Have you recently started your role in the food and drink industry? Or have you got an exceptional colleague deserving the limelight in their field?

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.

This category is proudly sponsored by:


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 $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that in the UK includes Walkers, Pepsi MAX, Doritos and Quaker. 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 PepsiCo Positive (pep+). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability at the centre 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.


Have you considered...

...entering for other awards? 

You can enter several categories, and nominate multiple projects and colleagues within the same category too, as long as they are distinct.


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Submit your entry

The entry deadline has been extended to 11.59pm Wednesday 20 April for these categories only:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Emerging Business
  • Manufacturing Initiative
  • Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year

Entry has now closed for all other categories. Keep an eye out for the shortlist announcement in Summer! 

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Previous winners

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Case Study

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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Case Study

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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