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Shortlists revealed for One to Watch and Achiever of the Year at Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards

Never has there been more need for an uplift for food and drink businesses during these tough economic months.

Revealing the finalists in the One to Watch and F&B Achiever of the Year categories of the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards is a significant reminder of the hard work, perseverance and achievements that local businesses are making across the county and beyond. 

F&B Achiever of the Year, sponsored by Howes Percival, has now been successfully shortlisted for this distinguished category. The F&B Achiever is designed to recognise a person who has made and/or continues to make a significant contribution to the sector. The Award may come early in a career, as recognition of original or creative ideas, or later, when someone has established a consistently outstanding record. 

Matthew Talbot, Partner at Howes Percival, said: “Howes Percival are delighted to be sponsoring the F&B Achiever of the Year category again for 2022/23. I was blown away by the high standard of the finalists this year. It’s wonderful to see such quality from across the county, from a range of businesses, all working hard to put Northamptonshire on the map!”

Finalists for F&B Achiever of the Year are:

Andrew Collins, Whittlebury Bakery

Suzy Keeping, KDR Events Ltd

Aldo Gallone, E. Gallone Ltd

Joe Buckley, Tollemache Arms 

The One to Watch category sponsored by Whitworth Bros Ltd, is aimed at food and drink manufacturers whose businesses are less than 5 years old and is designed to recognise their potential for major growth, their future significant impact on the market and thereby raising the profile of Northamptonshire at a regional or national level. 

Last year Yum Chop Foods were crowned joint Gold winners, and are now part of ‘Thrive with Sainsbury’s’ 2022 cohort programme, assisting them with a financial commitment to support their transition to supermarket shelves.  Abi and Michael, founders of Yum Chop said: “Being a Gold winner in this category has really helped us.  It demonstrated to us that we are on the right track and was a real affirmation of our product and our business ethos.  Congratulations to the finalists in this year’s competition – I hope they will use this to show just how amazing they are!” 

Finalists for One to Watch are:

Nakasero Foods

Nasty Vegan Ltd

Northampton Cheese Company

The Flavour Trailer

Jute Coffee Limited

The finalists now have until Wednesday 12th October to discover their fate when the winners and runners-up in all fifteen categories of this year’s competition will be announced at the WNFDA Dinner taking place at Royal & Derngate in Northampton.

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