The leading food, drink and equipment products in the hospitality industry have been revealed.
The winners of The Caterer's Supplier Awards 2021 were announced this afternoon in a Facebook Live event by The Caterer's managing editor Lisa Jenkins.
The award showcase first-class producers and suppliers from across the country and overseas. Jenkins said: "We had hundreds of fantastic entries this year and it gives us great pleasure to share these results.
"The team at The Caterer have spoken to so many businesses this year who have told us how supportive their suppliers have been – going the extra mile to ensure their sites stay open, extending credit, finding solutions to shortages and stockpiling equipment for those emergency situations – all examples of how the suppliers in this industry have stepped up.
"All the suppliers on the shortlist and our winners today have supported the NHS, the homeless and those in desperate need of food, drink, and cooking facilities throughout the past 20 months."
Judge Adam Bateman, culinary director at the Grand hotel in Birmingham, said: "It's my third year of being involved with The Caterer's Supplier Awards, and I can't wait to return next year. It's a vital part of seeing new and innovative products from a broad range of suppliers across our industry and, as always, there were some really stand-out products."
Drinks specialist Neil Phillips, also known as the Wine Tipster, added: "I always look forward to the judging of The Caterer's Supplier Awards, as I really enjoy working with the other judges, who bring such a range of skills, experience and passion. The high quality of product development and innovation shown by the suppliers in each of the categories is so inspiring and communicates such a positive message for our industry."
The winners are:
Bakery Product of the Year Doughboys, Sourdough Pizza Base
Cold Beverage Award Anon, Bittersweet Aperitif
Dessert of the Year Brakes, Vegan Belgian Sweet Waffles
Hot Beverage Award Easy Joe Coffee Roasters, Mayni Indigenous Community Coffee
Larder and Dairy Product of the Year Belazu Ingredient Company, Fig Leaf Vinegar
Meat and Poultry Product of the Year Brakes, South American Angus Ribeye Steak (28-day aged)
Plant-Based Product of the Year Gold&Green, Protein Flakes
Seafood Product of the Year Brakes, Dockside Argentinian Rosso Shrimps (peeled and deveined)
Beverage Equipment Award Franke, A300
FOG and Waste Equipment Award Filta, FiltaFOG Cyclone
Hygiene Product of the Year Mechline, HyGenikx HGX-W-10F
Light Equipment Product of the Year Wrapmaster, Wrapmaster Flexsil-Lid
Multifunctional Cooking Product of the Year Joint winners: Rational, iVario Multifunctional Cooking System and Synergy Grill Technology, CharGo
Prime Cooking Product of the Year Synergy Grill Technology, eGrill
Rapid cooking product of the Year Unox, Bakerlux Speed.Pro
Sustainable Product Award Sous Vide Tools, Sustainapouch
Technology - Innovation of the Year Wi-Q, Connect
Technology – Workforce Management Award Bizimply, Workforce Management software
Warewasher of the Year Hobart, Two Level Washer
The winners will be contacted and sent their 2021 Supplier Awards trophy and the winners' marketing collateral. The 2021 winners' supplement will be published in the 14 January 2022 issue of The Caterer.
The 2021 Supplier Awards judges were: Andrew Aston, head of wellness and nutrition, BaxterStorey; Julie Barker, foodservice consultant; Adam Bateman, culinary director, the Grand hotel, Birmingham; David Bentley, consultant, Bentley Associates; Ed Bircham, director, Humble Arnold Associates; Al Crisci; directorate of safety and rehabilitation, HMPPS; Julian Edwards, consultant, Foodservice Allergen Management; Kate Gould, consultant; Keg Catering Equipment Evaluation Services; Mark Kendall, commercial director, CedaBond; Vic Laws, consultant, AVL Consultancy; Steve Munkley, vice-president Craft Guild of Chefs and consultant chef, Steve Munkley Associates; Charlotte Partridge, senior procurement analyst, CH&Co; Jane Pendlebury, chief executive, Hospa; drinks specialist Neil Phillips; Charlotte Rouse, head of mobilisations and supply chain for London, BaxterStorey; Mark Taylor, director, Bloom Foodservice; Jamie Warley, head pastry chef, Sofitel London St James; Carl Weldon, chief operating officer, HFTP; Charlie Weller, key account manager, Space Group and Ken Winch, consultant, Ken Winch Design.