Export awards up for grabs

Meat exporters are being given the chance to gain some recognition for their overseas work with the launch of the Food from Britain (FFB) Export Awards 2008.

The awards, which take place at the Landmark London Hotel on 10 December, recognise outstanding achievements by UK food and drink organisations in developing their export operations.

With exports from the UK booming, according to latest figures from FFB, competition for the awards looks set to be intense.

Six separate categories will feature this year - Food Exporter of the Year (split into two categories: large and SME), Drink Exporter of the Year, New Exporter of the Year (sponsored by UK Trade & Investment), Innovation in Export (sponsored by IFE 09), and the Exhibitor of the Year award (sponsored by Primo Group) - with each winner competing to be crowned overall Food and Drink Exporter of the Year 2008.

"The 2008 export awards will be as competitive as ever," said John Adams, FFB chief executive. "While prospects in domestic markets may be uncertain, many UK food and drink companies are tapping into the potential that exporting can offer. Their success is reflected in the recently announced export figures for 2007 and the signs are that growth is continuing in 2008. We are encouraging as many of these organisations as possible to enter the export awards, so they can be recognised for these outstanding efforts."

FFB's Network Forum will also be taking place alongside this year's awards ceremony. Designed to benefit both experienced and would-be exporters, the event will offer networking opportunities and a forum to discuss the food and drink industry, that are second-to-none. A keynote presentation by the soon-to-be-announced International Retailer of the Year will be complemented by the option to arrange one-to-one meetings with FFB's consultants, who, between them, have experience in 34 markets worldwide.

To enter the awards, visit the Food from Britain website, www.foodfrombritain.com and follow the links to the awards home page.

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