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September 30, 2021updated 01 Dec 2021 1:14pm

Excellence Awards – Shortlists Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2021 Excellence Awards. Look out for the announcement of the winners in November along with our full Awards report.

By Sam Duke

The shortlist categories are divided into FOUR groups:

Excellence Categories – These categories look at achievements in our core areas of excellence and include everything from Covid-19 Response to Social Impact.

Sector Excellence – These categories look at achievements within market sub-sectors and can include everything from notable business expansion through innovation to diversity and environmental initiatives.

Firms of the Year – These categories look at achievements by specific types of companies and include everything from new market entrants to finance and legal firms.

Deals of the Year – The most notable finance and M&A deals from the research period.

 

*Please note that we also have awards for individuals, the winners of which will be announced in our Awards Report alongside the other category winners

Excellence Categories

COVID-19 RESPONSE

  • General Mills
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Mademoiselle Desserts Group
  • Mars
  • McCain Foods
  • Nestle
  • Ornua Foods
  • Parmalat

DIVERSITY

  • A dozen cousins, Beanfields, Mason Dixie Foods
  • AddВ Psalt
  • Mondelez International
  • PepsiCo
  • Pladis
  • Unilever

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • Air Protein
  • Amazon
  • Chipotle
  • Danone
  • Fonterra, DairyNZ and Nestlé
  • Mondelez International
  • Nestle
  • PepsiCo
  • Smithfield Foods
  • Tyson Foods
  • Unilever
  • Upfield

INNOVATION

  • Aleph Farms
  • Fonterra, DairyNZ, Nestlé
  • Heck, Vertical Future
  • KFC
  • Mars
  • MeliBio
  • Mouth Off
  • Natural Machines
  • Nourished
  • Plant Heads
  • Unilever

PRODUCT LAUNCH

  • Eat Just
  • Fazer Group
  • Mars
  • Meadow Foods
  • Muller
  • Nature’s Fynd
  • Nestle
  • New Wave Foods
  • Perkier Foods
  • Plant Heads
  • Pulmuone
  • Premier Foods
  • Squeaky Bean

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Air Protein
  • Aleph Farms, Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Annika Biosciences
  • Berry Gardens
  • Big Idea Ventures, Ashika Group
  • Calidad Pascual
  • Else Nutrition
  • Fonterra, DairyNZ and Nestlé
  • FoodID
  • Imagindairy
  • Mars
  • Mondelez International
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Nestle
  • Pairwise
  • Rothamsted Research, University of Bristol
  • Scandi Standard
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design

SAFETY

  • Diversey
  • SOS Hygiene Technologies
  • Tyson Foods

SOCIAL IMPACT

  • AddВ Psalt
  • Aldi, The Co-op, Iceland, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, Deliveroo, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz
  • Amazon
  • Cargill
  • Danone
  • Dole Asia Holdings
  • Food Teachers Centre Community
  • JBS
  • Jelly Drops
  • McCain Foods
  • Mission Ventures, Nombots, Lexi’s Treats, Rootles

Sector Excellence

BABY FOOD

  • Danone
  • Else Nutrition
  • Hero Group, Angelini Holding
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Mead Johnson
  • Nestle
  • Piccolo
  • Tiny Organics

BAKERY & CEREALS

  • AddВ Psalt
  • Dr. Oetker
  • General Mills
  • Grupo Bimbo
  • Kellogg’s
  • Lotus Bakeries
  • Mondelez
  • Nestle
  • Pladis
  • ReGrained
  • Schwan’s

CANNED, DRIED & FROZEN

  • Mars, Unilever
  • McCain Foods
  • Nomad Foods
  • The Live Green Co.
  • Tyson Foods
  • Unilever

CONDIMENTS, DRESSINGS, SAUCES & SPREADS

  • Kevin’s Natural Foods
  • McCormick & Co.
  • Post Holdings
  • Rubies in the Rubble

CONFECTIONERY

  • Darrell Lea
  • Ferrero
  • Freedom Confectionery
  • Grummies
  • Hershey
  • Mars
  • Mondelez International

DAIRY

  • Arla Foods
  • Danone
  • Fair Trade USA, Chobani
  • Firmenich, Novozymes
  • Fonterra
  • FrieslandCampina
  • Lactalis, Kraft Heinz
  • Morinaga Milk Industry Co
  • Synlait Milk
  • Yili

FRESH PRODUCE

  • AppHarvest
  • Berry Gardens
  • Crate to Plate, Vertical Future
  • Danone, Hungry Harvest
  • Dole Asia Holdings
  • Greencore
  • Misfits Market
  • Nestle

