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The FMT Food Industry Awards 2019

The Food Management Today Industry Awards consists of reader voting and product entries to determine the best in the industry, as chosen by our readers together with a select judging panel for product evaluation. A prestigious Awards ceremony luncheon is held in London each January or February. The 2018 Awards event was a great success and welcomed more than 250 guests to the Royal Garden Hotel, London.

Voting Categories

Food Manufacturer of the Year:

You can vote for any food manufacturer in the British Isles which you believe sets a benchmark in product development, innovation, product range, quality and service. There are many success stories out in the market, with ground-breaking developments or perhaps products that consistently stay in the forefront because of quality, convenience and good marketing.

Best Ingredients Supplier:

This is for the top supplier in this increasingly important sector. Which business in do you believe has done most to engage their customers and has come up with some truly innovative ideas? Is the company reliable and prepared to meet the exacting standards required in today’s modern marketplace?

Best Machinery/Equipment Supplier:

In today’s high-spec world, fit for purpose machinery and equipment are a given. We want to find who goes that extra mile for their customers and how they do it. Who does a great job for you? Who can you rely on to deliver on its promise? Who do you trust when it comes to meeting production targets utilising the equipment you rely on to do just that? Does equipment allow your business to move forward and progress, offering excellent payback times on your investment? Now is your chance to vote for the supplier that does a great job for you.

Best Trade Organisation:

This award is to find what organisation / association best maintains and promotes high product and professional standards in the British food industry. Does it challenge the government when necessary? And does it actively help its members, together with the wider industry, to face the issues with a clear authoritative voice?

Best Training Initiative:

Food businesses can’t always recruit ideally skilled employees as readily as they would like. They therefore need to invest in the education and development of staff. We want to recognise who has done that well in 2016. Does your company have a training scheme to be proud of, or do you know of one? Alternatively is there an organisation or trade body supplying training that you believe deserves recognition?

Food Retailer of the Year:

Who do you think represents the best in food retailing in the British Isles this year? Who has a demonstrable track record – and why? The business must be nominated by a third party. Finalists will then be selected by a judging panel and stores visited.

Food Industry Champion Award:

This very special award will be made to a manager or senior executive who has made an outstanding contribution to the food industry in the British Isles. The individual may work directly in food processing or be employed in a trade body or promotional organisation. Who do you know that merits such recognition? Make sure you nominate.

Self-Entry Categories

Most innovative packaging development:

This is one of the most challenging areas for food manufacturers, given the environmental and food waste issues facing us all. The award is looking to recognise the most innovative development, whether that innovation is environmental, in marketing of a food product, or technological. After entering entrants will be requested to send in an example of the packaging for the judging panel at a specific time and location.

Best Frozen Product:

You can be a manufacturer, wholesaler, caterer, independent retailer or supermarket. The product must be manufactured in the British Isles but can use non-British ingredients as well as British product. Entrants to these categories will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline. You must be in it to win it, so don’t delay and enter as many products as you like. There is no entry fee and the winners and finalists can count on substantial extra business as a result.

Best Bakery Product:

You can be a manufacturer, wholesaler, caterer, independent retailer or supermarket. The product must be manufactured in the British Isles but can use non-British ingredients as well as British product. Entrants to these categories will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline. You must be in it to win it, so don’t delay and enter as many products as you like. There is no entry fee and the winners and finalists can count on substantial extra business as a result.

Best Seafood Product:

You can be a manufacturer, wholesaler, caterer, independent retailer or supermarket. The product must be manufactured in the British Isles but can use non-British ingredients as well as British product. Entrants to these categories will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline. You must be in it to win it, so don’t delay and enter as many products as you like. There is no entry fee and the winners and finalists can count on substantial extra business as a result.

Best Red Meat Product:

You can be a manufacturer, wholesaler, caterer, independent retailer or supermarket. The product must be manufactured in the British Isles but can use non-British ingredients as well as British product. Entrants to these categories will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline. You must be in it to win it, so don’t delay and enter as many products as you like. There is no entry fee and the winners and finalists can count on substantial extra business as a result.

Best Poultry Product:

You can be a manufacturer, wholesaler, caterer, independent retailer or supermarket. The product must be manufactured in the British Isles but can use non-British ingredients as well as British product. Entrants to these categories will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline. You must be in it to win it, so don’t delay and enter as many products as you like. There is no entry fee and the winners and finalists can count on substantial extra business as a result.

Best Dairy Product :

You can be a manufacturer, wholesaler, caterer, independent retailer or supermarket. The product must be manufactured in the British Isles but can use non-British ingredients as well as British product. Entrants to these categories will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline. You must be in it to win it, so don’t delay and enter as many products as you like. There is no entry fee and the winners and finalists can count on substantial extra business as a result.

Best 'Free From' Product:

Retail, catering butchers and manufacturers can enter any ‘Free-From’ product as long as it’s manufactured in the British Isles. It can be gluten, dairy, or wheat-free. There is no entry charge and you may enter as many products as you like.

Best New Product Development:

This award is looking for the best new food product of 2016. It must have been launched during 2016 and be available to either the retail, wholesale or foodservice sectors. Entrants to this category will be required to send us products for the judging panel to assess at a specific time and location. Full details will be supplied to allow this to be done by the product entry deadline.

Awards Partnership Opportunities

There are 16 Award partnership categories available, these are as follows:

  • Food Manufacturer of the Year
  • Food Retailer of the Year
  • Best Ingredients Supplier
  • Best Machinery/Equipment Supplier
  • Best Trade Organisation
  • Best Training Initiative
  • Best New Product Development
  • Most innovative packaging development
  • Best Frozen Product
  • Best Bakery Product
  • Best Seafood Product
  • Best ‘Free From’ Product’
  • Best Red Meat Product
  • Best Poultry Product
  • Best Dairy Product
  • Food Industry Champion Award

Category partnerships cost £4,950.00 + VAT including a page advert in the FMT Food Industry Awards Brochure (both in print and online), plus a free table for 8 guests at the Awards ceremony. To become involved as a sponsor contact Michelle Ingerfield on 01908 613323 or e-mail michelle.i@yandellmedia.com. Participants can be assured of a top quality, well organised event which offers Awards partners an excellent marketing opportunity over a full year and more, together with first class branding. For more information click here.

For terms and conditions for the FMT Food Industry Awards click here.

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Become a 2019 Awards partner!

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Call 01908 613323

Read the Awards Brochure

See the FMT Food Industry Awards brochure.

The staget is set
Host John Torode
Happy luncheon guests
The 2018 FMT Food Awards in progress

A special thanks to our Awards partners