New £443k sustainability award open to UK food firms

By Gwen Ridler contact

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A £443,811 sustainability prize has been opened to UK entrants
A £443,811 sustainability prize has been opened to UK entrants
A new $600,000 (£443,811) prize for sustainability has been opened to small- and medium-sized food and drink businesses in the UK.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is an annual award that seeks to reward achievements in sustainability, as well as encourage “innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions and individuals”​. 

Established in 2008 as the Zayed Future Energy Prize and run by the United Arab Emirates Government, the prize has been broadened this year to include categories for food and water sustainability.

Safe and affordable foods

Applicants wishing to enter the award need to show examples of providing safe and affordable foods, including: taking part in ending hunger and malnutrition; ensuring sustainable food production systems; increasing agricultural productivity and promoting seed type; and animal population diversity.

Dr Lamya Fawwaz, director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “The new categories were carefully selected to reflect the most pressing sustainability challenges and offer the greatest socio-economic impact on the lives of people around the world.”

‘Humanity’s biggest challenges’

“We look to recognise existing innovations and amplify their reach so that they may benefit more people and bring us closer to helping solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges.” 

The award is free-to-enter, and applicants have access to Zayed’s UK engagement representatives throughout the process.

The deadline for entries is 9 August. Click here to enter.

Meanwhile, ingredients manufacturer Littlepod was one of only eight companies to be acknowledged for its sustainable development in this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise​. 

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