The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards Social and FPJ Live are brought together for the first time, recognising and rewarding excellence across the UK fresh produce industry
The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards, presented by FPJ, are the pan-industry fresh produce awards voted for by the trade itself. This fresh format sees all entries handled online, with FPJ subscribers voting for their winners in a modern, transparent process.
The winners will receive their trophies on the evening of Monday 8 October at a fun and informal social evening. Another opportunity to network and celebrate the very best in the UK fresh produce business.
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• Best Retail Concept
This category throws the spotlight on new concepts, either created by or for retailers, to improve the sale or sourcing of fresh produce. From supply chain technology to POS materials or in-store promotional strategies, this category acknowledges the role of innovation throughout the supply chain to the end consumer.
• Marketing or Digital Initiative of the Year
You can have the greatest product in the world, but without savvy marketing nobody will know about it. Whether via print or TV advertising, social media, online or PR, this category recognises the best public-facing work of the year.
• Charitable Initiative
From bike rides to mountain climbs, there have been some exceptional examples of hard work by fresh produce employees to raise money for charity this year. This award gives them the recognition they deserve.
• Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year
This category is your chance to vote for which supermarket you think has done the best job of supporting the fruit and vegetable category this year. You will be able to choose from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, The Co-op, Waitrose, M&S, Aldi, Lidl and Iceland. Other retailers may also submit entries to be considered.
• Initiative in Growing or R&D
Have you made a major investment in production this year, developed new techniques for growing or found a novel way of working? Or perhaps done made some major work in the area of science or R&D? This award will crown the outstanding new example of innovative growing, science or research seen in the past year.
• Product or Packaging Innovation
Has your company launched a new product or packaging concept in the last year? Whether a new variety, a variation on an existing theme or a new way of presenting things, this is the category that recognises creative innovation.
• The Sustainability Award
From green practices to environmentally sensitive farming and energy-saving initiatives, this category is for those companies who have gone above and beyond to make their businesses truly sustainable.
• Wholesale or Catering Supplier of the Year
Recognising the outstanding wholesale or catering supplier of 2018.
• Fresh Produce Grower/Supplier of the Year
Recognising the outstanding fruit, vegetable or potato grower of 2018.
• Young Person of the Year
Recognising outstanding performance by fresh produce industry professionals aged 30 or under.
A Lifetime Achievement Award, selected by FPJ’s team of journalists, will also be presented at the event.
• Unsung Hero
At every company there’s an employee who works incredibly hard, motivates their colleagues or comes up with genius plans to develop the business. Whether in the packhouse, the field or the office, beyond the walls of their workplace, they often don’t get the recognition they deserve – until now. This category gives the opportunity for those unsung heroes to take a well-deserved turn in the spotlight.