2016 Product Excellence Awards winners announced

02 December 2016 by
2016 Product Excellence Awards winners announced

Innovation, creativity, sustainability, design, the best user experience and, of course, taste were all recognised at The Caterer‘s 2016 Product Excellence Awards.

Twenty-six winners were recognised among their peers at a celebration held at Westminster Kingsway College, London.

Eighty shortlisted companies were recognised for getting through to the shortlist from over 200 entries.

The awards night provided an opportunity for the suppliers and manufacturers behind these products to get together and celebrate their success; and with new and exciting product sourcing vital to business success, the products and equipment recognised on the night are a true reflection of the rising expectations in the market and the fierce competition among operators.

Lisa Jenkins, products and suppliers editor of The Caterer

"The Caterer has always been a showcase for innovation, inspiration and learning - every week for 138 years - and it's our intention to continue to promote producers, manufacturers and suppliers for their expertise and inspiration as much as we can."

The winners

Bakery - Pan Artisan, Focaccia Romana
Condiments - The Bay Tree, Sweet Garlic Pickle
Confectionery - Booker, Chef's Larder, Gluten-Free, Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Dairy - En Route International, First Class Cheese Selection
Desserts - Pots & Co, Vanilla & Chocolate Pot
Food on the go - Country Choice, The Sausage Roll Company, Sausage Roll
Frozen (Pasta) Brakes, Select Forest Mushroom with Truffle Mezzaluna
Frozen - Booker, Chef's Larder, Premium Extra Chunky Chips
Hot beverages (Coffee) Bidvest Foodservice, Black&White, Dark Roast Coffee
Hot beverages (Tea) - Twinings, Gingerbread Chai Latte
Impulse & snacks - Booker, Lichfields Granola Bar
Meat, game, poultry & fish - Bidvest Foodservice, Farmstead Pork Rack with Apricot Stuffing
Soft drinks & juices - Radnor Hills, Heartsease Farm Apple & Rhubarb Sparkling Pressé
Special diet - Holy Cow Food Company, Mangalore Malabar Curry Sauce
Beverage-making & dispense equipment - Robot Coupe UK, Robot Coupe J100 Ultra
Crockery, cutlery, glassware & tabletop - Churchill, Stonecast Barley White Organic Plate
Environmental - Continental Chef Supplies, Chaud Devant, Recycled Plastic Bottle Chef's Jacket
Food preparation equipment - Mitchell & Cooper: Nemox Gelato 4K Touch
Hygiene & waste management - Wrapmaster, Wrapmaster Duo Dispenser
Induction - Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM), Vollrath Mirage Countertop Buffet Warmers
Microwaves & rapid cooking - Frima, VarioCooking Center Multificiency 112L Dynamic
Ranges, ovens, frying & grilling - Jestic, Henny Penny Velocity Series PXE-100
Refrigeration - Adande Refrigeration, A+ Fridge (HCS & HCR)
Technology - Kafoodle, Kafoodle Allergen System
Warewashing - Winterhalter, UC Excellence-i
Workwear - Oliver Harvey, Custom Cross Back Apron

Jenkins also acknowledged the expertise and integrity of the judges of the Product Excellence Awards, who were:

  • Dipna Anand, chef restaurateur, Brilliant Restaurant
  • David Bentley, consultant, Bentley Consulting
  • Ed Bircham, director, Humble Arnold Associates
  • Eric Chariaux, proprietor, Premier Cheese
  • Al Crisci, founder trustee of the Clink Charity
  • Andy Daniels, culinary lead EMEA, Manitowoc Foodservice
  • Simon Frost, chair of the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA)
  • Ian Green, retail head chef for Excel Hospitality, (Compass)
  • Kate Gould, energy efficiency and cost control management, CaterOps
  • Rob Kennedy, executive chef, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Compass)
  • Thomas Leatherbarrow, head pastry chef, Pastry Development Ltd
  • Iain Munro, managing director, ScoMac Catering Equipment
  • Neil Phillips, coffee and water consultant, The Wine Tipster
  • Jack Sharkey, chair of Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA)
  • Mark Tilling, resident tutor, Squires Cookery School
  • Laurence Tottingham, development chef, Oliver Kay Produce
  • Damian Wawrzyniak, chef consultant, Fine Art of Dining
  • Sue Yeates, pastry chef lecturer, Westminster Kingsway College

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