IGD announces shortlist for 2011 Food Industry Awards

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IGD: 2011 Food Industry Awards

IGD: 2011 Food Industry Awards

Food and grocery expert, IGD has announced the shortlisted entries for the annual Food Industry Awards. Now in their 21st year, the awards provide an opportunity for companies and individuals to gain recognition for excellence across a variety of categories, ranging from sustainability and supply chain excellence, to consumer understanding and social innovation.

The shortlist is:

The employability award by Asda

This award seeks to recognise a company that has introduced the most outstanding employability initiative over the last 12 months. This may be through creating opportunities for individuals to prove their capability as potential employees of the industry; helping individuals grow their confidence and employability skills; or by raising their profile and attracting new talent to help secure the future success of the industry.

  • DHL
  • Kraft Foods (Cadbury)
  • Sainsbury’s
  • The Co-operative Group
  • Morrison Supermarkets

Boxwood award for business transformation

This award recognises an initiative that demonstrates how organisations have significantly transformed their business to achieve top line growth, operational excellence or sustainable improvements in profit.

  • Allied Bakeries
  • Burton’s Foods
  • Thatchers Cider  

The Co-operative award for ethical responsibility

This award recognises positive initiatives developed by food and grocery companies with regard to their ethical responsibility. The award will also look at companies that demonstrate best or improved ethical practice towards suppliers, workforce or ecology.

  • Due South Restaurant
  • Mars Chocolate UK 
  • Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate
  • Tesco 

ECR award for sustainable distribution

The ECR award is presented for a step change initiative which demonstrates how an organisation has made a real and lasting difference in their supply chain, resulting in the running of ‘fewer’ or ‘friendlier’ miles.

  • Brakes
  • Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
  • Nestlé UK and Stobart Group

General Mills award for consumer understanding

This award is presented to a company that has demonstrated how it has truly understood its end consumer and utilised new insight to deliver an innovative business solution such as a new product, service, promotional or information campaign.

  • Asda
  • Kraft Foods
  • Premier Foods Group 
  • Sainsbury’s
  • The Co-operative Group

Ian MacLaurin award for supply chain excellence 

This is awarded to a company that has had a real quantifiable impact on the supply chain. Entries must demonstrate a major step change over and above everyday trading requirements, with innovative, sustainable initiatives.

  • Allied Bakeries
  • Asda
  • Bakkavor
  • Marks & Spencer 

John Sainsbury award for learning and development

This award recognises real commitment to people development. It is awarded for an initiative which has achieved demonstrable business results, people development, sustained learning and on-going performance improvement.

  • Dairy UK
  • Tesco Stores
  • The Co-operative Group
  • Morrisons

Kraft Foods leading edge leading light award

This award is presented to an individual who is the industry’s up and coming leading light. Designed to help celebrate remarkable talent in the food and grocery industry, this award recognises those that have gone the extra mile and made a real difference to their company, the industry or to Leading Edge (IGD’s development network) during the past year. The winner also receives £2,000 prize money.

  • Finalists to be announced on 13 September 2011

Morrisons award for outstanding business

This award recognises the important contribution that small businesses make in the food industry and is awarded to a small business that has demonstrated excellence, for example in a local sourcing or new business initiative, in innovation, people development or marketing.

  • Liberation Foods CIC
  • Lincolnshire Herbs
  • Natural Balance Foods
  • Wye Valley Brewery

Nestlé wellness award

This is awarded to a company that has made a real impact in making healthier eating and drinking easier for consumers and/or their employees, and thus improving public health in the UK. This can be through education initiatives, new product development/reformulation, consumer communication or a marketing campaign for healthier products/balanced lifestyle.

  • Consumer Focus Scotland
  • Mars Food UK 
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Seabrook Crisps

Tetra Pak environmental sustainability award

This award recognises positive initiatives developed by food or non-food companies with regard to their impact on environmental sustainability. Entries are invited for innovative products or product level or operational initiatives that demonstrate clear sustainable benefits such as environmental resource efficiency, sustainable sourcing, carbon reduction innovation, packaging, energy efficiency, renewable energy, transport and education.

  • Barfoots of Botley UK
  • Kraft Foods
  • Tesco Stores
  • The Co-operative Group

Unilever community award

This award is presented to a company which demonstrates that it is doing well by doing good. This might be a new business model, product or service which delivers community benefits through community support or volunteering, or a cause-related marketing campaign that has grown your business while supporting good causes.

  • Brakes
  • Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
  • Procter & Gamble UK
  • Tesco Stores 

The winners will be announced on 11 October 2011, at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. This year’s awards ceremony will be attended by industry leaders, including chairmen and chief executives from leading food retailers and suppliers.