UK’s green food industry leaders honoured at Footprint Awards

Leading British exponents of sustainability in the food sector were celebrated in London last week at the fifth annual Footprint Awards, reports Becki Sendell

On Thursday 4 June London’s East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf played host to senior figures from across the food industry, who came together to witness the results of the fifth annual Footprint Awards.

Over 200 leaders from foodservice and hospitality organisations gathered for this special anniversary year of the prestigious Awards Scheme celebrating the most innovative sustainability campaigns and initiatives that are driving best practice across sectors from manufacturing to contract catering.

The Awards Scheme has become renowned for its approach to showcasing the achievements of businesses of all shapes and sizes, and has received particular praise for the high number of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that have been recognised year-on-year.

Winners on the night included some of the biggest names in the sector, as well as rising stars considered ‘ones to watch’. From Kuehne+Nagel to Delta Packaging companies large and small were honoured for their ability to push boundaries and make significant Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy strides across the supply chain.

Each category shone with a host of worthy nominees making it extremely difficult for the expert panel of judges to select the final winners, proving that five years on, the Footprint Awards are still the sustainability awards scheme to enter – and win.

Speaking at the event Nick Fenwicke-Clennell, CEO of Footprint said: “The Fifth Anniversary of the Footprint Awards is an important milestone for the industry – we have started to see real progression and innovation across the supply chain to ensure sustainability is at the forefront of best practice.  All of the nominees have demonstrated just how far business has come in half a decade to reduce waste, become more energy efficient and create new social initiatives.”

Charles Miers, managing director of Footprint, said: “We want to say a huge congratulations to this year’s winners who once again, have highlighted the brilliant achievements from businesses large and small.  Although there is still much more that can be done across the industry to make it truly sustainable, the examples showcased tonight demonstrate the wonderful efforts being made to make a real difference to the environment and society. From Harper Adams University to Going Underground, the awards illustrate that even small businesses can make a big impact.”


The full list of winners:

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources award

Sponsored by Green 10

Winner: Wyke Farms

Runner Up: Smith Anderson Group


Waste Management & Reduction award

Sponsored by The Spirit Pub Company

Winner: Winnow

Runner Up: Simply Cups


Environmentally Efficient Logistics award

Sponsored by Nestlé Professional

Winner: Kuehne+Nagel

Joint Runner Up: Greggs plc

Joint Runner Up: Bidvest Foodservice


Responsible Sourcing award

Sponsored by Red Tractor

Winner: Pret A Manger

Runner Up: Nestlé Professional


Sustainable Supplier award

Sponsored by Sodexo UK & Ireland

Winner: Brita Professional

Runner Up: Johnsons Stalbridge


Energy Efficiency award

Sponsored by Johnsons Stalbridge

Winner: Spirit Pub Company in assoc. Total and Inenco

Runner Up: Wyke Farms


Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer award

Sponsored by Eau de Vie

Winner: Gram UK

Runner Up: Winterhalter


Stakeholder Engagement award

Sponsored by innocent drinks

Winner: WRAP

Runner Up: Sodexo UK & Ireland


Sustainable Innovation in Packaging award

Sponsored by Pro2Pac

Winner: Delta Packaging

Runner Up: Huhtamaki UK


Social Impact & Diversity award

Sponsored by Kuehne+Nagel

Winner: Tate & Lyle Sugars

Runner Up: innocent drinks


Sustainability in Education award

Sponsored by TUCO

Winner: Harper Adams University

Runner Up: University of Reading


The Community Vote

Sponsored by Reynolds

Joint Winner: Going Underground, London

Joint Winner: The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland

Runner Up: The Yews, Leicester


Footprint Special Achievement award 2015

Sponsored by Essential Cuisine

Winner: Allegra McEvedy MBE, Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation

The headline sponsor for the 2015 Footprint Awards is Nestlé Professional with other sponsors including; Innocent, Essential Cuisine, Green 10, Reynolds, TUCO, Sodexo UK & Ireland, Johnsons Stalbridge Linen, Red Tractor, Kuehne+Nagel, Pro2Pac, Eau de Vie and The Spirit Pub Company.

Becki Sendell

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