If you missed the call to enter, don't fret: the free online entry process is easier than ever, so there's still time to highlight your company's story and achievements over the past year. Naturally, this year more than most has been the setting for some exceptional achievements in the face of adversity and the judges are taking account of the inspiring work done by companies to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
The judging panel combines more than 150 years of collective work in and with the food industry. Geoff Eaton, chair of the 2020 Food Manufacture Awards, is reprising his role, while representatives from Campden BRI, the Institute of Food Science and Technology, the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology and Waitrose are among other panellists.
Winners are scheduled to be announced at an 80s-themed gala dinner on 11 February 2021 at London's Hilton Bankside, which will also be the 20th year the industry Oscars have been held.
The free-to-enter awards are sponsored by Dawn Foods, Fowler Welch, Foodex, Foodman Jobs and The Ingredients Show and supported by associate sponsors KDH Projects andCircle Select. The event does not primarily focus on new product development, but on excellence in manufacturing and is open to all food and drink own-label and branded processors with a manufacturing base in the UK (administrative offices or depots don't count).
Entrants in all main categories aim to demonstrate significant achievement in their category in at least three of the following areas: customer relationship building, quality assurance; environment and efficiency, skills development and training and business development.
- Ambient Food Manufacturing Company of The Year
- Bakery Manufacturing Company of The Year
- Chilled, Fresh and 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 and Seafood Manufacturing Company of The Year
- Plant-Based Manufacturing Company of The Year
A host of further categories also allow businesses to highlight other areas of outstanding performance.
The awards are specially geared towards small as well as large businesses, with scope for judging and recognising the different strengths of each size of business within different streams of entries.
Passion for excellence
Entrants don’t have to be perfect to win, nor do they have to be investing vast sums of cash. But they do have to demonstrate genuine innovation, impressive achievements in the field of processing, a passion for excellence and an ability to go the extra mile to deliver what customers and, ultimately, consumers want.
Past winners have swayed the judges by resurrecting factories previously gutted by fire, dramatically increasing production capacity, launching significant product development programmes, successfully implementing major technology upgrades and executing major business turnaround strategies.
These awards are all about celebrating your story, so for more information or to enter the awards, log on to www.foodmanawards.co.uk.