Next year on 25th May, the FMT Food Industry Awards 2022 will recognise the finest across the food processing and manufacturing sectors, plus a range of other categories at a black-tie ceremony and dinner held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

After holding a virtual ceremony online in 2021, next year the FMT Food Industry Awards will make a welcome return to an in-person event. Hosted at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, the 2022 awards ceremony will be the highlight of the season for the food processing and manufacturing industries.

Recognising excellence in food processing, ‘Food Manufacturer of the Year’ is one of the many sought-after titles being presented at the awards. Previous winners in this category have gone above and beyond to produce premium-quality products, and include candidates from a range of backgrounds and expertise.

We take a look back at two previous winners of the Food Manufacturer of the Year Award category to find out what it means to be the best of the best.

2021 Winner: ABP UK

ABP UK is part of ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading consumer food producers with over 60 years’ experience. With a reputation for quality and innovation, ABP UK supplies fresh and frozen meat and meat-free products to thousands of customers worldwide. Last year’s Awards judging panel were impressed by the company’s drive to provide a supportive and friendly working environment, with opportunities for employees to progress their career in the meat and food industry.

The group continues its journey to net-zero through its sustainability strategy and continues to generate a thriving internal programme as well as actively engaging in collaborative research across many fronts. ABP was also the first company globally to receive quadruple certification from the Carbon Trust.

Bob Carnell, chief executive officer of ABP UK, said at the time: “We are absolutely thrilled to be named Food Manufacturer of the Year. I am proud to be part of a business that has such passion for excellence for its people, its products and its industry.”

He added: “This recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication from our colleagues across the business for their continued efforts in helping ABP be the best it can be.”

2020 Winner: Cranswick plc

Cranswick is a leading supplier of premium, fresh and added value food products. The business employs over 11,000 people and operates from 16 production facilities in the UK. The company was formed in the early 1970s by farmers in East Yorkshire to produce animal feed and has since evolved into a business which produces a variety of fresh food, including pork, gourmet bacon and sausages, cooked poultry, continental meats and olives and gourmet pastry products.

The group now supplies the major grocery multiples as well as the growing premium and discounter retail channels. Cranswick also has a strong presence in the ‘food-to-go’ sector and has a rapidly growing export business.

Through its own farming operations, four primary processing sites and 12 added value processing facilities, the business develops innovative food products to the highest standards of food safety and traceability from farm to fork. Animal welfare is at the heart of Cranswick’s business.

Commenting on the company’s win, CEO of Cranswick Adam Couch said: “To be recognised as Food Manufacturer of the Year is a real privilege and we are very proud to win this accolade. I am incredibly proud of all of the hard work and dedication from our colleagues across the business and this gives them the recognition they deserve for all of their efforts in making Cranswick such a great company to be involved in.”

Nominate your products for entry now click here. To vote or for more information on the awards, visit final deadline for voting and nominations is Friday 21st January 2022.

A big thank you to the 2022 Food Industry Awards partners:

For details of how to become a partner call Michelle Ingerfield on 01908 613323 or email

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