Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: how to enter

By Rod Addy

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The 2020 winner was Raynor Foods
The 2020 winner was Raynor Foods

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If you're interested in the annual Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, which are free to enter online, but wondering what is required, read on.

The 2021 Food Manufacture​ Excellence Awards are sponsored by Dawn Foods​, Fowler Welch​, Foodex​, Foodman Jobs​ and The Ingredients Show​ and supported by associate sponsor KDH Projects​. They are now in their 20th year and exist to highlight and reward excellence in food processing. For that reason, the main focus for entrants is factory operations. This year will offer more than the usual cause to celebrate and will account for extraordinary performance in adapting and adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Companies of whatever size can enter, including firms supplying other food manufacturers but they must have a UK food and/or drink factory. The deadline for entries is 14 September, so there's just under two weeks to put entries together.

Award ceremony

When? Evening of 11 February 2021

Where? London Hilton Bankside

Theme: 80s

Entrants seeking to win the overall Food Manufacture​ Company of The Year Award should enter one of the eight main categories, which are based on the category their products fit into. Drinks firms should enter the ambient category this year. Companies with a presence in several categories should pick only one. Entrants cannot enter more than one main category, but they may enter additional specialist categories. See below for a full category list.

Previous Food Manufacture Excellence Awards winners

2001: Bass (AB-Inbev)

2002: Lightbody Celebration Cakes

2003: Coca-Cola Enterprises

2004: Ginsters

2005: Tryton Foods

2006: Histogram

2007: Arla Foods

2008: Greencore Chilled Soups and Sauces

2009: The Seafood Company

2010: Apetito

2011: The Cheese Warehouse

2012: Iglo Foods

2013: Premier Foods

2014: Dawn Meats

2015: Moy Park

2016: Mash Direct

2017: SK Chilled Foods

2018: ABP

2019: Awards were not held this year

2020: Raynor Foods

New to the main categories this year is the Plant-Based Manufacturing Company of the Year, reflecting the increase in activity surrounding plant-based products. Entrants here can include all companies making meat-free or dairy-free products or plant-based meals, encompassing foods made from algae or funghi, whether they are certified vegan or not.

Main category entrants are required to stand out in at least three of the following areas: customer relationship building, quality assurance, environment & efficiency; skills development; and training & business development. Entries are scored on the basis of information provided but are limited in word length, so an overview rather than a huge amount of painstaking detail is sufficient. Finalists are discussed by the entire judging panel​. Supporting evidence in terms of testimonials, documentation or data is optional, but could help sway the judges.

Winners don't have to be perfect, but what often sets them apart from finalists is their story, which may include overcoming exceptional challenges or adversity, tackling an important global or social trend or a strong sense of teamwork or innovation.

If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca George at erorppn.trbetr@jeoz.pbz​ or call 01293 610422 or visit the official awards website​.

Main award categories

  • Ambient Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Bakery Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Chilled, Fresh & Dairy Food Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Free-From Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Frozen Foods Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Ingredients Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Meat, Poultry & Seafood Manufacturing Company of The Year
  • Plant-Based Manufacturing Company of The Year

Specialist categories

Industry Initiatives

  • Food Manufacture Award for Export
  • Food Manufacture Service Provider Partnership
  • Food Manufacture Training Award

People Awards

  • Food Manufacture Apprentice of The Year
  • Food Manufacture Site Team of The Year

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