Food awards launched

Liverpool Food People launches Sustainable Food Awards for Liverpool 

From junk food cafes to cheese outlets, awards system will celebrate great places to eat and buy sustainably sourced food across Liverpool City Region.

Liverpool Food People, a not-for-profit partnership that works to promote a sustainable food culture in Liverpool, has launched a new awards system to reward companies and individuals in the food industry for their efforts to support local communities, buy local, and reduce food waste. 

Food businesses are now being invited to apply for the award scheme to show customers that they are working hard to improve food sustainability to benefit people, place and planet. 

The Liverpool Sustainable Food Awards will celebrate great places to eat and buy sustainably sourced food across Liverpool City Region. The awards are part of a broader programme of work aiming to raise the profile of the Liverpool’s unique food outlets and promote the diverse food heritage within the city region’s hidden gems

Lucy Antal, Sustainable Food City Liverpool Coordinator said “There are a growing number of independent food businesses in Liverpool working hard to provide sustainable food for their customers. The Liverpool Food People Sustainable Food Award is here to recognise those efforts and provide another way to reward and promote what they do.”

The awards come in three levels – bronze, silver and gold and each level awarded shows the customer how many of the sustainable criteria businesses are delivering. The criteria considered in the grading of the awards - ranging from recycling, sourcing sustainable produce to working with the community and publicising activities, fall under six categories:

1. Managing waste, food surplus and recycling
2. Fairer Food
3. Sourcing local products
4. Working with communities
5. Healthy options
6. Communicating

As well as recognition, recipients of the awards will receive on-going promotion, support to increase sustainable food credentials and will be able to access networking opportunities with similar businesses, local producers and processors as well as support organisations. 

The awards are part of a broader Liverpool Food People project called Liverpool Scran, which has been funded by DEFRA’s Championing Food Tourism Grant Scheme.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “I am delighted Liverpool is recognising food businesses that are also championing sustainability. My ambition is for us to be the first generation to leave our environment better than we found it – and these awards will encourage more companies to help reach that goal. 

“In my role as Environment Secretary, I am championing British produce at home and abroad, and this funding will put tourism hot spots like Liverpool on the map and encourage more visitors to enjoy our much-loved food and drink.”

And to celebrate the launch of the awards, Liverpool Food People held a celebratory event at The Monro in Liverpool city centre, and announced the first recipients of the awards, including The Monro, East Avenue Bakehouse and Woolton-based specialist and artisan cheese purveyors Liverpool Cheese Company, who all achieved Gold Award status.

Vickie Anderson, owner of Liverpool Cheese Company said “We are delighted to win this award, we specialise in a product which has been around since prehistoric times and which eptiomises sustainability and local provenance so it makes sense to us to keep it local, keep it clean and keep it happening!

If you would like to apply for the Sustainable Food Awards for Liverpool, or know of any company or individual you think would deserve to be considered please contact us today:

liverpoolscran@gmail.com