FDF awards shortlist shines light on “hidden heroes” during COVID-19

16 July 2020

Food chains

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the FDF Awards 2020. The annual awards honor the dedication and commitment of those working in the industry, however this year they also shine a light on workers’ efforts that have ensured the country has been fed in the last few months through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of the coronavirus crisis, FDF is celebrating individuals from across the food and drink industry who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes during the pandemic with a Hidden Heroes Award.

An expert panel of judges helped decide a shortlist for each category from a range of nominees including noteworthy individuals, renowned brands, and rising Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from across the UK.

This year the FDF has also introduced a new Sustainable Packaging Initiative Award, acknowledging those companies dedicated to reducing their environmental impact through creating sustainable packaging solutions.

This annual event brings together around 500 guests to celebrate the success of the winners and the strength of the food and drink industry. Jay Rayner, British journalist, writer, broadcaster and celebrity restaurant critic, returns to host the ceremony which is scheduled for next February in London.

“Food and drink manufacturers have exceeded all expectations over the last few months in compacting the impact of Covid-19. Despite enormous pressure, the food has kept flowing and the nation has been fed – solidifying our role as part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, says Ian Wright, Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation. “Our industry continues to produce the high-quality and innovative goods for which we are known worldwide. Now more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate our success together.”

Andrew Williams, Head of Food & Drink Sector, Santander UK, a sponsor of the awards adds: “In recent months, UK food and drink manufacturers have shown their ability to tackle unprecedented challenges with innovation and boldness. No doubt we’ll continue to face challenges, but our food and drink manufacturing will ensure the UK remains a global leader in exporting these goods.”

FDF Awards 2020 categories include Apprentice of the Year, Brand Launch of the Year, Campaign of the Year, Community Partner, Diet and Health, Education Initiative, Emerging Business, Environmental Leadership, Exporter of the Year, Food and Drink Engineer of the Year, Food and Drink Scientist of the Year, HR Initiative, Innovation, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist of the Year, Rising Star and Sustainable Packaging Initiative.

Published by Foodingredientsfirst.com
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