Entries open for 16th Northern Ireland Food & Beverage Awards

Food and beverage companies from Northern Ireland have been invited to enter the 2022 Northern Ireland Food and Beverage Awards.

Sponsored by Firmus Energy, the awards are recognized by the industry as a leading indicator of quality and success for food manufacturers and processors, providing local companies an invaluable opportunity to showcase innovative, quality products to key customers and stakeholders. provide.

With its 12 categories including Best New Product, Best International/GB Product Launch and A New Environment for Micro, Small, Medium and Large Businesses, there are many opportunities for food and beverage companies of all sizes to participate in the awards. stability category.

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of industry experts including representatives from leading retailers. The winners will be announced on 11 March at a grand awards ceremony hosted by BBC Northern Ireland presenter Joe Scott at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw Bridge, Belfast.

Michael Bell, Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), said, “The NIFDA Awards are back, and they are bigger than ever with multiple categories highlighting the best food and beverage products from Northern Ireland. do.” ,

“The awards are not only a celebration of our world-class food and drink, they are an important opportunity for firms of all sizes to showcase their products to an audience of industry leaders and key customers.

“This year we have added a few new categories, which reflect the changing consumer trends and demands of the customers on sustainability and diet. Our new Healthy Product Innovation Award recognizes the commitment of local companies to offer healthy products that are low in calories, sugar, saturated fat and/or salt.

“Another new category this year is Skills & Apprenticeship, championing firms that have shown commitment to developing a new generation of talent within the industry.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our innovative food and beverage companies to showcase their credentials to major retailers and key industry players, and I would like to ask firms to visit our dedicated awards website and receive their entries before the January 31 deadline. I will urge you to do it.”

Niall Martindale, Interim Managing Director of Firmus Energy, said: “The NIFDA Awards are a great opportunity for local food and beverage companies to be recognized for producing world class products.

“We welcome the addition of the Environmental Sustainability category to the 2022 Awards and look forward to working closely with the sector in the future to advance opportunities for recycling undigested food waste, which can be converted into renewable gas. which can be used to decarbonize our local gas network and support Northern Ireland’s journey to Net Zero.”

Other sponsors include Asda, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Food Standards Agency, DAERA, Invest Northern Ireland, Safefood and Food and Beverage Sector Skills.

The deadline for entries into the 2022 Northern Ireland Food and Beverage Awards is Monday, 31 January. For information on categories, and details on how to enter, visit https://nifdaawards.com/.

Northern Ireland Food and Beverage Awards 2022 Categories

Large Company Product Award (Sponsored by Firmus Energy)

Medium Company Product Award (Sponsored by Firmus Energy)

Small Company Product Award (Sponsored by Firmus Energy)

Micro Company Product Award (Sponsored by Firmus Energy)

Service Sector Award

Outstanding Contribution to NI Food and Drink Award

DAERA Sustainable Agri-Food Supply Chain Excellence Award

Best International/GB Product Launch Award (Sponsored by Invest NI)

Food Safety Champion Award (Sponsored by SafeFood)

Food & Beverage Sector Skill Award

Healthy Product Innovation Award (Sponsored by Food Standards Agency)

Environmental Sustainability Award