The food and drink SME
sustainability awards

The Foodies are a celebration of sustainability achievement among 290,000 small and medium-sized enterprises that make up 99% of Europe’s food and drink industry.

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THE CATEGORIES

We have three categories, find out which is right for you.

An SME committed to reducing its environmental impact. This could be by way of an innovation, idea, activity or charitable commitment. It could be something that has led to reduced carbon emissions, sustainable sourcing, improved packaging or indeed any other commitment to a greener planet.


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An SME committed to helping people and communities towards healthier living. This could be an innovation, idea, activity or charitable commitment. It could be a community initiative, a new product, a reformulated product or indeed anything connected to healthier living.


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For a young person or team with a start-up innovating in the food and agriculture space with an aim to create more resilient, sustainable, and safe food systems. This is sponsored by, and run in collaboration with Thought For Food, food and agriculture’s entrepreneurial innovation engine for impact.


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TIMELINE

FAQ

Who can enter?

In the hat to win are the 290,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that make up 99% of the food and drink manufacturing industry in Europe.

For the Next-Gen Innovator award, entrants must be 40 or under with a startup based in the EU.

Why should your organisation enter to win?

After a hard 2020 we want you to look at The Foodies as an opportunity to bring some joy back to work, to provide a morale boost to your team and to tell your sustainability story to a wide audience. You can count on plenty of exposure across FoodDrinkEurope’s online channels, an easy entry process AND every entry will automatically generate a donation from FoodDrinkEurope to the European FoodBanks Federation.

How do you enter?

Applicants can enter by completing the form on this site to indicate their activity in no more than 280 characters.

Alternatively, applicants can simply send one tweet to @FoodDrinkEU, using #TheFoodies, outlining and/or linking to their activity. Applicants to the Next-Gen Innovator award should also include @thoughtforfood in their tweet. Applicants are welcome to incorporate a short video entry (1 min. max) into the tweet.

What does the judging process look like and who is on the jury?

Stage 1

  • A FoodDrinkEurope staff panel* will select a long list of up to 15 winners in each award category from the short tweet/email submissions. These stage 1 winners will be asked to send a more detailed submission as outlined beloww.
  • *Two Thought For Food members will be on the panel for the Next-Gen Innovator award.

Stage 2

  • Based on the detailed submission, a ‘stage 2’ judging panel (made up of 2x FoodDrinkEurope Directors and 2x third party technical experts*) will select a short list of up to five stage 2 winners in each category.
  • *Two Thought For Food members will be on the panel for the Next-Gen Innovator award.

Stage 3

  • A ‘finals’ independent judging panel (which will include an MEP, Commission official, NGO, journalist and FoodDrinkEurope DG) will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners for each category, based on the selection criteria below.
  • *Thought For Food CEO Christine Gould will be on the panel for the Next-Gen Innovator award.

 

What are the judging criteria?

The stage 2 and stage 3 judging panels will judge the detailed submissions based on 10 criteria. Each will be scored 0-10, with a final mark out of 100. You can view the scoring sheets for each award in the downloadable slide deck on this site.

How do we define an SME and impact start-up?

An SME is a micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) which employs fewer than 250 people and which has an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million.An impact start-up is an innovative new business, in the early stages of growth.

You fall into this category if you are a small nimble team that kickstarts change through innovative approaches and by disrupting the status quo. A start-up usually starts with an idea – big or small – and with the help of self or external funding you turn this idea into a small business ready to tackle big problems.

When will the winners be announced?

The competition will be launched in February 2021. Entries will be collected February-June 2021. The awards ceremony will take place in July or September 2021.

I have another question, where can I find an answer?

Please download the slide deck on this site for more details. If you still don’t find what you’re looking for reach out to awards@fooddrinkeurope.eu

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Looking for a bit more info? No problem. E-mail us at awards@fooddrinkeurope.eu