Entries are now open for 2023!

Could your company be a winner?

The time is now to get the recognition that your company deserves. The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards are now open for entries for our 2023 event, and we're looking to recognise the hard work and successes within our industry throughout the past year.

The awards have been celebrating the latest innovations and greatest achievements within the UK's fast-growing food and drink industry for over 20 years, and this year we're planning our biggest celebration yet on Thursday 9th February 2023 at London Hilton Bankside.

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards are the industry's gold-standard, as every year we welcome hundreds of industry professionals to the event. Winning an award cements your position as a leader within the industry, and can be a significant asset when engaging with prospective clients, along with a vast catalogue of other benefits!

So, what's stopping your company from entering today? Entries are completely free, your company can enter as many main categories as you like, and our entry process is more clear and straightforward than ever. You can read our full list of categories and each ones' specific criteria by using the dropdowns below.

Act now and submit your entry today using the buttons below!

Please note that businesses only manufacturing in the UK are eligible to enter

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Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2023

Category Awards Entry 

For processors of products sold at ambient temperatures, including bagged, wrapped, boxed, canned, bottled or otherwise packaged snacks, soups, meals, sauces, condiments, jams, spreads, desserts, confectionery, tea, coffee, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, cooking and baking ingredients.

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This award is open to manufacturers of baked goods, ranging from bread, cakes and sweet and savoury pastries and pies to cereal bars and biscuits.

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Producers of chilled bakery, ready meals, dips, sides, prepared salads and fruit, fresh fruit and vegetables and dairy products can enter this category.

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Manufacturers of products aimed specifically at consumers with allergies or intolerances are eligible for this one.

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This covers processors of any products designed to be sold frozen, from ice cream, desserts and fruit and veg to meat, fish, ready meals and herbs.

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Entrants should be companies manufacturing ingredients in the UK that are used by processors to make finished products, from colours, flavours and sweeteners to oils, fibres, proteins and preservatives.

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This category encompasses meat, poultry and fish products, whether frozen, chilled or ambient.

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Launched this year, this is open to companies making pet food of any kind. Like all other main category awards, it’s designed to reward manufacturing excellence and entrants must run a UK manufacturing base.

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This category covers all plant-based food products.

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Industry Initiatives 

Entrants must demonstrate significant growth and development and market penetration in overseas markets, particularly focusing on how they overcame key obstacles.

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This award is designed to recognise partnerships between processors and customers or service providers, including for example retailers, packaging or equipment suppliers, energy or food safety consultancies and contract packers or manufacturers. Food and drink manufacturers can enter or their partners can enter on their behalf. In each case, both partners should be named. Entries citing only one half of the partnership will not be valid. Processors gain recognition alongside their third-party partners. Examples might be a retailer collaborating with a supplier on bespoke technology; an engineering firm executing a bespoke project to improve production line performance; an IT provider introducing a tailored solution integrated into existing systems to digitise records, improving traceability, visibility and efficiency; a warehouse or logistics provider designing a unique storage or distribution solution offering clear business benefits. Awards are given to manufacturers, but ideally jointly collected by them and a representative of their partner.

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Entries must include a training initiative devised in-house even if an external agency delivered the training. Entrants must show that the initiative addressed a priority issue in a highly timely and effective manner and demonstrate staff engagement and skills improvement, with reference to final assessment and business improvement and development.

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This is a company award designed to recognise a food or drink manufacturer that has made substantial strides in the field of environmental initiatives. Entrants should be able to provide concrete examples of ways in which they have contributed to the environment or lessened their environmental impact. These could include, but are not limited to, areas such as reducing waste or good use of waste; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving land use; efficient use of water or energy; generating renewable energy or encouraging biodiversity.

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People Awards 

Entrants should nominate current apprentices at the time of entry. They should aim to show how they have benefited their business operationally and/or commercially in terms of savings or efficiencies achieved and/or income/revenue generated. Applicants should indicate the apprentice’s: ability to generate new skills necessary for career development; willingness to take on more responsibility; teamwork and leadership potential; initiative and communication skills.

If you would like to enter more than one person into this category, please contact the team on 01293 610422

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This award is designed to reward an individual under 30 years old in a junior non-administrative role within a food or drink manufacturer who is already benefitting the company and who holds future potential. Entrants should be nominated by a colleague, ideally their line manager, who should show the positive contribution they have made to their employer, together with any admirable personal characteristics they may possess.

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Entrants must show the team’s key achievements and how these benefited the overall business in terms of growth in sales, profit margin or production. They should show how well they worked together to overcome challenges and meet team targets/objectives.

If you would like to enter more than one team into this category, please contact us on 01293 610422

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