

Submit your entry

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 and education providers
Awards categories

Latest updates

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


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


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

FDF Awards 2020 Ceremony Update

Sadly, given the current Covid-19 restrictions, we will no longer be coming together in person to celebrate the winners of our FDF Awards 2020. Instead we would like to invite you to join us in recognising the very best in food and drink, as we announce the winners of the FDF Awards at our free virtual awards ceremony, on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

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Congratulations to the finalists of our FDF Awards 2020!

"Congratulations to all the teams, individuals, and brands that were nominated for our Awards. Food and drink manufacturers have exceeded all expectations over the last few months in compacting the impact of Covid-19. Despite enormous pressure, the food has kept flowing and the nation has been fed – solidifying our role as part of the UK's critical national infrastructure. Our industry continues 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 February."
Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation

Winners will be announced at our free virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

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2021 FDF Awards categories

 Apprentice of the Year 2019

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 2019

Brand Launch of the Year

Have you launched an exciting new brand, whether a single product or a range? Or is your business strengthening an existing brand or rebranding an existing range?

 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 community partner 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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!

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

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 2019

Environmental Leadership

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

Exporter of the Year 2019

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


Many companies within our 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 industry in improving the health of the nation, and are crucial to innovative new product development.

FDF Awards Rising Star 2019

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.

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Sustainable Packaging Initiative

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

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Contact us

For more information contact

Casey Horn

Marketing and Commercial Analyst

Tel: 020 7420 7146

Email: casey.horn@fdf.org.uk