The Caterer is delighted to announce the launch of its Supplier Awards, which are now open for entries.
In 2019 The Caterer held its biggest product awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium. Then known as the Product Excellence Awards, organised in association with Delaware North, the annual event recognised the best food, drink and equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the UK.
Now, as the hospitality industry slowly starts to emerge from the catastrophic impact of the Covid pandemic, the team at The Caterer felt it was an appropriate time to rename and refresh the awards to reflect the changes the industry has been through.
The Caterer Supplier Awards will honour suppliers of food, drink and equipment to the hospitality industry: suppliers who kept businesses afloat during the pandemic; those who mothballed and maintained equipment for their clients during the crisis; and those who took a hit on their bottom line to support the UK's key workers, the care homes, the hospitals, the students and teachers and all the operators who were still able to run some kind of business.
The Caterer Supplier Awards aim to recognise the manufacturers, suppliers and producers of the most creative and innovative food, drink and equipment products that have kept and will continue to keep hospitality alive.
Lisa Jenkins, The Caterer's managing editor, said: "It took a pandemic to really highlight how important hospitality is to the UK economy, and everything we use or consume in that industry, whether it's fresh laundry, light equipment, coffee or cake, it is supplied by someone. Suppliers, producers and manufacturers need recognition for their products and for the creativity and staying power during the worst of times.
"We are delighted to be working alongside Westminster Kingsway College again as hosts of our food and drink product judging in September, and have a long list of the best experts in the industry lined up to debate and determine the winners of 2021."
The virtual Supplier Awards presentation event will take place on 7 December from 3.30pm. Our shortlisted finalists will be invited to join us online for a virtual celebration to recognise the diversity of the supplier sector. The winners will be announced in each category and sent their winner's trophy and marketing collateral to promote their win.
Entries for The Caterer Supplier Awards can be any products launched and available to operators in the hospitality industry from 1 January 2020 to 13 August 2021. The deadline for entries is 15 September 2021.