CATEGORY  DESCRIPTION OF THE CATEGORY
 INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Food Industry Champion Award Awarded to individuals who have over the years impacted the food industry in a major and positive way as an investor or director or senior official in a Government institution or NGO/development organisation. This award is similar to a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Most Influential Food Industry Manager Award Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary performance and influence as a manager in the food manufacturing, retail and foodservice industry in Africa.
 NEW PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD CATEGORIES
Dairy Product of the Year The most outstanding new dairy product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Fresh, fermented, long life milk products; ice cream, cheese, creams, butter, ghee, dairy blends and dairy alternatives, liquid baby food.
Milling, Cereals & Pulses Product of the Year The most outstanding new milled product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Milled and extruded cereal products; packaged cereals and pulses products; pasta and noodles; dry baby food.
Bakery & Snack Product of the Year The most outstanding new bakery and snack product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Bread, cakes and other sweet baked goods; snacks and extruded snacks, nuts.
Alcoholic Beverage Product of the Year The most outstanding new alcoholic beverage product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Beer, wines, spirits, cider, mixes etc.
Soft Beverage Product of the Year The most outstanding new soft beverage product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Water, drinks, juices, cordials and related drinks
Hot Beverage Product of the Year The most outstanding new hot beverage product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Packaged tea, coffee, chocolate, herbal and alternative plant-based beverages.
Chilled & Fresh Product of the Year The most outstanding new meat, poultry and fish; fruits and vegetables product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health Meat, poultry and fish products; fruits and vegetables; ready meals.
Sugar & Confectionery Product of the Year The most outstanding new sugar and confectionery product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Packaged sugar and other sweetener products and confectionery products including gums, candies etc
Culinary & Condiments Product of the Year The most outstanding new culinary and condiments food product introduced in the last one year with a focus on packaging, application of ingredients, consumer focus, nutrition and health. Seasoning powders, fats and oils, packaged herbs, jams, marmalades, sauces, ketchups, salt, spices etc.
New Product with the Most Outstanding Package The new product with the most outstanding package, including the package’s sustainability credentials and consumer acceptance. Chosen from the entries from the above categories
New Product with the Most Innovative use of an Ingredient The most product that has utilized an innovative new ingredient in innovative ways that meet important attributes including nutrition, current trends and consumer focus. Chosen from the entries from the above categories
NEW PLANT OF THE YEAR AWARD CATEGORIES
Dairy Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield dairy factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Fresh, fermented, long life milk products; ice cream, cheese, creams, butter, ghee, dairy blends and dairy alternatives, liquid baby food.
Milling Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield milling, cereals and pulses factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Milled and extruded cereal products; packaged cereals and pulses products; pasta and noodles; dry baby food.
Alcoholic Beverage Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield alcoholic beverages factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Beer, wines, spirits, cider, mixes etc.
Soft Beverage Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield soft beverages factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Water, drinks, juices, cordials and related drinks
Hot Beverage Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield hot beverages factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Packaged tea, coffee, chocolate, herbal and alternative plant-based beverages.
Chilled & Fresh Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield meat, fruits and vegetables factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Meat, poultry and fish products; fruits and vegetables; ready meals.
Bakery & Snack Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield bakery or snack factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Bread, cakes and other sweet baked goods; snacks and extruded snacks, nuts.
Sugar & Confectionery Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield sugar or confectionery factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Packaged sugar and other sweetener products and confectionery products including gums, candies etc
Culinary & Condiments Plant of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield culinary and condiments factory or plant extension that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the community in which it has been built. Seasoning powders, fats and oils, packaged herbs, jams, marmalades, sauces, ketchups, salt, spices etc
INITIATIVES OF THE YEAR AWARD CATEGORIES
Sustainability Initiative of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding sustainability (water, waste, energy) project by a food company that has delivered unique benefits on the company’s operational efficiency, environment and community in which the company operates.
Training Initiative of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding training and capacity building initiative by a food company that has delivered unique benefits on the company’s operations and human resource capability.
SUPPLIER INNOVATIONS/PROJECTS OF THE YEAR AWARD CATEGORIES
Supplier Project of the Year Awarded to the most outstanding greenfield or brownfield factory or plant extension by a supplier to the food industry that stands out for its application of new technologies, efficiency, sustainability (water, waste, energy) and safety credentials; plus impact on the food industry in the region.