Director General FoodDrinkEurope
Director for Chemicals, Health, Retail and Agrifood, DG GROW,
When it comes to eating and drinking, European citizens want sustainable, high-quality produce for a good price. 99% of operators in this ecosystem are SME’s which are therefore the backbone of this ecosystem and hold the key to ensure the competitiveness of the industry. New and innovative solutions by European entrepreneurs are critical for the transition to more sustainability.
MEP, Slovakia (EPP)
Reflecting current economic and environmental challenges, European food and drink SMEs are transforming to a resilient industry delivering more sustainable products to customers, while maintaining the taste and tradition that we all enjoy. We want to celebrate the innovative SMEs and start-ups working to make our food more sustainable and fit for healthier lifestyles.
CEO, Thought for Food
The role of start-ups and next-generation innovators in food systems transformation is essential. Why? Because today's purpose-driven and impact-focused entrepreneurs apply attitudes like openness and collaboration to create innovations underpinned by open & circular business models that enable true sustainability. They are the green shoots that push things forward.
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. Entrants must represent an SME based in a member state of the European Union. An SME is defined as follows:
– Employing no more than 250 people
– Generating a turnover of no more than €50m or a balance sheet total of €43m
For the Next-Gen Innovator award, entrants must be 40 or under with a start-up based in the European Union.
We want you to look at The Foodies as an opportunity to bring some additional joy to your 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 local food banks.
And what’s more, FoodDrinkEurope is delighted to announce an upcoming series produced for them by BBC StoryWorks, the award-winning commercial studio of BBC Global News, to talk about sustainable food systems. All entrants to The Foodies 2022 will have a chance at telling their story on the forthcoming sustainable food series.
A FoodDrinkEurope staff panel* will select a long list of up to 5 finalists in each award category from the initial submissions. These stage 1 winners will be asked to send a detailed submission as outlined below.
*A Thought For Food member will be on the panel for the Next-Gen Innovator award.
A ‘final’ independent judging panel will select the winners in 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.
The stage 2 judging panel will judge the detailed submissions based on 6 criteria. Each will be scored 1-3, with a final mark out of a maximum of 18.
An SME is a micro, small, or medium-sized enterprise (SME) which employs no more than 250 people and which has an annual turnover not exceeding €50m or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43m.
An 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.
The competition launched in February 2022. Entries are collected from February until 31 May 2022. The awards ceremony will take place in September 2022.
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 email@example.com