08 December 2017, 04:50 AM
  • Food and drink businesses wanting to celebrate their achievements and the hard work of talented individuals are being encouraged to enter the 2018 Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards, which are now officially open for entries
FDF Awards 2018 open for entries

The awards give entrants the chance to showcase the work that companies and individual employees are undertaking in areas such as exports, environmental leadership, education and health. This year there are also two new categories: Brand Launch of the Year and Packaging Initiative.

The awards are free to enter and winners will be announced at an event hosted by journalist and food critic Jay Rayner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 20th September 2018.

The awards are run by industry, for industry and are open to companies of all sizes including producers, retailers, restaurants, and wholesalers – any operator in the UK food chain can enter.

2017 winners included Joe and Seph’s, apetito and Loch Duart Salmon.

The categories are:

Company:
Brand Launch of the Year
Campaign of the Year
Community Partner
Diet & Health
Education Initiative
Environmental Leadership
Exporter of the Year
HR Initiative
Innovation
Packaging Initiative
Emerging Business

Individual:
Apprentice of the Year
Food and Drink Engineer of the Year
Food and Drink Scientist of the Year
Rising Star

Ian Wright, director general of the FDF said, “The FDF awards showcase the spectacular achievements of the UK’s food and drink businesses over the last year. There is a wealth of talent across the industry with teams and individuals going the extra mile to deliver success.

“These prestigious awards are a chance for this hard work to be recognised and celebrated, in front of the very best from the industry.”

Entry is free and online at fdf.org.uk/fdf-awards.aspx (closing date 21 February 2018). All entries will then be assessed by an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts and key stakeholders including sponsors.

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