Bond-themed manufacturing awards celebrate food industry

By Michael Stones

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This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – with their James Bond theme – aim to celebrate the best of British food and drink manufacturing.

We are looking for companies and individuals who have reached the pinnacle of manufacturing excellence​. The awards include nine individual categories, together with awards for ‘Best new use of food ingredients’, ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’, ‘Supply Chain Initiative of the Year’, ‘Training programme of the Year’, and Young Talent of the Year; a new award for 2014.

Judges’ star performer

Additional awards will also be made for ‘SME Innovation of the Year’ (typically a company that employs fewer than 100 people and has a turnover of less that £10M a year) and ‘Judges’ star performer’. This award is made to the firm that, in the judges’ opinion, has been outstanding in one particular area of activity.

Entry is free and simple. Complete an online entry form​ or download a form to complete and return by post.

Judging criteria for the individual categories cover: category management, marketing and new product development, supply chain improvements, quality assurance, health and safety and environmental management, process innovation and human resources development.

Last year, Premier Foods swept the board, winning three FMEAs​ – including Best manufacturing company of the year.

This year, Food Manufacture Group readers are again invited to vote for their Personality of the Year from our shortlist of six candidates​ via an online poll. This year’s shortlisted candidates are: Charlie Bigham, founder, Charlie Bigham's posh ready meals business, Patrick Coveney, chief executive, Greencore, Gavin Darby, chief executive, Premier Foods, Chris Elliott, professor of Food Safety, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen's University, Belfast, Helen and Lisa Tse, founders, Sweet Mandarin,  Andy Wood, chief executive, Adnams.

London Hilton in Park Lane

This year’s awards will be presented at the London Hilton in Park Lane on Thursday November 20.

To enter the awards, visit our awards website​ or email Rebecca George at: or call her on: 01293 610422.

So, make an Oscars awards date for your diary – we promise you will be stirred not shaken.

Meanwhile, enjoy our top 10 quotes from James Bond movies. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite Bond actor in our quiz.


10 Top Bond quotes

  1. “Good morning, my name is Bond...James Bond.” On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  2. “Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?” Casino Royale
  3. “Mmm, maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon ’52 can’t be all bad​.” The Spy Who Loved Me
  4. “If you’re Q, does that make him R?”The World is Not Enough
  5. “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as, drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.”Goldfinger
  6. “Red wine with fish...Well that should have told me something.” From Russia with Love
  7. “In my business you prepare for the unexpected.” Licence to Kill
  8. “The World is not enough.” The World is Never Enough
  9. Well, hardest substance found in nature, they cut glass, suggests marriage, I suppose it replaced the dog as the girl's best friend. That's about it.’ Diamonds are Forever
  10. “You’re a woman of many parts, Pussy.”Goldfinger


Who is your favourite James Bond actor?

  • Pierce Brosnan

  • Sean Connery

  • Daniel Craig

  • Timothy Dalton

  • George Lazenby

  • Roger Moore

  • David Niven

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