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Welcome to The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards 2016

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What are the UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards?

The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards, presented by FPJ, are the only pan-industry fresh produce awards voted for by the trade itself. This fresh format, with submissions and voting all taking place online, is all about the quality of the entries and recognising the finest industry achievers. In the inaugural awards in 2015, some 100 entries were received and many hundreds of fresh produce professionals cast their votes to crown the winners.

When does it all take place?

Entries will be accepted until Friday 21 October, and will be available to view and judge in November. The winners will be announced in December.

Who is eligible to enter?

Any company or individual who works in the commercial UK fruit and vegetable industry is eligible to enter the awards. You do not need to be an FPJ subscriber to enter. See below for the full list of categories.

How do I enter?

To enter the awards, make sure you’ve got your entry prepared, and email it to awards@fpj.co.uk, stating in the subject line which category you are entering. For each entry, you should also submit a photograph for possible use within FPJ, should you be successful. We are accepting entries from now until the end of October.

How much does it cost to enter?

There is no charge to submit entries to, or vote for the winners of, the UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards.

What materials do I need to get together?

It’s never been easier to enter an awards scheme. Entries are a maximum of 250 words, so please list your achievements as succinctly as possible. A great entry details the excellent work done by the company or individual, what the objectives were, what they did to succeed and overcome obstacles and what the outcomes were. Also check out last year's most successful entries by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.

Who can vote?

The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards are voted for online by FPJ subscribers. This is to allow us to ensure there are no duplicate/fixed votes and that the voting process is fair.

FPJ subscribers are senior professionals across the UK fruit and vegetable business, and have a deep understanding of the trade. Never before has the whole trade had the chance to recognise their peers in this way.

You can vote on as many or as few categories as you would like.

Not an FPJ subscriber? No problem – we are running a special three-month subscription offer for new subscribers during the voting period, so you can sign up and have your say!

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced in FPJ in December, both in print and online.

What’s the prize for winning?

Category winners will receive – as well as the pride that comes with being crowned by their peers – a smart winner’s trophy and a profile in FPJ.

I'm interested in sponsoring a category. Tell me more.

As FPJ’s annual awards, the event receives widespread coverage in FPJ, before, during and after the event, giving sponsors over four months of regular exposure to readers of Britain’s leading fresh produce magazine. In addition, your name on the winner’s trophy means the prestige of being associated with the event will live on long beyond this year’s competition.

Category sponsorship package

-       Your company name in the category title, and on the winners’ trophy and certificate
-       Your company name, logo and hotlink on the UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards website
-       Your company logo on all printed and digital promotional materials
-       A half-page colour advert in the winners’ issue of FPJ, published in December

All this for just £1,950 + VAT. Call our sales team on 0207 501 0315.

Can we sponsor a category if we’re thinking of entering the awards?

Absolutely! The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards are voted for entirely by FPJ readers, meaning there is no conflict of interest between sponsors and judges. You can sponsor, and enter, as many categories as you like.

The categories

1/ 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.

2/ Young Person of the Year, sponsored by MorePeople

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Recognising outstanding performance by fresh produce industry profressionals aged 30 or under.

3/ The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Greenvale

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Recognising the outstanding individuals who have put in decades of work making the fresh produce trade a better place.

4/ The Sustainability Award, sponsored by Barfoots


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.

5/ 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.

6/ 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.

7/ Marketing and Digital Initiative

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.

8/ 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.

9/ 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.

10/ Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Coveris

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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. 

11/ Wholesale or Catering Supplier of the Year

Recognising the outstanding wholesale or catering supplier of 2016.

12/ Fruit Grower/Supplier of the Year

Recognising the outstanding fruit grower or supplier of 2016.

13/ Vegetable Grower/Supplier of the Year

Recognising the outstanding vegetable grower or supplier of 2016.

14/ Salad Grower/Supplier of the Year

Recognising the outstanding salad grower or supplier of 2016.

15/ Potato Grower/Supplier of the Year

Recognising the outstanding potato grower or supplier of 2016.





Click on each category name to read the entries

1/ Unsung Hero, sponsored by Lea Valley Growers Association

WINNER Moira Henderson – Greenvale
2nd Dobri Kraev – AC Goatham & Son
3rd Dave Morrison – Cornerways

2/ Product or Packaging Innovation, sponsored by It's Fresh!

WINNER= British Red Sweet Onions – Bedfordshire Growers
WINNER= Sweet Sprouting Cauliflower – Produce World
3rd Pink Lady – Coregeo

3/ Initiative in Growing or R&Dsponsored by Farmcare

WINNER Bakkavor & Hammond Produce
2nd Alan Bartlett & Sons
3rd Produce World

4/ Digital Initiative

WINNER Love Your Greens – The Little Big Voice
2nd AC Goatham & Son
3rd Pink Lady

5/ New Face Award

WINNER Briony Dunmore –BanaBay
2nd Laura Drew – Greenvale
3rd Jack Ward – BGA

6/ Charitable Initiative

WINNER Growers United FC
2nd Alan Bartlett & Sons
3rd Greenvale – Bees

7/ The Green Award, sponsored by Barfoots

WINNER Vitacress
2nd The Watercress Company
3rd Asda

8/ Wholesale Innovation

WINNER Reynolds
2nd P&I Side Salads
3rd Sunnyfield

9/ Marketing Campaign, sponsored by BanaBay

WINNER Super 6 – Aldi
2nd Love Your Greens – The Little Big Voice
3rd Tenderstem – Coregeo

10/ Excellence in HR, training or recruitment, sponsored by MDS

WINNER Produce World
2nd Greenvale
3rd Cornerways

11/ Best Supporter of British, sponsored by Total Produce

WINNER AC Goatham & Son
2nd Aldi
3rd Mansfields

12/ Fruit Grower/Supplier of the Year

WINNER AC Goatham & Son

2nd S&A Produce
3rd AJ & CI Snell

13/ Vegetable Grower/Supplier of the Year

WINNER The Wasabi Company
2nd Produce World
3rd Nightlayer Leek Co.

14/ Salad Grower/Supplier of the Year

WINNER The Watercress Company
2nd Abbey View Produce
3rd Freshtime UK

15/ Potato Grower/Supplier of the Year

WINNER Greenvale
2nd Nene Potatoes
3rd AKP Group

16/ Lifetime Achievement

WINNER Clive Goatham
2nd Dr Steve Rothwell
3rd Graeme Beattie


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