The award is made to someone who has made a significant contribution to the sector over the past year.
The winner will join an illustrious few to have received the honour.
To find out about the seven previous recipients of the award, what they did to win it and what impact it has had for them, enjoy our gallery of previous Personality of the Year award winners.
This year’s shortlist
The Personality of the Year award is made to an individual chosen from a shortlist of candidates proposed by the Food Manufacture editorial team.
This year’s shortlist includes the chief executive of Dairy Crest Mark Allen; the md of Coca-Cola Enterprises Simon Baldry; the md of Wyke Farms Richard Clothier; the chairman and chief executive of Nestlé UK and Ireland Fiona Kendrick; the chairman of R&R Ice Cream James Lambert; and the chairman of the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group for Food Manufacturing John Stevenson MP.
Click here to find out all about this year’s crop of nominees.
You can have your say about which person has done the most over the past year to raise the profile of the food and drink industry by visiting the FoodManAwards web site and voting.
The winner will be announced at a glittering awards dinner on Thursday November 21 at London’s Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.