A sustainability award up for grabs for South West food and beverage companies

South West Food and drink companies that have put sustainability at the heart of their work are invited to take part in this year’s Taste of the West Awards.

The annual awards, which celebrate the region’s food and beverage sector, include a category recognizing food and beverage companies that are leading the way in sustainability.

The award is sponsored by NatWest, which is also a major partner of Taste of the West, an organization that represents over 1,000 food and beverage companies.

John Sheaves, CEO of Taste of the West, said: “The Taste of the West Awards program has been promoting and supporting the South West food and beverage industry for 30 years.

“It has become the most prestigious food and beverage awards program in the South West and our sustainability category is designed to celebrate companies in the food and beverage industry who are pioneers and leaders in certain aspects of sustainability.

Entries are made online with judges looking for evidence of any or all of the following:

• Innovative and ethical product or range.

• Ethical Sourcing.

• Development of sustainable packaging.

• More sustainable production methods.

• Carbon management.

• Water Management.

• Reduction of fossil energy.

• Pioneering wildlife management designed to increase our natural capital.

Previous winners, Barnaby’s Brewhouse in Staverton, Devon, took their recognition by the judges as inspiration to invest more in the company on sustainability.

Owner Barnaby Harris said: “Barnaby’s Brewhouse was established with the philosophy of ‘sustainability through innovation’ and was absolutely delighted to have its environmental efforts recognized as winners of the Taste of the West’s South West Sustainability Award in 2019.

“The judges assessed both what we had done to date and what our plans were for the future. It really inspired us to invest more in improving our processes, reducing energy consumption and by minimizing waste both in manufacturing and in the supply chain.

“Since then, we have worked with Impact Labs on two Technology projects – Recovery of CO2 from fermentation and balanced energy management in the production process. This led us to be invited to COP26 as one of the 5 finalist micro-enterprises in the government competition Heroes of Net Zero.

Craig Cabot, of the NatWest South West Board, said: “As the biggest supporter of UK business, we know how important the food and drink sector is to the South West economy. West and how hard the companies working there work.

“Part of the main objective is to fight climate change by helping our clients to do the same. Our specialist relationships in the sector therefore work with companies in the sector to help them become more sustainable and, in doing so “, we’re also helping them grow financially. We’re thrilled to support an award that recognizes pioneers in the South West who are leading the way in this important field.”

Find out more about the judging criteria and to enter your company visit: https://www.tasteofthewest.co.uk/environmental-sustainability-award

The deadline for all entries is March 25, 2022.