Deadline extended for Food and Drink Federation Awards

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 14:49

The organisation which represents the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, the food manufacturing industry, is calling for additional nominations for their annual industry awards.

The FDF Awards celebrate innovation across the industry and look to celebrate food and drink businesses that demonstrate excellence across a variety of categories. While the deadline has passed for the majority of categories, the FDF has extended the deadline for three awards. These are; Food and Drink Scientist of the Year, Food and Drink Engineer of the Year and Education Initiative.

The awards are open to food and drink manufacturers, retailers, producers, growers, hospitality and sectors working within the food and drink supply chain including researchers, distributors, local authorities and education providers. 

We’re calling on NSAFD members to consider putting themselves forward for the remaining awards as they are an excellent opportunity to showcase all you’ve been working on in the last year and to gain valuable external recognition.

The Education Initiative award seeks to recognise companies that work positively with schools and colleges to encourage interest in the industry and to facilitate employment opportunities for young people. Entries could be for a one-off event or an ongoing scheme that develops relevant employability skills.

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year entrants can be nominated by a colleague, line manager or self-nominated. Nominees need to be employed within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector and must have contributed to product development over a sustained period or be a promising new entrant to the industry that has led at least one significant project. All nominees are expected to be a positive role model and ambassador both within the company and externally. The same criteria applies for the Food and Drink Scientist of the Year award.

Entries can be made via the FDF website and must be submitted by Friday 26 April. The shortlist is normally revealed over the summer and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 19th September at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.  

We’d encourage anyone that fits the relevant criteria to put themselves forward for the awards. Good luck from us at the NSAFD to everyone that’s already entered or planning on entering the awards.

To enter the FDF Awards, visit