Meet Our Sponsors and Partners
Who are our Sponsors and Partners?
Our sponsors and partners are vital to the ongoing success of the Awards. They allow us to collectively recognise that food and drink producers are not the only players in the industry but a whole host of other services play key and increasingly important roles – such as the allergen testing labs, ingredients suppliers, distribution companies, B2C webshops and many many others.
Each year we are proud to welcome organisations that have been with us from the very beginning, as well as new companies, eager to get involved in the free from world. Find out more about becoming a sponsor or a partner.
We choose our sponsors and partners with care – and they all have something to offer you whether you are a business or a consumer:
Asda Free From is our range of truly delicious food that‘s been lovingly made without allergens like gluten, milk, egg and soya, but packed full of flavour! That’s why Asda Free From is good enough to share with the whole family. All of our Asda Free From products are made in a controlled environment, so you can trust they’re safe for you to enjoy. With clear colour coding labelling on pack, its super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Some of the range has also been fortified with key vitamins and minerals so you don’t miss out, and keep an eye out for our Live Better icon on relevant Free From products too, so you can make a healthier choice when buying Free From.
Bread & Jam began in the autumn of 2016, as a festival for food & drink brands to network, learn from each other and scale up fast. Today, Bread & Jam is a vibrant community of the UK’s most exciting emerging food & drink brands and has become the first port of call for anyone looking to launch, grow or scale a fast growth food & drink brand.
Creative Nature Superfoods – Delicious Without Doubt
Creative Nature is one of the UK’s leading Allergy-Friendly brands, focused on cutting out all the 14 most common UK food allergens and manufactured in allergy-safe environments to avoid the need for ‘may contain’ warnings. With multiple industry-leading awards like The Grocer, Quality Food, Great Taste and of course Free From Food Awards, Creative Nature have proven that removing allergenic ingredients doesn’t remove the taste or enjoyment of a product. They are pushing the boundaries when it comes to allergy-safe flavours too with the invention of HazelNOT, a completely nut-safe chocolate/hazelnut flavour, allowing allergy-sufferers the chance to taste this incredible combination. Creative Nature’s products really are delicious without doubt.
Delamere Dairy began in 1985 in Cheshire’s beautiful Delamere Forest, with the purchase of three goats. Today, the company sells an award-winning range of goats’ products (cheeses, yogurts, butters, milks and powder), plain and flavoured cows’ milks, and a growing portfolio of milks for the pet industry. For much of this time, Delamere has supplied plant-based and dairy alternative ‘milks’ as own label brands for retailers across the UK. The knowledge and expertise it has built during this time is extensive. Celebrating 37 years in business, the company has an annual turnover in excess of £29M, with products sold throughout the UK and in over 20 markets around the world.
Delamere has supported the FFFAs since the very first awards in 2008. It was a much smaller affair then! The number of producers, sponsors and retailers involved now is testament to the hard work and dedication of the FFFA team and innovative producers which has led to the breadth of allergen-free options now available in mainstream outlets.
We offer a ‘pick and mix’ blend of creative curiosity and digital services. From hosting, designing, building and maintaining WordPress websites to curating user experiences that truly meet customer needs. We are able to offer a neurodiverse perspective in all our work – especially in our consultancy, training and brand & ideas development sessions. As Eazi-Apps associates we help you turn your brilliant ideas into apps that increase engagement with your customers from the palm of their hand.
The Food Entrepreneur Show returns to ExCeL, London on the 10th & 11th of October 2023 and will give you a guided tour of the industry. Exploring 6 sectors, the 2023 show is the one destination for all hospitality needs. Become an expert in driving ROI, source brand new products and services, and meet with the companies dominating the industry. A ticket will provide you with unrestricted access to the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo, the International Drink Expo, Street Food Live, Coffee Shop Innovation Expo, Restaurant & Bar Tech Live and the Responsible Packaging Expo.
Food Matters Live aims to inspire a better future for food by stimulating industry innovation, technology and people. We provide high quality information, learning and connections through live and digital events, podcasts, videos, written features and articles, masterclasses and trends panels, together with a suite of newsletters.
Food Matters Live continues to be an ever-growing community of people from all over the world. Professionals who are embarked on the same journey towards a future defined by sustainable food production, and optimum nutrition and health for everyone.
Free From Food Expo, a leading innovation international platform for the free from, organic, vegan, functional and healthy ingredient food industries, is a uniting force bringing together eminent international food manufacturers, distributors and local key decision makers in the retail, food services, catering, wholesale, and all other ‘Free From’ & Healthy Ingredient distribution channels. Free From Food events boast an impressive record of over 350 exhibitors & 9.000+ retail and food manufacturing professionals from more than 110 countries at their international editions: Dubai, Amsterdam and Bangkok.
Free From Living
Free From Living is the only mainstream magazine for people living with allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease. It’s compiled by a panel of experts and shares free from recipes, interviews, reviews, substitution ideas and more. Available at WH Smith, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, independent retailers and subscriptions are available at www.freefromliving.com
The International Drinks Expo – The UK’s only event dedicated to maximising your drinks sales
The International Drink Expo returns to ExCeL, London on the 10th & 11th of October 2023. Get exposed to countless opportunities to see your drinks business thrive with access to 200 exhibitors and their plethora of innovative products, ideas and strategies, 120 inspirational seminars, panel debates, innovation awards, networking opportunities and much more! This leading show is also running alongside 5 other industry-leading events, collectively forming the biggest business growth event dedicated to the world of food & drink.
