Entries now closed until 2024!
Entries for the awards are currently closed. Click here to register your interest for next year!
Entries are now closed for 2024, with an amazing amount of top-quality entries being received this year. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to everybody who entered this year - we wish you all the very best of luck! Our shortlist will be announced soon, so stay tuned...
The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards recognise and reward the very best operating standards and processes active today in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector. The Awards are unique in showcasing the innovation, thought leadership and responsible quality standards achieved by food and drink manufacturing businesses, as well as team and individual achievements throughout the last year.
Securing a place as a finalist in these awards is a golden opportunity to double down on your position in the market and gain some of the highest recognition in the industry. Winning one of these awards can make dramatic changes to your business — from an increase of motivation in your staff and boosted coverage in the press to more demand from potential suitors.
Entries are completely free ! You can read our full list of categories and each ones specific criteria by using the dropdowns below.
Register your interest here to stay in touch regarding your entry next year!
Please note that businesses only manufacturing in the UK are eligible to enter.
Food Manufacture Excellence Awards Categories
This is open to C-suite level only. Entrants must present how their business has grown and developed under their leadership, their current business plans, where they have successfully invested and expanded, as well as their strategic vision for the future. The winner will be able to demonstrate resilience, innovation and clear direction. This category is initially self-nominated – the finalists are then selected from the nominations and the winner is decided by our judging panel.
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.
Entrants must be able to show clear examples of how they have collaborated with a charity or initiative and successfully made a difference. This could vary from a partnership with a redistribution charity to a self-devised programme that has improved working environments in your supply chain
This accolade will go to a new business that has proven excellence in its category and is making a difference, whether that’s through R&D, growth, or a unique and great initiative. Entrants must have been operating for a maximum of three years.
This award will go to an employer who has not just shown growth and retention, but that it also cares about its employees. This could be evidenced by a training initiative devised in-house; a community partnership, for example going into a school (primary, secondary or upper) to help raise awareness and educate; or new ways it has encouraged inclusion and promoted wellness. The winner will be a stand-out employer that nurtures, engages with and listens to its staff, and provides ample opportunity for all.
This is a company award designed to recognise a food or drink manufacturer that has made substantial strides in the field of ESG. Entrants should be able to provide concrete examples of ways in which they have embedded environmental, social and corporate governance into their organisation’s framework. The successful entrant will be able to demonstrate excellence in all three areas of environmental preservation, consideration of humans our interdependence, and logistics and defined processes for running a business
Another new addition for 2024, factory manager of the year will be awarded to a leader who has seen their operations and team grow and thrive. Entrants will be able to demonstrate success and efficiency under their leadership but also teamwork, innovation and a strong regard for health, safety and wellness.
This award is open to any food or beverage manufacturing company, including pet food. Replacing individual category awards, the winner of this title must show they have gone above and beyond as a producer whatever their category is. The winner will be able to demonstrate strong growth, true innovation and integrity, as well as supporting important values such as sustainability and wellbeing within their workplace. This is the F&B champion of champions prize.
Although food safety remains a vital word in any manufacturer’s lexicon, the responsibilities to deliver on multiple fronts has become evident. As such food integrity has become the key must-have – that the food we produce is safe, authentic, nutritious, sustainable and ethical. It’s not an easy ask and this award will be given to the food and /or drink company that is able to show it has truly embraced integrity throughout its entire supply chain, fostering and championing a food safety culture among all employees.
Are you using robotics, AI or working with data in new and clever ways? Show us how you are embracing the future with technology within your factory. But remember, it’s not just about how high tech you are – it’s how you implement it!
This is designed to reward an individual under 30 years old in a junior non-administrative role within a food or drink manufacturer, or who is undertaking an apprenticeship at the company that shows real promise. Entrants must be nominated by their line manager, who should show the positive contribution they have made to their employer, together with any admirable personal characteristics they may possess.
Entrants must demonstrate significant growth and development and market penetration in overseas markets, particularly focusing on how they overcame key obstacles.
This award is all about new and exciting ideas coming to fruition which have the potential to or have made a real impact. Entrants could vary from innovation in ingredients, to storage technology, to packaging, to whole systems. For ideas in concept stage, evidence of their potential will need to be presented.
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.
Entries for the supply chain excellence award will need to show they have considered and built in resilience, agility, flexibility and transparency throughout their entire chain. Entrants will also be able to show how they are managing, measuring and improving their supply chain to further push for excellence.
What our customers say...
We are incredibly proud to have been recognised as winners in three categories at this year’s Food Manufacture awards, especially taking home the coveted ‘Company of the Year’ title. This has only been achieved through the incredible efforts of our colleagues, and I would like to thank them for their support and commitment which has enabled us to continue to deliver outstanding service to our customers.
I’m really proud that together, all our hard work has been recognised by this award, which was delivered through focusing on developing people, who are our major asset.
To win two awards at such a high-profile industry event was amazing. There were some top companies there as finalists, so we were proud just to be taking part; really gratifying, and testament to all the hard work put in by the whole Simply Doughnuts team.
We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the 2022 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards. In the wake of a supremely challenging year, food manufacturers have adapted their processes and procedures to continue providing goods to customers.
We are very proud to be sponsoring Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2022. Reward and recognition are key parts of continuous improvement, and it is our honour to be able to support the 2022 Food Excellence awards, just as we have in the past, so that those who have excelled in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector get appropriate recognition.