The prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards once again recognised outstanding individuals, ambitious initiatives and growing food and drink businesses for their contribution to the economy, community and environment. TV’s Hardeep Singh Kohli took to the stage at London’s The Brewery to present winners with their trophies at a ceremony packed with the leaders of the UK food and drink industry.
The FDF Awards 2016 winners are as follows: Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Aktrion Food & Drink) Omar Woodburn, a Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprentice at Mondelez International.
Community Champion Peter O’Reilly, Head of Credit and Risk at General Mills.
Food & Drink Engineer of the Year (sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University) John Walker, Reliability Engineer at PepsiCo UK & Ireland’s Walkers Snack Food site.
Food & Drink Scientist of the Year Gordon Wiseman, Senior Research Associate and Head of the Premier Foods Molecular Diagnostic team at Premier Foods.
Rising Star (sponsored by PepsiCo UK & Ireland) Samuel Benjamin, Retail Account Manager at Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery.
Product Reformulation (sponsored by Food Matters Live) Premier Foods, for its Homepride cooking sauce range.
Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Santander) Joe & Seph’s.
Campaign of the Year Premier Foods’ Bisto ‘Spare Chair Sunday’ campaign.
Community Partner (joint winners) KP Snacks and Warburtons.
Education Initiative (sponsored by General Mills) Thorntons.
Environmental Leadership ABP Food Group.
Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Nestlé UK & Ireland) Little Dish.
Good Employer (sponsored by apetito Ltd) Frank Roberts.
Innovation (sponsored by Omron Electronics) Taywell.
Regional Growth Business (sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP)
Central – Lincolnshire-based Sleaford Quality Foods
South East – Hendon’s The Bread Factory
Northern England – Malton, North Yorkshire firm Karro Food Group
Scotland – Macsween of Edinburgh
South West – Beaminster’s Clipper Teas
Overall winner: Karro Food Group
Unique Contribution Martin Douglas.