Two new prizes are to go up for grabs at the food and drink manufacturing ‘Oscars’, which will celebrate its 13th birthday later this year.

The Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEA) recognises the achievements of small, medium and large companies across the industry who will have even more of a chance of landing an accolade following the recent announcement.

The new categories are the ‘Best use of food ingredients’ and ‘Supply Chain Initiative’. This pair have been introduced to reflect their growing importance in UK food and drink manufacturing.

As reported by foodmanufacture.co.uk, businesses will have the chance to claim five other special awards on the night. These include ‘Food Manufacturing Company of the Year’, ‘Training Programme of the Year’, ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’, ‘Most Innovative Small Food or Drink Manufacturer’ and ‘Judges’ Star Performer’.

The FMEAs will also present nine category awards, including ‘Ambient Manufacturing Company of the Year’, ‘Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year’ and ‘Beverages Manufacturing Company of the Year’.

That’s in addition to the awards for producers of fresh food and drink, such as ‘Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year’, ‘Meat and Poultry Manufacturing Company of the Year’ and ‘Seafood manufacturing Company of the year’.

Foodmanawards.co.uk says businesses have up until July 31 to put themselves forward for an award, with the winners announced at a ceremony on Thursday 21 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

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