Food manufacturing Oscars awarded this Thursday

By Michael Stones

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Don't miss your licence to thrill at the food and drink manufacturing Oscars
Don't miss your licence to thrill at the food and drink manufacturing Oscars

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Final preparations are underway for our James Bond-themed Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), which will take place this Thursday with TV star Mark Durden-Smith at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel in London.

Watch the video below featuring our awards host Durden-Smith who delivers your personal ‘licence to thrill invitation’ to attend the gala ceremony on Thursdayn November 20. “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join me for an evening of five-star entertainment and perhaps the odd vodka martini – shaken, naturally, not stirred as we celebrate the UK’s finest food and drink manufacturers,”​ said Durden-Smith.

Best of the best

The FMEAs – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry – now in their 14th​ year celebrate the best of the best in food and drink manufacturing.

In addition to manufacturing category awards – such as for Ambient food manufacturing company of the  year – there are trophies for the best Environmental initiative, Training programme and  supply chain initiative. There will also be awards for the Best use of food ingredients, Judges’ star performer and, new this year, Young Talent award. See the full list of awards categories below.

Premier Foods

The evening will culminate in the big one – the Food manufacturing company of the year award. Who will take the crown from last year’s winner​ Premier Foods? There’s just four days to wait to find out.

To be among the first to find out who will lift the top trophy this year, accept Durden-Smith’s invitation to thrill by emailing Rebecca George at: or call her on: 01293 610422.

Meanwhile, to help prepare for the big night, enjoy our list of Bond goodies and badies, which appears at the end of this article. We have included too a list of film outings for 007. Which was your favourite?



The FMEA shortlist

Ambient manufacturing company of the year

•Burts Chips

•Fudge Kitchen

•Glanbia Performance Nutrition


•Kolak Snack Foods

•Sleaford Quality Foods

Bakery manufacturing company of the year

•Allied Bakeries

•Border Biscuits

•Finsbury Food Group



•Walker & Sons

Beverage manufacturing company of the year

•Coca-Cola Enterprises

•Savse Smoothies


Chilled and dairy manufacturing company of the year

•Avondale Foods


•Ichiban UK

•Kerry Foods

•Mash Direct

•Windyridge Cheese

Meat, poultry and seafood manufacturing company of the year

•ABP Doncaster


•Dawn Meats

•Faccenda Foods

•Karro Food Group


Best new use of food ingredients

•Pulsetta Foods

•Taywell Ice Creams

•Willowbrook Foods

Supply chain initiative




•Santa Maria with Yusen

•Thwaites with Columbus



Environmental initiative of the year

•Dawn Meats

•Fresh Olive Company with Wastesolve


•Kelly’s of Cornwall

•Moy Park with Biffa

•Samworth Distribution

Training programme of the year

•Arla Foods

•Chilled Food Association

•Fairfax Meadow


•Kinnerton Confectionery



Judges' star performer

•Chilled Food Association




•Mash Direct

•Samworth Distribution

Small and medium-sized enterprise innovation of the year

•Ichiban UK




Personality of the Year

  • Charlie Bigham, founder of posh ready meals manufacturer
  • Patrick Coveney, ceo Greencore
  • Gavin Darby, chief executive Premier Foods
  • Chris Elliott, professor of food safety, Institute for Global Food Security, Queens University Belfast
  • Helen and Lisa Tse, founders of Chinese free-from sauce specialist Sweet Mandarin
  • Andy Wood, chief executive of brewery Adnams.


Young Talent of the Year

•Jodie Adcock (Thorntons)

•Ben Bowman (OAL – Olympus Automation)

•Matthew Glynn (Windyridge Cheese Co)

•Jessica Lowe (Hovis)

•Alice Marks (Willowbrook Foods)

•Amy Watson (Fresh Olive)


10 Bond goodies and badies


1.Honey Ryder (Dr No)

2.Tatianna Romanova (From Russia with Love)

3.Pussy Galore (Goldfinger)

4.Mademoiselle La Porte (Thunderball)

5.Plenty O’Toole (Diamonds are Forever)



1.Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Thunderball)

2.Francisco Scaramanga (The Man with the Golden Gun)

3.Nick Nack (The Man with the Golden Gun)

4.Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me)

5.Oddjob (Goldfinger)


Film outings for 007

1.Dr No (1962)

2.Goldfinger (1964)

3.Thunderball (1965)

4.You Only Live Twice (1967)

5.On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

6.Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

7.Live and Let Die (1973)

8.The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

9.The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

10.Moonraker (1979)

11.For Your Eyes Only (1981)

12.Octopussy (1983)

13.A View to a Kill (1985)

14.The Living Daylights (1987)

15.Licence to Kill (1989)

16.GoldenEye (1995)

17.Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

18.The World Is Not Enough (1999)

19.Die Another Day (2002)

20.Casino Royale (2006)

21.Quantum of Solace (2008)

22.Skyfall (2012)

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