Technical and scientific developments help to give our industry its competitive edge and we are fortunate to have many talented technologists / scientists working within our sector. This award will recognise someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the food and drink sector.

Nominees must:

  • Be currently employed within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector
  • Have contributed to product development over a sustained period or be a promising new entrant to the industry who has led at least one significant project
  • Be a positive role model/ambassador within the company and externally
  • Go 'above and beyond' as an exceptional employee in both their work and behaviours

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Previous winners

FDF Awards: Food and Drink Technologist / Scientist of the Year 2021 - Stella Cochrane - Unilever UK & Ireland

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Food and Drink Technologist / Scientist of the Year 2021 - Stella Cochrane - Unilever UK & Ireland

Dr Stella Cochrane is a Science Leader in Allergy and Immunology in Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC).

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Food and Drink Technologist / Scientist of the Year 2021 - Mark Auty, RSSL

Mark Auty is a pioneer food microstructure scientist and a leader in his field, with an international reputation for food structure research.

Agrico UK Ltd

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Food and Drink Scientist of the Year 2020

Dr Steven Muir is working on a project with Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) to ascertain the genetic value of parent plants that will ultimately be selected for crossings, regarding desirable phenotypic traits.

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Food and Drink Scientist of the Year 2019

David Clark, KP Snacks is a Development Manager who has worked for KP Snacks since 1987. He plays a key lead role in new product and process development work in our business.

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Food and Drink Scientist of the Year 2018

Simon Flanagan, Research Principal, RSSL

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