The dairy sector dominated this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, held at the Hilton Bankside in London yesterday evening.
A total of 14 awards were announced, ranging from Manufacturing Company of the Year to Employer of the Year to Future Talent. Bethan Grylls, editor of FoodManufacture (owned by the same publisher as FoodNavigator), said this year’s review process added an “extra level of scrutiny.” New awards have also been added to the list.
“The quality of both the paper entries and interviews is exceptional and shows just how great our food and beverage industry is as the world continues to grapple with numerous challenges.
“It was an honor to judge alongside such a distinguished panel of industry experts, including both FMEA veterans and newcomers. Of course, choosing the award winners is never easy, but… All finalists deserve a pat on their backs.”
Dairy sector dominated with wins for Arla, Wyke Farms and The Collective Dairy
So who won what?
The dairy sector dominated the awards, with Arla, Nestlé & First Milk, Wyke Farms and The Collective Dairy all winning.
Business Leader of the Year: Andrew Houston, Bumble Foods
Collaboration and Partnership Award: nestle & first milk
Employer of the Year: Arla Food UK
ESG Excellence Award: Arla Foods
Factory Manager of the Year: Kate Clawson – Sleaford Quality Food
Food Integrity Award: Dunbia
Food and Beverage Manufacturer of the Year: Arla Foods
Future Talent Award: Molly Harvey, Lincoln & York
International Trade Award: Wyke Farms
Site Team of the Year: Food hub, production facility
Supply Chain Excellence Award: collective dairy industry
Community Award: Work or Good & B1G1, Fudge Kitchen
Innovation Award: BioPak, an innovative new sustainable product
Arla Foods wowed the judges with three awards, including Manufacturing Company of the Year, Employers of the Year and FoodManufacturing’s ESG Award. Arla was described as “outstanding” by the judges, who praised the company’s commitment to growth, innovation, sustainability, safety and quality.
Andrew Huston of egg supplier Bumblehole Foods was named Business Leader of the Year. Judges said Houston leads the company with passion and energy. Bumble Hole Foods supplies eggs and egg products to most of the UK’s major food manufacturers.
And Molly Harvey of Lincoln & York won the Future Talent Award. “She created opportunities for herself and drove her new ideas and initiatives based on her personal drive,” the judges commented.