The 2022 FMT Food Industry Awards has opened its product nominations process, offering companies throughout the food industry the chance to submit their products for judging by Friday 28th January.

The FMT Food Industry Awards is back for 2022! The awards ceremony, hosted at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Wednesday 25th May, will offer food industry professionals the chance to celebrate the best of the sector at the evening’s black-tie ceremony and dinner.

In the meantime, manufacturers and retailers are invited to nominate products for entry into one or more of the nine product categories, which will be judged by industry experts. The online nominations process is quick and easy, and industry professionals can submit their products for judging free of charge. Here is a full rundown on all the product categories open for nominations:

Best Bakery Product

From flapjacks to apple pies, the Best Bakery Product category has had a wide range of winners over the years. Previous award winners have demonstrated immense creativity in reinventing staples of the bakery market for the modern-day consumer.

Find out more about this category and how to nominate your products for fee by clicking here.

Best Dairy Product

Success in the Best Dairy Product category is about taking age-old practices and combining them with new ingredients, flavours and/or branding to produce something fresh and exciting for today’s market. In 2020, M&S and Muller Milk & Ingredients took the top prize in this category for their highly inventive Pink Gin Cream.

To nominate a product in the Best Dairy Product category, click here.

Best Free From Product

The Best Free From Product is awarded to a company that goes that extra mile to produce delicious alternatives to fit the essential dietary requirements of the UK public. In a time where sustainability and environmental impact are at the forefront of many consumer buying decisions, the Best Free From Product category honours those products at the cutting-edge of an ever-growing market.

Nominate a product in this category by clicking here.

Best Frozen Product

Rewarding excellence in this specialist area of the food industry, the award for Best Frozen Food Product is given each year to a product that makes its mark on the convenience food market. From red meat to luxury ice-cream, previous winners have come from a variety of food sectors.

Find out more about this category and how to nominate your products for fee by clicking here.

Best New Product Development

This category is open to products of all food types and the award is given to a team that exceed expectations in bringing a fresh, new product to market. In 2019, Peter’s Food Service took top prize in this category for an interesting take on a baked staple with its ‘Nurish Chicken Tikka Filled Bakes’.

For more information or to nominate a product in this category, click here.

Best Red Meat Product

Whether its beef, pork or lamb, the award for Best Red Meat Product goes to a product that showcases the value and quality of red meat produced in the UK today. In previous years, Linden Foods and Marks & Spencer have dominated the category with their lamb steaks and beef joints.

Nominate a product in the Best Red Meat Product category here.

Best Poultry Product

Previously won by companies such as Morrisons and Cranswick plc, this accolade is given to a product that demonstrates it is the height of innovation in an extremely competitive market. Top prize has been awarded in this category to various types of product over the years, including a full roast chicken, BBQ chicken drumsticks and Souvlaki Kebabs.

Read more on how to nominate your product in this category here.

Best Seafood Product

The Best Seafood Product category is designed to recognise the best seafood products represented in the UK market today. Previous winners have impressed the judging panel with their innovation, convenience and consideration to consumer health and diet.

Nominate a product in this category by clicking here.

Most Innovative Packaging Development

The title of ‘Most Innovative Packaging Development’ is awarded to a team that has worked hard to create a stand-out brand that resonates with consumers. In previous years, brand environmental awareness, packaging reusability and accessibility have all been winning ingredients in this category.

Looking to nominate your product for entry? Click here for more information.

Voting is also open in a number of other categories:

Best Ingredients Supplier

Best Trade Organisation

Best Training Initiative

Best Machinery / Equipment Supplier

Food Manufacturer of the Year

Food Retailer of the Year

Food Industry Champion

To cast your vote in any of the above award categories, click here.

Product delivery is scheduled for Tuesday 8th February 2022 when product judging will start at the test kitchens located at Harper Adams University. All those participating will be sent full details in advance to facilitate product delivery.

Full details of all categories and nominations can be found at

The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th January 2022.

With thanks to the 2022 FMT Food Industry Awards Partners:

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.