Have you got an exceptional colleague who has recently started their role in the food and drink industry?

We're looking for the bright sparks of the food and drink industry with this award category.

Open to entrants within their first five years in the industry at any academic and training level, the Rising Star category is for the people with the potential to go far.

Nominations can be made by line managers or HR managers.

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PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $91 billion in net revenue in 2023, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay's, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with pep+ (PepsiCo Positive). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability and human capital at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com, and follow on X (Twitter), Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn @PepsiCo.

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Rising Star 2023

An outstanding talent in the business, Malcolm Biggar was appointed to the role of Project Manager at apetito in 2022, having originally joined the company on their graduate scheme.

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Rising Star 2022 - Declan Henderson, apetito

In the last year, Declan has driven innovation within category development to launch new trailblazing ranges, which have delivered growth and market leadership back to our business.

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Rising Star 2021 - Beulah Davies, Premier Foods

Since joining Premier Foods in 2017 on the Commercial Graduate Scheme, Beulah has had a meteoric rise at Premier Foods, impressing from day one with her drive, tenacity and commitment.

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Rising Star 2020

Oliver has had a meteoric rise at Premier Foods, demonstrating his passion and determination immediately.

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Rising Star 2019

Jessica Kelly joined Premier Foods on the organisation's commercial graduate programme and has quickly proven herself in several roles to progress within the company.

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