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UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards winners named

Industry-voted awards highlight examples of excellence by both individuals and companies

UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards winners named

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The winners of the first UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards have been announced.

The awards were voted for entirely by FPJ readers, meaning the winners have truly won the acclaim of their peers. 

FPJ editor Michael Barker said: "We were overwhelmed with the response, both in terms of the numer of entries and votes, and I'm delighted to be able to reveal the first-ever winners of these exciting new awards.

"Whoever your favourites happened to be, I'm sure everyone would agree these are extremely worthy winners. We will be visiting the winners to present their awards over the coming weeks and featuring more pictures and stories in the new year."

Full details of all the entries are available here.

The winners are:

Lea Valley Growers Association Unsung Hero Award

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

It’sFresh! Product or Packaging Innovation Award

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

Farmcare Award for Initiative in Growing or R&D

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

Digital Initiative

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

New Face Award

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

Charitable Initiative

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

The Barfoots Green Award

WINNER Vitacress
2nd The Watercress Company
3rd Asda

The Wholesale Innovation Award

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

BanaBay Award for Best Marketing Campaign

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

MDS Award for Excellence in HR, Training or Recruitment

WINNER Produce World
2nd Greenvale
3rd Cornerways

Total Produce Award for Best Supporter of British

WINNER AC Goatham & Son
2nd Aldi
3rd Mansfields

Fruit Grower/Supplier of the Year

WINNER AC Goatham & Son
2nd S&A Produce
3rd AJ & CI Snell

Vegetable Grower/Supplier of the Year

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

Salad Grower/Supplier of the Year

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

Potato Grower/Supplier of the Year

WINNER Greenvale
2nd Nene Potatoes
3rd AKP Group

The Lifetime Achievement Award

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


What are the UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards?

The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards are the first-ever awards voted for entirely by the industry. Nearly 100 entries were received in the 16 categories, with the industry voting in huge numbers throughout October.

Were all votes counted?

To ensure the integrity of the competition and to avoid ‘block voting’, only FPJ subscribers could vote on a one-subscriber-one-vote basis. Some voters were found not to be subscribers and their votes were discounted from the final results.

What happened in the event of a tie?

In one category there was a dead heat in the voting. In this case the two entries were named as joint winners.

My company has won a category – when we will receive our trophy?

The FPJ team will be in touch shortly to discuss the presentation of the trophy. Most awards will be presented at your company, while individual awards (Unsung Hero, New Face and Lifetime Achievement) will be presented at the UK Fruit & Vegetable Congress at The Belfry on 21 April 2016. Photos of the winners receiving their trophies will appear in FPJ in January.

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