Food and Drink Federation award industry’s best

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 by The Manufacturer

Broadcaster Katie Derham presented the winners at the UK food sector's annual Food and Drink Federations awards, held last night at London’s The Brewery.

The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with a turnover of £92bn and a gross value added (GVA) worth of over £24bn. The industry employs over 400,000 workers, representing 16% of the overall manufacturing workforce in the UK.

FDF’s director of economic and commercial services Steve Barnes said: “The FDF Awards showcase the talented, ambitious and successful companies and people that make up the UK food and drink supply chain. At last night’s ceremony industry’s best and brightest were celebrated for their innovative approaches, commitment to the community, and vital contribution to the economy.”

A full list of the awards are below:


FDF President’s Award



Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Aktrion Food & Drink)

Adam Ravenscroft – Mondelèz International


Community Champion

Alice Cavanagh – Premier Foods


Community Partner

Company Shop for ‘Community Shop’

Kettle Foods for ‘Kettle Cares’


Education Initiative (sponsored by Food Matters Live)

Chilled Food Association for ‘Chilled Education’


Environmental Leadership

Mondelèz International for ‘Cocoa Life’


Exporter of the Year (sponsored by General Mills UK & Ireland)



Food and Drink Engineer of the Year (sponsored by Spirax Sarco Ltd)

James Cheema – Nestlé UK & Ireland


Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (sponsored by General Mills UK & Ireland)

Andy Walker – Premier Foods


Good Employer

New England Seafood


Growth Business (sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP)

Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn


Health and Wellbeing Champion (sponsored by Nestlé UK & Ireland)

Mars Chocolate for ‘FA Mars Just Play’


Innovation (sponsored by apetito Ltd)

Bactest for ‘Speedy Breedy’


Rising Star (sponsored by PepsiCo UK & Ireland)

Michael Fell – Nestlé UK & Ireland


The Manufacturer’s award gala takes place in November where we highlight and celebrate some of the UK’s greatest from, the diverse range of manufacturers.

The ceremony will be held at The ICC, Birmingham, on the evening of Thursday 27 November 2014 and is set to be another sell out event. – See more at: Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner 2014