The second edition of the Specialty & Fine Food Fair Awards took place on 5 September at Olympia London, where retailers, innovative products and an industry champion was celebrated on the Fair’s Food for Thought Stage.
The awards were launched to celebrate individuals, products and business that make the food and drink sector “remarkable”, the show reported, to drive change and innovation, putting community and sustainability at the centre.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Event Manager Nicky Woods, who said: “We had a fantastic number of entries into the awards this year. Just a few weeks ago, the judges sat around a table in Speciality & Fine Food Fair HQ and tasted a huge amount of wonderful and innovative products and it was a really tough decision to select the finalists for the public vote. Huge congratulations all today’s winners!”
“I was delighted to be one of the judges for the Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards 2022. There were some fantastic entries across all the categories and some truly delicious and innovative products as well as a group of very knowledgeable judges,” said Stephan Minall, Awards Judge and Owner of Moving Food and Co-Founder of FDReviews.
Awarded Outstanding Industry Champion was The Westmorland Family, while Likkle More Chocolate Bar won Innovative Product of the Year and Laura’s Larder won Small Independent Retailer of the Year. Blackthorn Seasalt, pictured, won Sustainability Pioneer of the Year.
Tom Newey, Chief Executive of Cobbs Farm Shop who won the award for Large Independent Retailer of the Year, commented: “I’m so pleased to have won this, especially given the other businesses nominated, and it’s fantastic to be celebrating independent retail and coming together as a community at what continues to be a challenging time for the sector.”
Judges for the awards this year were Scott Winston, Buying Manager, Mindful Chef; Adrian Boswell, Food Buyer, Selfridges; Bruce Langlands, Management Consultant; Stephen Minall, Owner, Moving Food and Vhari Russell, Managing Director, The Food Marketing Expert.
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