MEAT

  • Aleph Farms
  • BRF
  • Cargill
  • Conagra Brands
  • Cranswick, Moy Park
  • Eat Just, foodpanda
  • Future Meat Technologies
  • Hormel Health Labs
  • JBS
  • Marfrig
  • Minerva
  • The UK Cattle Sustainability Platform
  • Tyson Foods

PRIVATE LABEL

  • Beyond Meat, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell
  • Cranswick
  • Hilton Food Group
  • Kroger
  • TruFood Manufacturing
  • Unilever, Burger King

SEAFOOD

  • BlueNalu
  • Morrisons
  • Premium Brands Holdings, Mi’Kmaq First Nations Coalition
  • Thai Union
  • The Bumble Bee Seafood Company
  • Wildtype

SNACKS

  • Ferrero
  • Jelly Drops
  • Kellogg
  • Mission Ventures, Nombots, Lexi’s Treats, Rootles
  • Mondelez International
  • Post Holdings, EverGrain
  • Squirrel Sisters

SPORTS NUTRITION

  • Arla Foods Ingredients
  • Glanbia
  • GoodSport
  • Nestlé Health Science
  • Post Holding
  • Science in Sport
  • Westomatic

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN – DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

  • Calidad Pascual
  • Danone
  • Higgidy
  • Meadow Foods
  • Nestle
  • NotCo
  • Oatly
  • The Urgent Company
  • Upfield

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN – MEAT ALTERNATIVES

  • Aleph Farms
  • Beyond Meat
  • Big Idea Ventures, Ashika Group
  • Century Pacific Food
  • Firmenich, Microsoft
  • Heura
  • Mission Barns
  • Novameat
  • Redefine Meat
  • Sophie’s Bionutrients
  • The Livekindly Co.

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN – SEAFOOD ALTERNATIVES

  • Good Catch
  • Hooked
  • Nestlé
  • New Wave Foods
  • Schouten

 

Firm of the Year

DISRUPTOR

  • Aleph Farms
  • Cocuus
  • FoodID
  • Future Meat Technologies
  • Milk Moovement
  • Mouth Off
  • Redefine Meat
  • Sayurbox

FINANCE

  • Bank of America
  • Citigroup
  • Credit Suisse Group
  • Evercore
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Rothschild & Co
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • The Goldman Sachs Group
  • UBS Group

LEGAL

  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Dentons
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Slaughter and May
  • Sullivan & Cromwell

NEWCOMER

  • Agwa
  • Ballurh
  • Born Simple
  • Nutrilees
  • Remilk
  • Tattooed Chef Inc.
  • VFC Food

PRIVATE EQUITY/VC

  • Apollo Global Management
  • Bain Capital
  • GGV Capital
  • KKR & Co
  • PAI Partners
  • The Carlyle Group
  • The Riverside Company
  • TPG Capital
  • Vestar Capital Partners
  • Warburg Pincus

SME

  • Caulipower
  • Comvita
  • EnWave
  • Finnebrogue
  • Good Good
  • Mash Direct
  • Piccolo
  • Rubies in the Rubble
  • Strong Roots
  • This

Deal of the Year

FINANCE

  • Amaggi
  • Beyond Meat
  • China Mengniu Dairy
  • Conagra Brands
  • Eat Just
  • Guoquan Shihui (Zhengzhou Panhua Food)
  • Kellogg’s
  • Monde Nissin
  • Oatly
  • Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Post Holdings
  • The Livekindly Collective
  • Yihai Kerry

M&A (Impact)

  • Bain Capital buys Valeo Foods
  • Collier Creek and Utz Quality Foods merge
  • Dole Food Co. and Total Produce merge
  • Freshways and Medina Dairy combine
  • Lactalis buys Kraft Heinz’s natural cheese business
  • Hormel Foods acquires Planters
  • Inspire Brands acquires Dunkin’
  • Mars acquires Kind North America
  • Mondelez International buys Chipita
  • Nestlé acquires The Bountiful Company
  • Pilgrim’s Pride acquires Kerry Group’s meats and meals business

M&A (Innovation)

  • Awakened Foods (Snacks, Bubba’s Fine Foods) merge
  • Barilla acquires stake in Pasta Evangelists
  • JBS acquires Vivera
  • Kalera acquires Vindara
  • KDV acquires Hak
  • LIVEINDLY Collective acquires The Dutch Weed Burger
  • Mondelez International buys Grenade
  • Nestlé acquires Aimmune Therapeutics
  • Newlat acquires Symington’s
  • Sonae acquires Gosh Food
  • Unilever buys Onnit

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