The finalists in this year’s Women In Meat Awards has reached nearly six thousand votes in just three weeks after voting commenced with organisers now targeting a threshold of seven thousand by the 5th August when voting closes.

The eventual winners will be revealed at a five star black tie ceremony and dinner in London on Friday 15th November and organisers advise early booking now for what promises to be a sell-out occasion for a fast growing and major industry networking event. To book tables and tickets click here.

Emma Cash of YPL Exhibitions & Events said it was a phenomenon and commented: “We have never experienced a reaction like it. We expected last years 3,000 figure to be exceeded, but frankly voting has gone crazy!”

Pam Brook, the editor of both Meat Management and Food Management Today magazines added: “The Women In Meat Industry Awards are designed to recognise the vitally important contributions that women make to the meat sector, but voting is not just for women only so please share this opportunity with as many colleagues as possible. Now is the time to check out the finalists and make your choice. It’s also not too late to become a commercial partner for this year. Those interested should contact Michelle Ingerfield on 01908 613323 or email”

There are 36 finalists across nine categories and once voting completes each category winner will be put forward for the Meat Businesswoman of the Year judging, which last year was won by Lisa Hand of Dunbia.

The 2019 Finalists and categories:

  • Retailing: Joanne Cramer – SPAR UK; Tricia Sykes – ASDA; Jane Ross – Thomas Burns & Son, Bo’ness; Lauren Morgan – Morgan’s Country Butchers.
  • Foodservice: Lorraine Provest-Eames – Mitchells & Butlers; Rebecca Hinton – Tulip Ltd; Emma Dickenson – Fairfax Meadow; Hannah Parker – Frank Parker Butchers.
  • Manufacturer: Julie Eccleston – Traditional Norfolk Poultry; Nyree McGee – Foyle Food Group; Dawn Speers – ABP; Rebecca Spink – Tulip Ltd.
  • Craft Butcher: Lisa Gardner – Penshaw Farm Butchers; Ruth Davies – Cwmfarm Charcuterie Products; Jessica Leliuga – Ye Olde Sausage Shop; Erin Conroy – Verstegen Spices & Sauces UK Ltd.
  • Trade Body: Shraddha Kaul – British Poultry Council; Carol McLaren – Quality Meat Scotland; Katie Doherty – International Meat Trade Association; Elwen Roberts – Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).
  • Wholesaling: Lynsay Chappell – Price & Fretwell; Nicola Thompson – Towers Thompson; Francesca White – Graham White & Co; Sally-Anne Thorley – Weddel Swift Distribution Ltd.
  • Industry Supplier: Liz Williams – Kerry; Amanda Cogan – Rick Bestwick; Philippa Clarke – Abachem Engineering; Laura Affleck – Multivac UK.
  • Training: Mandy Thompson – ABP; Lucianne Allen – Aubrey Allen; Bridget Noade – Southern Regional College; Clare Keegan – Harper Adams University.
  • Rising Star: Rebecca Phillips – Dunbia; Grace Fryer – Tulip Ltd; Christi Wyatt – Proseal; Rebekah Price – ABP.

Other details covering the 2019 Awards, the ceremony, the 2018 film review, plus details of winners from last year can also be accessed easily and quickly online. This year’s dinner and ceremony is hosted by broadcaster, newsreader, journalist, music aficionado and 2017 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas champion, Katie Derham, and includes an ‘after party’. The event takes place on 15th November 2019.

Full details about the all finalists can be found at the official website, within the voting categories section. To vote by the 5th August deadline click here.

The Awards partners: