Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: Eaton is chair of judges

By Rod Addy

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Eaton: 'Great to be involved'
Eaton: 'Great to be involved'

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The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards judging will be chaired by Geoff Eaton again for the third year in a row.

Online entry for the industry Oscars opened on 5 July and close on 6 September​. They are now simpler to enter than ever, companies can enter as many categories as they want and there are two new categories this year: the Sustainability Award and the Future Talent of The Year Award. Read our handy guide on how to win​. For more information and to enter, visit​. 

Eaton was boss of chilled prepared foods firm Uniq for six years until it was bought by Greencore in November 2011 and also formerly held the post of chief operating officer at Premier Foods.

He is currently chairman of New England Seafood International, a fast-growing quality producer of speciality fresh fish, sourced sustainably from around the world, and executive chairman of Butcher’s Pet Care.

Other former roles include chief executive officer of Isis Research, a pharmaceutical market research agency.

Eaton built his early career at Tomkins, the guns to buns group, and worked in corporate finance at Hill Samuel and gained an Association of Chartered Accountants qualification at Arthur Andersen.

"I am happy to chair the judging panel again,"​ Eaton said. "It's great to be involved in such a good industry event."

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Benefits of winning the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

  • Raised business profile
  • Independent, national recognition of excellence, enabling companies to stand out from the crowd
  • Networking at the awards evening on 13 February 2020
  • Coverage following the event in print and online
  • Opportunity for continued editorial coverage throughout the following year

Key dates to remember

5 July 2021: ​Awards open for entry

6 September 2021: ​Entry deadline

10 February 2022, from 7pm: ​Awards ceremony, London Hilton Bankside

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