Finalists for Business Leaders 2018 announced

By Rod Addy

- Last updated on GMT

The winners of last year's Food Manufacture Excellence Awards
The winners of last year's Food Manufacture Excellence Awards
Readers can now elect the winner of Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders 2018 Award, with managers at Premier Foods, Nestlé, Mondelez International, Adelie Foods Group, Birds Eye UK & Ireland and Cranswick all finalists.

The candidates are: Adam Couch, chief executive of Cranswick; Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods; Wayne Hudson, managing director of Birds Eye UK & Ireland; Martin Johnson, chief executive of Adelie Foods Group; Fiona Kendrick, chairman of Nestlé UK; and Ian Noble, senior research, development and quality director at Mondelēz International.

Each has been picked for their contribution to the businesses they work for as well as their positive impact on the wider food industry. The award is intended to recognise and reward the industry figure that best embodies the qualities of excellence inherent in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, providing an example for others to follow.

The shortlist of six was chosen by the editorial team from nominees supplied by the judging panel for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, which are sponsored by KDH Projects​ and Systems Integration​. Readers should now vote for the person they deem to be the most worthy recipient of the trophy from the select group published on the awards website. Make your selection today! Nominations will close in one month. Click here to vote!

Award finalists

In addition to the Business Leaders shortlist, finalists for all the award categories are now also on the awards site​, so check it out​ to see if your company has made the cut. Coca-Cola European Partners, PepsiCo, Weetabix, Tulip, ABP, Finsbury Food Group, Synergy Flavours, Greencore and Soanes Poultry are among the contenders.

To celebrate with top managers and staff from these and other leading food and drink processors at the Big Top-themed black-tie awards night at London’s Hilton hotel on Park Lane on 7 November, book your tables now​. Don’t delay or you may miss out on a place in the room.

Past attendees have found the event to be an essential chance to keep track of the latest trends, reward and motivate teams and customers, forge new partnerships and raise their company’s profile. 

One overall Food Manufacture Company of The Year Award is given to one of the winners from among the main Category Awards. Last year’s winner was SK Chilled Foods​, which was also the winner of the Chilled Foods Manufacturing Company of The Year Award. Be there on the ground when this year’s overall winner is announced.

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