Food and Drink Federation publishes shortlist for awards 2019

Food and Drink Federation publishes shortlist for awards 2019
28/06/2019 - 05:00
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for their 2019 awards, which take place on Thursday 19 September at The Royal Lancaster, London.

The annual awards celebrate the dedication of those who work in the industry and ensure that food and drink is widely is so widely enjoyed around the world.

This prestigious event brings together around 500 guests to celebrate the success of the winners and the strength of the food and drink industry. The British journalist and celebrity restaurant critic Jay Rayner returns to host the ceremony.

 Ian Wright CBE, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, said: “Congratulations to all the teams, individuals, and brands that were nominated for our Awards. The strength of our industry is its breadth and its boldness; each category will be hard fought.

“Despite the political uncertainty we face, our industry will continue to produce the high-quality and innovative goods for which we are known worldwide. Now more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate our success together. I look forward to toasting our shortlisted nominees in September.” 

The FDF awards 2019 shortlist:

Apprentice of the Year:

  • Sam Dagley – Weetabix
  • Abigail Davidson – Unilever UK & Ireland
  • Kyle Constable – OAL
  • Gareth Thompson – Premier Foods
  • Dennis Bell – BV Dairy
  • Millie Blackburn – ABP UK

Brand Launch of the Year:

  • The Meatless Farm Co
  • Pladis – Flipz
  • Premier Foods – Mr Kipling Unicorn Slices
  • Häagen-Dazs – Häagen-Dazs Mini-Cups Collection
  • Nature Valley – Nature Valley Nut Butter Cups
  • Samworth Brothers – Honest Crust
  • Britvic plc – Robinsons Fruit Creations and Robinsons Fruit Cordials

Campaign of the Year:

  • FareShare - Feed People First
  • Gosh! Food – The Gosh! Kindness Café
  • Birds Eye – Captain Birds Eye ‘Real Food. Simply Made’ campaign
  • Mr Kipling – Premier Foods – Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl’s Splendiferous Summer Partnership
  • Mondelēz International – Cadbury Inventor
  • Apetito UK Ltd – Wiltshire Farm Foods Rebrand

Community Partner:

  • Loch Duart – Salmon Pool Community Fund
  • Valeo Foods UK – Rowse Hives for Lives
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain – ParkLives from Coca-Cola Great Britain
  • FareShare – Fight Hunger, Create Change
  • Bags of Taste – Bags of Taste, combating food poverty
  • Company Shop Group – Community Shop: Building Stronger Individuals and More Confident Communities

Diet & Health:

  • Kellogg’s – Kellogg’s Coco Pops Sugar Reduction
  • Britvic – A Healthier Everyday
  • McCain Foods (GB) Ltd – McCain Home Chips Lighter
  • Mondelēz International – Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar
  • Kerry Taste & Nutrition – Nutritional Optimisation in Beverage for our Foodservice customers through reformulation and NPD
  • Kellogg Company – W.K. Kellogg No Added Sugar Granolas

Education Initiative:

  • RSSL – Science Takes to the Road with RSSL
  • PepsiCo International – The PepsiCo Beaumont Park STEM Initiative
  • Coca-Cola European Partners – Coca-Cola European Partners and UK Youth’s ‘Reach Up’ programme
  • Nestlé UK & Ireland, Girvan factory – Nestlé Girvan educational biodiversity site
  • Warburtons Ltd – Discover Warburtons Wheat project

Emerging Business (sponsored by RSSL):

  • Yorica!
  • Techni-K
  • Kolibri Drinks
  • Bon Accord Soft Drinks
  • NEMI Teas
  • The Meatless Farm Co
  • Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co

Environmental Leadership:

  • Raynor Foods Ltd – Rosemary Gardens – Sustainable Food Systems
  • The Bay Fish and Chips – The Bay Fish and Chips
  • WWF/Coca-Cola Foundation Partnership – WWF/Coca-Cola Foundation Partnership
  • Nestlé UK&I – Leveraging Environmental Sustainability Through Collaboration
  • Pladis UK&I – #RoadtoZero
  • Tate & Lyle Sugars – From sugar cane to building bricks: turning a by-product into a sustainable ingredient for artisan bricks

Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Santander):

  • Ramsden International
  • Millennium Group
  • St Pierre Groupe Ltd
  • Belvoir Fruit Farms
  • Global Brands Ltd
  • Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year (sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University):

  • Grahame Poole – British Sugar
  • Ryan Schouten – BV Dairy
  • Alexandra Agg – Mondelez International
  • Craig Moore – Siemens Digital Industries

Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (sponsored by IFST):

  • Carole Bingley – RSSL
  • Alexandra Johnstone – The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen and SEFARI Gateway
  • Steven Muir – Agrico UK Ltd
  • Durran Eden – Raynor Foods Ltd
  • Jacquie de Silva – Unilever UK & Ireland
  • Suzanne Davies – PepsiCo International
  • David Clark – KP Snacks

HR Initiative:

  • Pladis UK&I – Positive minds
  • KP Snacks – Making mental health a priority at KP Snacks
  • Weetabix Food Company – Weetabix’s Induction Experience
  • Birds Eye UK – Birds Eye UK Commercial Capability programme
  • Unilever – Unilever Integrated Talent Strategy
  • Mondelēz International – BOOST Employee Wellbeing Programme
  • Apetito UK Ltd – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Project


  • Made for Drink – Reclaim the pub for the local community via sublime snacks that pair perfectly with your favourite alcoholic tipples
  • RSSL and The Meatless Farm Co – Meat Free Mince - affordable, unique and lovingly made from plants
  • Garçon Wines – Sustainable, flat wine bottle and game-changing 10 Flat Bottle Case
  • Company Shop Group – Unlocking the full potential in surplus – commercially, socially and environmentally
  • Raynor Foods Ltd – Rosemary Gardens ¬our on-site hydroponic, vertical, self-contained farm
  • KP Snacks – IWS: Making tomorrow better than today at KP Snacks
  • Hawkshead Relish – Hawkshead Relish Company Black Garlic Range

Registered Nutritionist / Dietitian of the Year:

  • Meg Longworth – Chartwells, Compass UK&I
  • Lauren Woodley – Nomad Foods
  • James Collier – Huel
  • Hannah Theobald – pladis UK&I
  • Claire Baseley – Ella’s Kitchen
  • Caroline Page – Raynor Foods Ltd
  • Luise Kloster – Premier Foods

Rising Star (sponsored by PepsiCo UK):

  • James McComas – Birds Eye UK
  • Natalie Lee –Birds Eye
  • Rasan Chandra – British Sugar
  • Lydia Cordice – Mondelez International
  • Jessica Kelly – Premier Foods
  • Alexandra Agg – Mondelez International

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