The Baking Industry Awards 2021!
Entries are now closed
We would like to say a big thank you to all those who have entered the Baking Industry Awards.
We have received a great field of entries across all 14 categories. Now the judges begin their important role in carefully assessing every entry. After which, they will select the finalist, which will be revealed soon!
We wish all entrants the very best of luck! If you are interested in entering next year’s awards, then register your interest here
Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry
Open for nominations until Wednesday 16 June 2021
This category gives British Baker readers the chance to recognise an outstanding individual – one who has made, or is still making, a special contribution to the bakery sector. We want you to nominate someone who has gone beyond the boundaries of their paid salary or ownership, encouraged or supported others within the bakery sector and sometimes outside it too.
This category is open to UK-based bakery suppliers that have significantly grown their business outside the UK in the past 12 months. Judges will be looking for entrants who can demonstrate sustained success overseas and explain how they intend to grow their exports business further. Factors to be considered by judges will include the entrant’s sales and marketing operations, the geographic spread of their export business and notable successes overseas
This category is open to businesses with a standalone factory with an automated production line. Judges will be looking for businesses that are ambitious, growing and striving to be the best in their sector. Whether they supply breads, pies, pizzas, pastries, ethnic baked products, biscuits, cakes or other baked goods, entrants must show they are driving growth and delivering quality products to high standards on a large scale. The business should also demonstrate that they care about service and investment in people and take a responsible attitude to the environment.
This category is open to operators – such as multiple retailers, food-to-go operators and bakeries – with a minimum estate of 10 sites that sell baked goods produced on-site, by a central production bakery or supplied part-baked or frozen.
Judges will be looking at the retail environment, the customer experience, how baked goods are merchandised and how the baked goods range has developed. Entrants will also be asked to demonstrate staff training principals, how product freshness is balanced with availability and bakery product innovation.
This category is open to craft bakery businesses, not an individual baker. Entries are welcome from all types of craft business, whether they operate a single retail shop, multiple high street outlets or a wholesale craft bakery. The business should produce artisan/ craft/ handmade/ hand finished and bespoke items for its customers. Judges will be looking for new products, customer awareness, local marketing initiatives/ promotions, safety, well-trained staff and for entrants to show why the business is sound, successful and progressive.
This category will look for companies that have demonstrated strong customer focus leading to improved customer relationships. Judges will be looking for companies that have committed to focusing on their customers, resulting in increased loyalty, improved consumer experience, growth in sales or other successes. Entrants may have spotted an opportunity, seen a gap in their product range, proposed a solution to save them time or money or gone ‘the extra mile’ to ensure they were successful. Businesses of all sizes will be considered for this award.
This category is open to bakery businesses of any size, including wholesale and retail operations, manufacturers as well as their suppliers. If you operate in the bakery sector and have a captivating story around sustainability to tell – that features impressive results – we want to hear from you.
There are many sustainability angles to explore including reduction of waste and carbon footprint, innovative new uses for by-products, changes in logistics to improve vehicle efficiency, the use of green electricity and more.
Judges will be looking at the goals of the initiative and the actions put in place to achieve them, including changes in operations, staff buy-in and training, how it was communicated to customers and partnerships that may have been created to achieve the end results. Entrants will be asked to provide measurable results to demonstrate this.
This category is open to professional bakeries supplying either their own business and/or running a wholesale business. The entrant’s product must be developed to meet a specific dietary requirement such as vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free or nut-free. Judges will especially look at ingredient selection used to overcome the challenge of removing ingredients typically found in these items. Original, creative, recipe formulation will be high on the agenda as well as great taste, texture, and visual appeal. Any free-from bakery product can be entered such as pies, pastries, artisan bakes, cakes and gluten-free breads. The entrant’s application must demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the end consumer, the category and a desire to advance it. Each entrant can submit up to three different products for this category but cannot submit that product into any other product categories. Products should be available for retail on the 21st October 2021.
This category is open to businesses of all sizes ranging from product suppliers to major retailers, wholesalers or foodservice, local bakeries or start-ups. Judges will be looking for innovative, marketable products that they have never seen before. Entries may be brand new, or a twist on the flavour or shape of an existing product and must be scalable in production and cost in order to potentially supply major retailers, wholesalers or foodservice. Each entrant can submit up to three different products for this category but cannot submit that product into any other product categories. Product should be available for retail on the 21st October 2021 and must been new to market from 1st May 2020 to 30th April 2021.
This category is open to businesses of all sizes ranging from product suppliers to major retailers, wholesalers or foodservice, local bakeries or start-ups. Judges will be looking for breads that are original, look and taste great, and have been a hit with consumers. Entries can include artisanal breads, continental breads, sourdough breads, seeded or fruited breads, breads with grains, ethnic breads, soda breads, tea breads or novel crusty breads. Bakers should also be able to demonstrate impressive business skills, such as using market research, excellent customer service and clever marketing. Each entrant can submit up to three different products for this category but cannot submit that product into any other product categories. Product should be available for retail on the 21st October 2021.
This category is open to the very best bakers in the UK and is a great opportunity for individuals to show how they are adapting to market trends. The award is aimed at professional bakers working in any size of bakery business. Judges look not just for practical skills and product innovation but also an understanding of the candidates’ baking ambitions and achievements. The individual must be baking hands on at least one day a week and involved in the development of new products. As part of this the baker must demonstrate how their actions impact positively on the business.
Entrants should expect a site visit.
This category is aimed at celebration cake registered businesses – focusing on independent cake creators. Judges will be looking for cake artistry, awareness of current trends, customer service, marketing initiatives, and for entrants to show why the business is successful and progressive. Shortlisted entrants will be tasked with creating a cake with a specific theme and including set criteria. This cake counts towards the total score given to the business.
This category is open to all ages, but is aimed at those in work, training or bakery college who can demonstrate their achievements over the past three years since entering college or the bakery industry. Entrants may be from a college, or craft, supermarket, plant, ingredient or equipment companies. Judges are looking for a person who will contribute to shaping the future of the baking industry. If you believe you, or someone you teach or employ, is that person, enter now.
This category is open to teams of all sizes and from any area of the baking industry, from craft bakers to large manufacturers, retailers and suppliers.
Judges will be looking for solid examples of teamwork that drive success, growth and efficiency for the business. They will be looking at how the team communicates to achieve common goals and how they work together to upskill individual members and the team as a whole.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Awards programme and are absolutely delighted at winning the Bakery Exporter of the year Award. This has given us all a big boost during a difficult time for everyone.
We were delighted to be an activation sponsor of this special event which celebrated the people, products and business of our industry.