The Fresh Produce Consortium is encouraging broader international participation at its FPC Fresh Awards 2022

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) – the UK’s fresh produce trade association – is calling on individuals and businesses throughout the world to enter the 2022 edition of its prestigious FPC Fresh Awards.

FPC Fresh Awards 2021 ceremony venue

FPC Fresh Awards 2021 ceremony venue

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The annual awards recognise the excellence and innovation of all those who operate within the UK supply chain of fresh produce, cut flowers and plants; from the best growers and suppliers to the finest service providers, exceptional marketers and distinguished personnel from across the globe.

This year, FPC is eager to honour and celebrate the increasingly global nature of the UK’s produce trade. The association is inviting a broader international participation across its 16 awards categories, which span Individuals, the Supply Chain, Retail Excellence and Business Excellence.

For 2022, there are four brand new awards: International Grower of the Year; UK Grower of the Year; Team of the Year; and HR Initiative of the Year.

Nigel Jenney, CEO of FPC, explains: “FPC Fresh Awards 2022 is an unparalleled opportunity to truly stand out from the crowd within the highly competitive UK marketplace. Any international individual or business with UK trading links could be in with a chance of winning one of our highly-sought-after accolades.

“This year we are casting the net far and wide as we seek to celebrate the amazing people, outstanding achievements and exceptional best practices of all businesses that trade fresh produce, cut flowers and plants within the UK. That includes traditional as well as non-traditional businesses located both in the UK and abroad.

“The UK marketplace is becoming ever more global in nature and FPC wishes to acknowledge the hard-workers and trailblazers who represent the driving force of this incredible trade. In turn, the winners will be recognised as the industry’s very best and thereby remain attractive to new business and recruitment opportunities.”

To be eligible, entrants must be involved in trading fresh produce, cut flowers and plants within the UK marketplace. This includes: overseas growers, local producers, global exporters, domestic importers, packers and packaging suppliers, local ports and international shipping or logistics providers, UK-wide wholesalers and foodservice distributors, science labs and chemical manufacturers worldwide, as well as marketers at home and abroad.

The deadline for entries is 2 June 2022. Multiple entries can be made across the 16 award categories.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on 8 July 2022 at The JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London.

Winners gain unparalleled industry recognition, plus the use of the distinctive FPC Fresh Award-Winning logo on their marketing collateral to reinforce their point of difference.

All awards are  sponsored by FPC members; including: IFCO, Total Produce, Freeths, Westfalia UK, Aptean, PML. IPP, ICL UK, New Spitalfields Market and ASDA (IPL).