The panel of judges headed up by well-known food aficionado Keith Fisher has started the process of evaluating a record entry of products for this year’s Awards judging at the Regional Food Academy test kitchens, located at Harper Adams University, Shropshire.

Judging for this year was postponed twice because of Covid restrictions and the lockdowns imposed by Government, but it’s now full steam ahead and judges will taste, sniff, touch, view  and consider a wide range of entries from right across the food processing and retailing industry.

Head judge Keith Fisher said: “It has been frustrating to see these arrangements postponed and delayed, but we are now getting down to business and I must say that when looking at the range and diversity of products, and the companies and top brands that have entered, we have a very interesting and exciting few days in prospect. These Awards are truly unique in the scope of what they cover and I can see already that the quality and innovation will not disappoint.”

The team of home economists responsible for cooking and preparing entries prior to judging are reporting that the standard of entries they are dealing with are very high and with a record entry this year, well up on previous Awards, the judges have a big job over the coming days to select the best of the best.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and the need to pre-plan, this year for the first time the Awards ceremony will be broadcast online as a virtual event and readers can pre-register for a reminder email and link to be sent to them on the day.

Sharon Yandell, the lead organiser for the FMT Food Industry Awards concluded: “It is such a pleasure to receive a brilliant selection of products from so many leading companies and it’s wonderful to be staging the judging again this week. It’s great to be back!

“We are also looking forward to the Awards Ceremony taking place at 4.30pm on Thursday 1st July and I recommend an early visit to the website to register for an email reminder. It’s all completely free and we are looking forward to a great event.”

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