Food Management Today Industry Awards

How the awards work

The awards are in two parts. Readers are invited to vote in seven categories, while manufacturers and retailers can nominate products for entry into one or more of the eight product categories which will be judged by industry experts. The product categories for 2023 were judged at the test kitchens located at the Harper Adams Regional Food Academy.

Awards organiser Sharon Yandell said: “These annual Awards are eagerly anticipated and have become a great success story. They are truly unique and represent the highest standards in product, service and innovation across the sector. The Awards offer a brilliant opportunity to recognise the work that is going on and the progress being achieved in so many areas.”

The awards include several voting categories and product categories, ranging from Food Manufacturer of the Year and Best Training Initiative to Best Red Meat Product and Best Bakery Product.

Products are also nominated by the food industry into multiple categories, including: Best Dairy Product, Best Bakery Product, Best Red Meat Product, Best Poultry Product, Best Frozen Product, Best Seafood Product, Best New Product Development, Best Ready to Eat Product and Best Free From Product.

The delighted 2023 winners pictured with celebrity host Pete Firman.

The winners of the 2023 FMT Food Industry Awards were announced on Tuesday evening 6th June at a black-tie dinner and ceremony hosted by entertainer and magician Pete Firman, held at the 5-star Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

Take a look back at the 2022 Awards Ceremony

A special thanks to our 2023 Awards partners:

Food Management Today Product Judging

Take a look at our short behind the scenes look at the product judging process for the Food Management Today Industry Awards which took place at the Regional Food Academy, Harper Adams.

Become an Awards Partner

The support of our award partners is vital to ensure this important initiative takes place. In return, we reward them with extensive branding across our media portfolio over several months, a full page advert in the FMT Food Industry Awards Brochure (both in print and online).

Category partnerships offer amazing value. To find out more about our packages, contact Michelle Ingerfield on 01908 613323 or e-mail

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Become an Awards Partner

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A few words from our past winners...

“We are so proud to have won this award for our BigFish range for the second year running. As well as highlighting the quality and flavour of our products, this award is testament to the hard work of our marvellous team in Grimsby and I’d like to thank them all – we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Louise Coulbeck, founding director of JCS Fish Ltd, winner of the Best Seafood Product Award.



A few words from our past winners...

“I am delighted that Samworth Brothers has been recognised for this prestigious industry award. Our people are what sets this business apart and our success would not be possible without their continued commitment to quality.”

Flor Healy, group chief executive, Samworth Brothers, winner of the Food Manufacturer of the Year Award.



A few words from our past winners...

“We’re incredibly pleased to be recognised for our new No Drain Tuna Fridge Pot. At John West, we are focused on innovation around key usage occasion and have a long history of making products easier to use and fish more accessible to a greater number of people. We want more people to enjoy nutritious fish, more often.”

Jon Burton, international marketing director at John West, winner of the Most Innovative Packaging Development Award.


To see the FMT Food Industry Awards rules and regulations, click here.

Important Notice Covid-19 / Government Rulings: The organisers have set up facilities to judge all products which are entered and delivered by participants to the Harper Adams University test kitchens location. However, we take no responsibility should the judging not take place at the venue or on the dates publicised, should any circumstances outside of our control mean the facilities are not available or withdrawn, or if any rulings by Government prevent the judging and assembly from going ahead.

Event date is subject to ongoing Government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue at their absolute discretion.