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Entrants to The FoodTalk Awards 2018 strike gold – winners announced

Entrants to The FoodTalk Awards 2018 strike gold – winners announced

The best creative minds in food and drink were announced this week, as judges for The FoodTalk Awards 2018 revealed the gold and silver medallists.

The awards celebrate inspirational individuals and their ideas in everything from food and design to packaging and technology. Winners include innovators behind unique solutions like banana ketchup and hibiscus gin and tonic, a noodle kiosk and a biodegradable sushi tray. All of them have sunk their heart, soul and creative energy into improving our industry through new product development.

Sue Nelson, FoodTalk Show founder and presenter, said: “We had some of the best names in food and drink on our panel and we all agreed judging was tough: every entry was of a super-high standard and each one unique. We checked out innovative sustainable packaging, amazing technology and thoughtful artisan products. Obviously, we had to taste a lot of incredible food and drink products, too of course! I’m proud of the innovators we have in our sector and these awards give them the recognition they deserve.”

More than 40 of the UK’s smartest food, retail and technology professionals made it through to the final of The FoodTalk Awards 2018 with nine gold medals and a host of silvers awarded. The competition was launched last year by Sue, a presenter, published food writer and former CEO of NW Fine Foods. They have quickly become the most-talked-about food-industry event of the year.

On The Menu, a small start-up dedicated to reducing salt and sugar in products, won a gold for its Real Good Ketchup. The business epitomises the can-do ingenuity of this year’s winners, and the judges were wowed: “They’re up against a global food giant and they can easily hold their head up in that company. It’s the stand-out product of all the finalists.”

A silver award winner meanwhile, Moose Maple, which impressed judges with its Moose Maple Butter, had Sue in raptures: “I could go into a dark room with this and just eat and eat and eat it.” Another judge hailed the transformative effect of a Green Cola that won a silver: “I hate cola so passionately, but I can drink this – and it’s free of all those nasties.”

Sue concluded: “We are thrilled to have celebrated the most outstanding achievements across the highly competitive food sector and rewarded those who will help define its future. All of the entrants this year are playing a part in the success of our sector and we are confident their future achievements will be built on the foundations we have laid with The FoodTalk Awards.”

The full list of gold and silver medallists are:

All in the Taste Award – Food
Gold Award Winners:
Baked By Neelu – Signature chocolate brownies
Kinomi Nuts – Kinomi Nuts
Fifth Dimension Chocolates – Soy Caramel Sauce
Rubies in the Rubble – Banana ketchup
Morocco Gold – Single estate extra virgin olive oil

People’s Choice Champion:
Rubies in the Rubble – Banana ketchup

All in the Taste Award – Drink
Gold Award Winners:
Yumcha – Moroccan mint ice tea
World of Zing – Bordeaux barrel aged negroni
Dalston’s – Cola
Longflint Drinks Co – Hibiscus, gin tonic
Double Dutch – Pomegranate and basil tonic water

People’s Choice Champion:
Longflint Drinks Co – Hibiscus, gin tonic

Clean Eating Award
Gold Award: On The Menu – Real good ketchup
Silver Award: Moose Maple – Moose maple butter
Silver Award: Green Cola – Green Cola

Free-From Award
Gold Award: Bonnie Yau – Thai style satay sauce (vegan and peanut free)
Gold Award: Oast to Host – Pastry mix (gluten and wheat flour free)

Smart Packaging Award
Gold Award: Cornware – Biodegradable sushi tray
Silver Award: Wool Cool – Sustainable packaging
Silver Award: Snact – Plastic-free packaging

Smart Tech/Kitchen Award
Gold Award: Mr Lees – Noodle kiosk
Silver Award: Still on the Move – Mobile distillery

Presenters’ Award
Gold Award: Dunnet Bay Distillers – Holy grass vodka
Silver Award: The Vurger Co – 100% plant-based burgers
Silver Award: The Chocolate Smiths – Cheese and cracker chocolate
Silver Award: St Ewe – Boost the roost free range eggs

The Impossible to Categorise Award
Gold Award: Helen Roberts of Wandsworth Foodies – Supporting food businesses to launch and grow
Silver Award: Little Cook Box – Meal kits for kids
Silver Award: Petrow Quality Kernels – Nut and seed processing
Silver Award: Gerald McDonald & Co – Ingredient sourcing and blending

There were a staggering 252 entries received this year and the quality of the products and innovation shown were second to none.  For more information on The FoodTalk Awards 2019 please keep an eye on the website:

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