The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards 2018, held at The Royal Lancaster, London, brought together over 500 guests to celebrate the food and drink manufacturing industry’s contribution to the UK.
Jay Rayner, celebrity restaurant critic and food journalist for The Observer, hosted the event which was sponsored by headline partner Santander Corporate & Commercial.
The evening also recognised the first graduates from the MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
Developed by the Food and Drink Federation, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, and Sheffield Hallam University, the course is the first accredited engineering degree at Master’s level entirely dedicated to the needs of the food and drink manufacturing industry.
The FDF Awards 2018 winners are as follows:
Apprentice of the Year: Sophie Paveling, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Coca-Cola European Partners, has made a noticeable impact within the business, driven by her proactive attitude to taking on responsibility and new tasks to further develop her professional skill-set.
Brand Launch of the Year: The Birds Eye Relaunch 2017 focused on its core hero platforms such as Captain Birds Eye, Garden Peas, and Chicken.
Campaign of the Year: Unilever’s Marmite Gene Project found that Marmite taste preference is genetic and created Gene Test Kits, launched by a campaign that reached 31 per cent of UK adults within 24 hours.
Community Partner: NEMI is a London-based tea company operating as a social enterprise providing employment to refugees.
Diet & Health: Apetito’s Mini Meals Extra product range was designed to offer a nutritious meal in a manageable portion size to individuals at risk of malnutrition.
Education Initiative: Nestlé UK’s Nestlé Academy Campus Team Initiative involves their apprentices and graduates in designing, planning, and leading engagement activity with schools, colleges, and universities.
Environmental Leadership: Cocoa Life, Mondeléz International’s sustainable cocoa sourcing programme aims to secure a positive future for cocoa farmers.
Exporter of the Year: Premier Foods products can be found in 40 countries, with over 800 SKUs available internationally.
Food and Drink Engineer of the Year: Chris Quarmby, Control Systems Specialist at Lincoln Manufacturing, PepsiCo, has been involved with and led numerous successful projects.
Food and Drink Scientist of the Year: Simon Flanagan, Research Principal at RSSL, leads the Food Safety and Quality Division.
HR Initiative: ABP UK has made a strong commitment to act against the critical issue of modern slavery within the UK food processing industry.
Innovation: Environmentally-friendly sec-ondary packaging company TrakRap designs and creates 100 per cent recyclable packaging.
Rising Star: Katherine Cook, Innovation Manager at Premier Foods, has a strategic, consumer-centric, and collaborative app-roach.
Emerging Business: Sticksology’s tea infuser sticks have won innovation awards and their unusual business strategy has seen them set up a branch office in Shanghai and help other UK brands to enter the Chinese market.
Special Recognition: Independent ingred-ients manufacturer Macphie has developed a product range with 30 per cent less sugar
A silent auction at the event also raised £4,815 for industry benevolent charity GroceryAid.
Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive, Food and Drink Federation, warmly congratulated the winners.
o The 2019 FDF Awards will launch in November 2018. For more information on the FDF Awards visit: www.fdf.org.uk/fdf-awards.aspx