The annual awards honour the dedication and commitment of those working in the industry. An expert panel of judges helped decide for shortlist for each category from a range of nominees including noteworthy individuals, renowned brands, and rising SMEs from across the country.

This year the FDF has introduced a new Sustainable Packaging Initiative Award, acknowledging those companies dedicated to reducing their environmental impact through creating sustainable packaging solutions. Also, in light of the Covid-19 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.

Ian Wright CBE, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, said: “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. 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. I look forward to toasting our shortlisted nominees in February.”

FDF Awards 2020 Shortlist in Full

Apprentice of the Year

  • Britvic PLC – Michal Chalupka
  • Coca-Cola European Partners – Jordan Brosnan
  • Premier Foods – David Blunt
  • Samworth Brothers Ltd – Matty Desforges
  • Tereos UK & Ireland – Ryan Newton
  • Weetabix Food Company Limited – Katie Lines

Brand Launch of the Year

  • Birds Eye – Birds Eye Green Cuisine
  • KP Snacks – McCoy’s Muchos
  • Little Dish – Little Dish Fresh Finger Food
  • PepsiCo – Naked Lean
  • Premier Foods – Mr Kipling
  • Princes

Campaign of the Year

  • Birds Eye – Birds Eye Steamfresh Eat In Full Colour
  • Britvic Soft Drinks – Sticky situation? Time to Tango
  • Company Shop Group – Surplus Super Heroes by Company Shop Group
  • KP – KP ‘Check Your Nuts’ Movember Campaign
  • Meatless Farm – The Meatless Consumption Target
  • Mondelez International – ‘Donate your words’
  • The Watercress Company – #watercress Grab it, Try it, Share it

Community Partner

  • Birds Eye – Birds Eye Veg Power Education Initiative – reigniting the love of vegetables amongst UK youngsters (and their parents)
  • Coca-Cola – Coca-Cola and StreetGames – Where Everyone Plays
  • Community Shop – Partnering with the community for a stronger future
  • Food – a fact of life
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP)
  • Premier Foods – McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition
  • The Bread and Butter Thing

Diet and Health

  • Aunt Bessie’s (Nomad Foods) – Aunt Bessie’s Desserts Sugar Reduction
  • Kellogg’s – Kellogg’s Happy Guts Campaign
  • Kerry DaVinci Gourmet™ – Taste & Nutrition Renovation
  • Morning Foods – Fibreful Oatbran porridge
  • Nestlé UK and Ireland – Sugar and Calorie Reduction across Nestlé Confectionery (2015- 2019)
  • PepsiCo – Naked Lean
  • pladis – McVitie’s Sugar Reduction

Education Initiative

  • Belazu Ingredient Company – Fresh Enterprise – Belazu and School Food Matters
  • Birds Eye – Birds Eye Veg Power Education Initiative – reigniting the love of vegetables amongst UK youngsters (and their parents)
  • Britvic PLC – Britvic’s Young Persons Programme
  • Food – a fact of life
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP)
  • Premier Foods – McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition

Emerging Business

  • Aldomak – home of luxury goodies
  • Feya café
  • In the Welsh Wind Distillery
  • Made for Drink
  • NEMI Teas
  • Nurture Brands

Environmental Leadership

  • Birds Eye – Follow the Fish – a successful story of sustainable sourcing by Birds Eye
  • Ferrero – Ferrero: global leaders in sustainable palm oil
  • Matthew Algie – Matthew Algie Sustainability 5 Year Plan (2017-2021)
  • Midas Mead – Midas Mead’s Regeneration of Damaged Ancient Woodland
  • Milk & More – Milk & More’s environmental initiative
  • pladis UK and Ireland – #Road2Zero
  • The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Rivers Trust, Thames21 and Enfield Council – Broomfield Park Wetland

Exporter of the Year

  • Belvoir Fruit Farms
  • British Corner Shop
  • Britvic PLC
  • Macsween of Edinburgh
  • Ramsden International
  • Wyke Farms Ltd

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year

  • British Sugar – Jeff Nan
  • Coca-Cola European Partners – Jose Carles
  • Mondelez International – Emma McLeod
  • Pepsico – Karl Davidson
  • Premier Foods – Ian Pugh
  • Premier Foods – Mark Carnell
  • The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co – Jed Taylor

Food and Drink Scientist of the Year

  • Agrico UK Ltd – Dr Steven Muir
  • Campden BRI – Dan Hall
  • Campden BRI – Dr Danny Bayliss
  • Meatless Farm – Dr Peter Hynes
  • Premier Foods – Conan Fryer

HR Initiative

  • 2 Sisters Food Group – Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Reduction Program
  • apetito – Emerging Leaders Programme
  • Britvic PLC – myLife launch – supporting the wellbeing of our employees
  • Company Shop Group – Celebrating our second Queen’s Award with our colleagues
  • KP Snacks – KP4ME: Making rewards more rewarding
  • Moy Park – Moy Park Culinary Academy
  • PepsiCo – ‘Grow our Own’ Training and Education Programme


  • Coppola Foods – Fabalous Organic Hazelnut & Cocoa Chickpeas spread
  • Hunter & Gather Foods
  • Meatless Farm – Plant-based pea protein range
  • Pep & Lekker – New recipes, & sustainable packaging for Pep & Lekker
  • Purely Plantain -3 Cheers for Health-Conscious Plantain
  • The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co – The Pinter

Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year

  • Huel – James Collier
  • Nomad Foods – Lauren Woodley
  • Starbucks Coffee Company – Rebecca Fitzgerald
  • Tata Consumer Products GB Ltd – Edward Allen

Rising Star

  • Birds Eye – James McComas
  • Birds Eye – Sara Lopez
  • British Sugar – Anna Maitland
  • Coca-Cola European Partners – Amelia Cockran
  • Reading Scientific Services Limited – Megan Eade
  • Premier Foods – Oliver Bradbury

Sustainable Packaging Initiative – new for 2020

  • ABP UK – Sustainable Meat Packaging Project
  • Border Biscuits – Border Biscuits removes 90% of plastic from its packaging
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners – Coca-Cola: Working towards a World Without Waste
  • Little Freddie organic baby & toddler food – Little Freddie’s Zero Waste to Landfill Pouch Recycling Scheme
  • Montezuma’s Chocolate – Montezuma’s Sustainable Packaging – leading the way with recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging
  • Princes Limited – Recycled PET in soft drinks and edible oils – Princes Limited


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About Coppola Foods

Coppola Foods is an innovative food company committed to making good food better.

We offer a comprehensive range of premium quality, tasty, nutritious and sustainable food products together with an excellent level of service and attentive solutions to fulfil the needs of customers and markets.

Our range of authentic Italian food products are cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet. This includes tomatoes, legumes, vegetable products, sauces, condiments and grain products.

We are a fourth-generation family business with a long heritage in the production and marketing of food products, dating back to 1903 in Salerno, in Southern Italy.