FoodTalk Awards crown 2018 winners

28/06/2018 - 11:47
FoodTalk Awards crowned its 2018 winners this week (25 June) - celebrating the “best creative minds in food and drink, from food and design to packaging and technology.”

With over 250 entries, judges awarded a number of gold and silver medals, praising each and every business for “sinking their heart, soul and creative energy into improving the industry through new product development.”

Founder and presenter Sue Nelson commented: “We had some of the best names in food and drink on our panel and we all agreed judging was tough: every entry was of a super-high standard and each one unique.

“We checked out innovative sustainable packaging, amazing technology and thoughtful artisan products. Obviously we had to taste a lot of incredible food and drink products, too!

“I’m proud of the innovators we have in our sector and these awards give them the recognition they deserve.”

This year’s winners are as below:

Food Gold Awards

  • Baked By Neelu – Signature chocolate brownies
  • Kinomi Nuts – Kinomi Nuts
  • Fifth Dimension Chocolates – Soy Caramel Sauce
  • Rubies in the Rubble – Banana ketchup
  • Morocco Gold – Single estate extra virgin olive oil

Food People’s Choice Champion:

  • Rubies in the Rubble – Banana ketchup

Drink Gold Awards

Yumcha – Moroccan mint ice tea

World of Zing – Bordeaux barrel aged negroni

Dalston’s – Cola

Longflint Drinks Co – Hibiscus, gin tonic

Double Dutch – Pomegranate and basil tonic water

Drink People’s Choice Champion:

Longflint Drinks Co – Hibiscus, gin tonic

Clean Eating Award

Gold Award: On The Menu – Real good ketchup

Silver Award: Moose Maple – Moose maple butter

Silver Award: Green Cola – Green Cola

Free-From Award

Gold Award: Bonnie Yau – Thai style satay sauce (vegan and peanut free)

Gold Award: Oast to Host – Pastry mix (gluten and wheat flour free)

Smart Packaging Award

Gold Award: Cornware – Biodegradable sushi tray

Silver Award: Wool Cool – Sustainable packaging

Silver Award: Snact – Plastic-free packaging

Smart Tech/Kitchen Award

Gold Award: Mr Lees – Noodle kiosk

Silver Award: Still on the Move – Mobile distillery

Presenters’ Award

Gold Award: Dunnet Bay Distillers – Holy grass vodka

Silver Award: The Vurger Co – 100% plant-based burgers

Silver Award: The Chocolate Smiths – Cheese and cracker chocolate

Silver Award: St Ewe – Boost the roost free range eggs

The Impossible to Categorise Award

Gold Award: Helen Roberts of Wandsworth Foodies – Supporting food businesses to launch and grow

Silver Award: Little Cook Box – Meal kits for kids

Silver Award: Petrow Quality Kernels – Nut and seed processing

Silver Award: Gerald McDonald & Co – Ingredient sourcing and blending

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