Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Free Range Egg Awards, with the aim being to identify retailers, food businesses, farmers and marketing initiatives that have made a “tangible difference” to the industry in the past year.
Organised by the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA), and sponsored by Elanco, the awards cover six industry categories and will be announced during the association’s AGM in November.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of those who are supporting, growing and promoting the free range egg market,” said BFREPA chairman and Shropshire producer, Myles Thomas.
“We’re looking for people with passion and commitment to free range eggs. Individuals within the egg industry, consumers, restaurant owners, bakers and greengrocers can all be considered for an award.”
Marks & Spencer took last year’s retailer prize for re-launching its free range, organic and specialty egg range. The producer awards were won by County Durham’s Phil Twizell, for developing an online egg sales channel, and Lincolnshire’s Clive and Liz Patrick for demonstrating what the judges called “an obsessive attention to detail in hen management”.
This year’s six categories are:
- Retailer of the Year
- Food Business of the Year
- Marketing Initiative of the Year
- Breakthrough of the Year
- Producer of the Year (larger scale)
- Producer of the Year (smaller scale)
There is also a special lifetime achievement award.
The winners will be announced at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on November 23.