|Well, what a night it was. Full of fun and frolics, as FPA members and their guests, resplendent in their finery, took over the The Grand in Brighton for our FPA Awards evening.
It was wonderful to be able to catch up with our award sponsors, event sponsors, judges, FPA members, and, of course, all our award nominees. The standard of entries reached a new high this year and it was a tough job for the judges to select the winners.
The evening was a huge success. Host and comedian, Zoe Lyons shared her love of food packaging (and the food within it ...), and, together with our chairman, Mark Pawsey, handed out no less than 15 awards - including some special awards, which took the recipients totally by surprise.
As always, the amazing staff at The Grand did us proud. The food was delicious, and in-between courses guests enjoyed live music from ‘The Stuntmen’. Afterwards, there was plenty of fun and laughter going on around the magic mirror, and the chips were flying in the casino area.
Our congratulations to all the winners and our thanks to our amazing sponsors, without whom the event wouldn’t be possible. All the winners details are below. If you weren’t able to join us, you missed a truly fabulous night. We hope you can come along next year.
To those who did make the trip to Brighton, it was great to see you. Thank you once more for your support and for taking time out from your busy work schedules to celebrate another successful FPA year.
|MANUFACTURER AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Bunzl Catering Supplies
The FPA Manufacturer of the Year as voted for by FPA Distributor members is:
Runners-up: Northwood Hygiene Products and Go-Pak UK
Highly commended: H-Pack
|NATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Tork
The FPA National Distributor of the Year as voted for by FPA Manufacturer members is:
BUNZL CATERING SUPPLIES
Highly Commended: Socius Network
|REGIONAL DISTRIBUTOR AWARD 2023
Sponsored by amipak
The FPA Regional Distributor of the Year as voted for by FPA Manufacturer members and customers is:
Runner-up: Bonds Packaging
Highly Commended: 4 Aces and Nivek Catering Supplies
|FOODSERVICE CATERER OPERATOR AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Faerch
The FPA Foodservice Catering Operator of the Year as voted for by FPA members is:
Runner-up: CH & Co
Highly Commended: Elior
|FOODSERVICE RETAIL OPERATOR AWARD 2023
Sponsored by ProAmpac
The FPA Foodservice Retail Operator of the Year as voted for by FPA members is:
PRET A MANGER
Highly Commended: Greggs
|FOOD & DRINK MANUFACTURER AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Bidfood
The FPA Food & Drink Manufacturer of the Year as voted for by FPA members is:
Runner-up: 2 Sisters
Highly Commended: Samworth
PRODUCT INNOVATION FRONT OF HOUSE AWARD 2023
Sponsored by KP Packaging and judged by an independent panel
Winner: PROAMPAC for RecycAll Product Line
Runner-up: Sharpak for Luxifood Sushi
Coveris for Notpla-Coated Food Cartons
Dempson for WasteNot SOS Carrier with EnviroPap
Dempson for WasteNotTM Window Bag
Graphic Packaging International for McDonald's Hexagonal Salad Box
|PRODUCT INNOVATION BACK OF HOUSE AWARD 2023
Sponsored by KP Packaging and judged by an independent panel.
Winner: WRAPEX for Eco Cling Recyclable Cling Film
|CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Ecosurety and judged by an independent panel
Winner: BIDFOOD for Hope4 - protecting the lives of Ukrainian women and children impacted by poverty, crime and conflict
Bunzl Catering Supplies for Sustainable Future Programme
|SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Northwood and judged by an independent panel
Winner: FAERCH for Back of Store by Faerch
Runner-up: Brakes for Brakes – Stepping up Sustainability
Highly Commended: Sharpak for Certified Prevented Ocean Plastic®
|DESIGN TEAM AWARD 2023
Sponsored by Cromwell Polythene
Winner: EP GROUP
Highly Commended: Cofresco Wrapmaster® Marketing Team
RISING STAR AWARD
Sponsored by AV International Solutions
|RISING STAR AWARD
Sponsored by AV International Solutions
The FPA Rising Star Award winner is:
TALIA GOLDMAN, COLPAC
|LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For a lifetime of raising foodservice supply standards
DR ANDY KEMP, BIDFOOD
Andy's contribution to the foodservice packaging industry is legendary, and although semi-retired, he continues to make a difference via his consultancy work and his support for a number of industry charities.
|"This award is hugely deserved" said Mark Byrne, vice chair of the FPA. "We're hoping it will be right up there with his Honorary Doctorate, his Fellowship of the Institute of Hospitality and his MBE. Who knows, it might even bump him higher up the Top 20 most influential list!"
|SERVICE APPRECIATION AWARD
For dedicated service to the FPA
Our dedicated treasurer, Malcolm Sargent, has been involved with the FPA since the very beginning in 2006. We hope this Service Appreciation Award goes some way towards thanking him for everything he has done and continue to do for the.
For dedicated service to the FPA and the foodservice packaging industry
The FPA’s Chairman’s Award goes to our very own Anna Turner. Anna works tirelessly as Chair of the FPA Membership Committee, giving her time both freely and willingly to the benefit of the FPA and our members.
|Awards Exhibition and Afternoon Tea
Guests took advantage of the opportunity to meet the award entrants and look through their entries during the afternoon of the awards. The atmosphere was buzzing and it was great to see more than 30 companies' innovations and products on display.
|Following the exhibition, and in acknowledgement of International Women's Day earlier in the week, Anna Turner hosted a special afternoon get-together tea for ladies working in the industry. It was a chance for them to meet one another prior to the evening and was a great success. Our thanks to the afternoon tea sponsor, Euro Packaging Group for sponsoring both the ladies' event and the afternoon tea for all our other guests.
Over the course of the evening we ran two raffles and an auction to raise funds for the FPA's chosen charity WasteAid. Just Eat kindly donated a £500 voucher and we had three further Amazon vouchers for £300, £150 and £50 kindly donated by Packaging Innovations. Over £4,000 was raised on the night. Our thanks to all concerned and congratulations to the lucky winners.
|HUGE THANKS TO OUR JUDGES
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Awards
Phil Chadwick, Packaging News
Karen Graley, Waitrose
Paul Vanston, INCPEN
Jaz Rabadia, Just Eat
Helen McFarlane, McDonald’s Restaurants
Paula Chin, WWF
Product Innovation Awards:
Simon Oxley, Pret a Manger
Nikki Grainge, Waitrose
Dick Searle, Packaging Federation
Laura Fernandez, Ocado
Margaret Bates, OPRL
James Grainger, Deliveroo
|AND TO OUR AMAZING AWARD SPONSORS