FoodTalk Awards 2018 – the UK’s top-40 technology innovators, and why they are so hot…
More than 40 of the UK’s finest food innovators have made it through to the finals of The FoodTalk Awards 2018. The best of the best are soon to be announced including two ‘People’s Choice Awards’.
FoodTalk show presenter and awards judge Sue Nelson says: “We had a great day judging the winners and finalists for our annual awards. We got to taste everything from olive oil and brownies to banana ketchup and gin – well, someone has to do it! We then had the tricky task of evaluating the very best in packaging innovation and food tech. I was wowed by such creativity and continue to be amazed at the innovation in the sector. I’m really excited about its growth and how the sector is evolving.”
All the winners will be announced at a glamorous ceremony at the Banking Hall in the City of London on 15 June. The full list of winners and finalists including more details of their awe-inspiring products is attached. This year’s awards are more competitive, more rigorous and much more fun, which means the big night itself will be even more inclusive and interactive.
As well as entertainment and a lavish drinks reception, guest speakers, music and laughter will backdrop a faster-format awards ceremony to create a much more socially focused evening. This will give everyone more time to network and have fun, but still celebrate the achievements of our amazing industry, meet friends and colleagues and get into the party spirit.
Up for awards are not only winners and gold and silver medallists, but two very special ‘People’s Choice Awards’. These will be from the ‘All in the Taste Award’ food and drink categories and will be chosen by our guests at the awards dinner. These awards are for people who have helped shape the food sector, made a positive impact on the industry or overcome major challenges.
Competing for the award in the ‘All in the Taste Award’ food category are:
Baked by Neelu brownies
5th Dimension Chocolates
Rubies in the Rubble Banana Ketchup
Morocco Gold olive oil
Up for the People’s Choice Award in the ‘All in the Taste Award’ drink category are:
YumCha Moroccan tea
World of Zing cocktail
Dalston’s natural cola
Longflint Drinks Co – Hibiscus gin and tonic
Double Dutch Pomegranate and Basil Tonic Water
Sue Nelson adds: “The standard of entries has been exceptional, making judging such a tough call. All the products blew our minds away with their ingenuity, and these awards celebrate the excellence and innovators across the whole food sector. All the winners and finalists are set to play a major role in our sector and help define its exciting future. To get to the finals is a real achievement, so congratulations to all those who made it.”
Tickets are £140 plus VAT and the price has been deliberately kept as low as possible to encourage as many innovators in the food sector to attend – this extravaganza It’s not about profit but spreading the word on all that’s great and wonderful about our food sector. As a further incentive, tickets for finalists have been discounted to £120 plus VAT for the first two tickets purchased. Additional tickets for finalists will be charged at full price. This event is a hugely popular celebration of the UK’s very best talent and technology in the food sector, so be sure to book early at www.eventbrite.co.uk.
See the finalists here: http://foodtalk.co.uk/blog/2018/03/the-2018-finalists.