The Food and Drink Federation publishes shortlist for the FDF Awards 2020

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2020, which takes place on Thursday 4 February 2021 at The Royal Lancaster, London. The annual awards honour the dedication and commitment of those working in the industry, efforts which have ensured the country has been fed in the last few months.

An expert panel of judges helped decide for shortlist for each category from a range of nominees including noteworthy individuals, renowned brands, and rising SMEs from across the country. This year the FDF has introduced a new Sustainable Packaging Initiative Award, acknowledging those companies dedicated to reducing their environmental impact through creating sustainable packaging solutions. In light of the Covid-19 crisis, FDF is also celebrating individuals from across the food and drink industry who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes during the pandemic with a Hidden Heroes Award.

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 awards will welcome back Santander as headline partner, and this year’s category sponsors are IFST, Pentadel Project Management, PepsiCo UK and Santander.

 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. 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.”

 Andrew Williams, Head of Food & Drink Sector, Santander UK, said:

“In recent months UK food and drink manufacturers have shown their ability to tackle unprecedented challenges with innovation and boldness. These awards shine a light on the incredible hard work and talent that’s happening right across the industry. No doubt we’ll continue to face challenges, but our food and drink manufacturing will ensure the UK remains a global leader in exporting these goods. We’re thrilled to support the awards again and to celebrate an industry which is so integral to our economy.”

FDF Awards 2020 Shortlist

Apprentice of the Year: Michal Chalupka – Britvic PLC;Jordan Brosnan – Coca-Cola European Partners; David Blunt – Premier Foods; Matty Desforges – Samworth Brothers Ltd; Ryan Newton – Tereos UK & Ireland; Katie Lines – Weetabix Food Company Limited.

Brand Launch of the Year: Birds Eye – Birds Eye Green Cuisine; KP Snacks – McCoy’s Muchos; Little Dish – Little Dish Fresh Finger Food; PepsiCo – Naked Lean; Premier Foods – Mr Kipling; Princes.

 Campaign of the Year: Birds Eye – Birds Eye Steamfresh Eat In Full ColourBritvic Soft Drinks – Sticky situation? Time to TangoCompany Shop Group – Surplus Super Heroes by Company Shop Group; KP – KP ‘Check Your Nuts’ Movember CampaignMeatless Farm – The Meatless Consumption TargetMondelez International – ‘Donate your words’The Watercress Company – #watercress Grab it, Try it, Share it.

 Community Partner: Birds Eye – Birds Eye Veg Power Education Initiative – reigniting the love of vegetables amongst UK youngsters (and their parents); Coca-Cola – Coca-Cola and StreetGames – Where Everyone Plays; Community Shop – Partnering with the community for a stronger future; Food – a fact of life; Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP); Premier Foods – McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition; The Bread and Butter Thing.

 Diet and Health: Aunt Bessie’s (Nomad Foods) – Aunt Bessie’s Desserts Sugar Reduction; Kellogg’s – Kellogg’s Happy Guts CampaignKerry DaVinci Gourmet™ – Taste & Nutrition RenovationMorning Foods – Fibreful Oatbran porridgeNestlé UK and Ireland – Sugar and Calorie Reduction across Nestlé Confectionery (2015-2019)PepsiCo – Naked Leanpladis – McVitie’s Sugar Reduction.

 Education Initiative: Belazu Ingredient Company – Fresh Enterprise – Belazu and School Food Matters; Birds Eye – Birds Eye Veg Power Education Initiative – reigniting the love of vegetables amongst UK youngsters (and their parents)Britvic PLC – Britvic’s Young Persons ProgrammeFood – a fact of lifeGrow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP)Premier Foods – McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition.

 Emerging Business: Aldomak – home of luxury goodiesFeya caféIn the Welsh Wind DistilleryMade for DrinkNEMI TeasNurture BrandsPLAYin CHOC.

 Environmental Leadership: Birds Eye – Follow the Fish – a successful story of sustainable sourcing by Birds EyeFerrero – Ferrero: global leaders in sustainable palm oilMatthew Algie – Matthew Algie Sustainability 5 Year Plan (2017-2021)Midas Mead – Midas Mead’s Regeneration of Damaged Ancient WoodlandMilk & More – Milk & More’s environmental initiative; pladis UK and Ireland – #Road2ZeroThe Coca-Cola Foundation, The Rivers Trust, Thames21 and Enfield Council – Broomfield Park Wetland.

 Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Santander UK): Belvoir Fruit FarmsBritish Corner ShopBritvic PLCMacsween of EdinburghRamsden InternationalWyke Farms Ltd.

 Food and Drink Engineer of the Year: Jeff Nan – British SugarJose Carles – Coca-Cola European PartnersEmma McLeod – Mondelez InternationalKarl Davidson – PepsicoIan Pugh – Premier FoodsMark Carnell – Premier Foods; Jed Taylor -The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co.

 Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (sponsored by Institute of Food Science and Technology): Dr Steven Muir – Agrico UK LtdDan Hall – Campden BRIDr Danny Bayliss – Campden BRIDr Peter Hynes – Meatless FarmConan Fryer – Premier Foods.

 HR Initiative: 2 Sisters Food Group – Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Reduction Programapetito – Emerging Leaders ProgrammeBritvic PLC – myLife launch – supporting the wellbeing of our employeesCompany Shop Group – Celebrating our second Queen’s Award with our colleagues; KP Snacks – KP4ME: Making rewards more rewarding; Moy Park – Moy Park Culinary Academy; PepsiCo – ‘Grow our Own’ Training and Education Programme.

 Innovation (sponsored by Pentadel Project Management): Coppola Foods – Fabalous Organic Hazelnut & Cocoa Chickpeas spreadHunter & Gather FoodsMeatless Farm – Plant-based pea protein range; Pep & Lekker – New recipes, & sustainable packaging for Pep & LekkerPurely Plantain -3 Cheers for Health-Conscious PlantainThe Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co – The Pinter.

 Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year: James Collier – HuelLauren Woodley – Nomad FoodsRebecca Fitzgerald – Starbucks Coffee CompanyEdward Allen – Tata Consumer Products GB Ltd.

 Rising Star (sponsored by PepsiCo UK & Ireland): James McComas – Birds EyeSara Lopez – Birds EyeAnna Maitland – British SugarAmelia Cockran – Coca-Cola European PartnersMegan Eade – Reading Scientific Services LimitedOliver Bradbury – Premier Foods.

 Sustainable Packaging Initiative: ABP UK – Sustainable Meat Packaging ProjectBorder Biscuits – Border Biscuits removes 90% of plastic from its packagingCoca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners – Coca-Cola: Working towards a World Without WasteLittle Freddie organic baby & toddler food – Little Freddie’s Zero Waste to Landfill Pouch Recycling SchemeMontezuma’s Chocolate – Montezuma’s Sustainable Packaging – leading the way with recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packagingPrinces Limited – Recycled PET in soft drinks and edible oils.

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