IFE – International Food & Drink Event
For more than 40 years IFE has sat at the heart of the food and drink community, welcoming 30,000 retailers, wholesalers, and foodservice professionals to taste, test and source products from a global list of producers. Taking place annually in March at ExCeL London, IFE, the UK’s largest food and drink trade event, provides producers with the perfect opportunity to showcase their latest products to thousands of buyers who are all sourcing new and innovative products to enhance their businesses. Returning for 2024 is the Free From Pavilion which is situated within the Health & Wellbeing Section. This pavilion will ensure Free From suppliers stand out to relevant category buyers from across the food and drink sector. By exhibiting within the Free From Pavilion, companies will be able to meet face-to-face with new clients, engage with buyers with serious purchasing power, and create brand awareness for their Free From products. Please get in touch with Lucy Blake, Commercial Executive – IFE or call Lucy on +44(0)20 4532 5787 or email to discuss your options further. IFE will be co-located alongside IFE Manufacturing, HRC, Hotel Restaurant & Catering, The Pub Show and the London Produce Show to establish one of the world’s largest events for food, drink, and hospitality professionals.
Nairn’s – Delicious oats, endless possibilities
Nairn’s have been baking in Scotland with pride and imagination since 1896 and believe the simple natural goodness of oats is for everyone to enjoy. We lovingly bring together the finest quality gluten free oats with real, natural ingredients and over a century of expertise. Whether it’s a quick snack or something more substantial, our deliciously simple range has something for the whole family – they taste so good you’d never know they were gluten free.
Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse launched The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation following the death of their 15 year old daughter from a food allergy in 2016. The foundation is dedicated to funding medical research; it aims to identify the underlying causes of why increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with food allergies and also to researching new and viable treatments to improve the lives of those who are diagnosed. It’s focus is also to highlight and lobby for necessary law and/or policy changes that are necessary in order to protect the allergic population and to raise allergy education and awareness across society. Natasha’s Law is now a fully enforceable UK law and a testament to her parents’ hard campaigning; it is the closure of a food-law loophole that was directly endangering allergic people’s lives. The foundation’s mission is to protect and highlight the needs of our food allergic population and to offer hope to the 2 million plus people living in the UK with a diagnosed food allergy.
Nordic Organic Food Fair – The essential trade event for organic & sustainable products
Eco Living Scandinavia and the Nordic Organic Food Fair are essential trade events for organic and sustainable products, located in Malmö, Sweden. The co-located shows bring together 500 exhibiting companies, with thousands of buyers, retailers, and distributors, all of whom have one common goal: making the planet a better place to live. Find your company’s next best-selling products, from eco-living, organic food & drink, natural health & beauty, and plant-based alternatives.
Nutfreeliving Marketplace was born out of the desire to provide an inclusive shopping experience for those living with Nut & Peanut Allergy. Angela Waters who owns the business has lived with nut allergy in her family for 9 years following the diagnosis of a nut & peanut allergy for the eldest of her three daughters. Angela explained how she found it incredibly frustrating that nut & peanut free was not included in ‘ free from’ food and how frustrating it was trying to find products free from the dreaded May Contain Nut warnings. With Nutfreeliving Marketplace she realised her dream to open a Nut free shop and is regularly sourcing confirmed nut and peanut free products and growing the online business with new premises in January 2022.
The Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo – Europe’s leading event for takeaway and restaurant owners looking to boost their profits
Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo returns to ExCeL, London on the 10th & 11th of October 2023! The event will give 15,000 industry-defining leaders access to exhibitors and their plethora of innovative products, ideas and strategies, inspirational seminars, panel debates, innovation awards, networking opportunities and much more! Europe’s leading event for takeaway and restaurant owners looking to boost their profits is also running alongside 5 other industry-leading events, collectively forming the biggest business growth event dedicated to the world of food & drink.
Oakland’s reputation is built on delivering the best customer focused, reliable, and flexible multi temperature storage and logistics service, designed to help suppliers and manufacturers cope with peak seasonal demands, taking the pressure well and truly out of the whole supply chain process. Sustainability is at the core of our business offering Innovative sustainable supply chain solutions. Oakland customers know they are in good hands, choosing our business time, and time again, as their preferred supply chain and logistics partner. Our depots are strategically located within the UK and Ireland, Redditch, Corby, Bardon in UK, Dublin in Ireland. We offer a range of value-added services encompassing Contract Packing, Food tempering, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Distress Load Management, food and drink brand development support via Acorns Trade Partnership and Border and Customs support through Eori at Folkestone and Worksop.
Romer Labs – Making the World’s Food Safer.
Romer Labs is a leading global supplier of diagnostic solutions for food and feed safety. They offer a broad range of innovative testing solutions and services covering mycotoxins, food pathogens, food allergens, gluten, GMO, veterinary drug residues, and other food contaminants.
Speciality & Fine Food Fair – The UK’s leading showcase of artisanal food and drink
SFFF is the home of fine food & drink discovery for buyers from across the retail, hospitality, foodservice, manufacturing, import & export, and wholesale sectors. Whether you’re looking for product inspiration for your business, or you’d like to learn the latest trends and insights from top industry experts, you’ll uncover the ideas you’re searching for at the Fair!
Sustainable Kitchen Consultants
Sustainability Business Consultants for Hospitality: Sustainability and Nutrition trained Chefs and supply chain experts, with 40+ years combined Hospitality experience, and strong Sustainability credentials. Sustainability solutions for your entire operations from Back of House to Front of House to Customers.
Tesco – Freedom to enjoy the foods you love
Tesco want everyone to enjoy the foods they love. That’s why Tesco’s Free From range champions delicious and inspiring foods across a wide range of products to help take the stress out of shopping and preparing so you can enjoy the food not the faff. Their chefs and experts are continually listening to you and innovating to create high-quality award-winning food that is packed with taste. They are passionate about Free From which is why they are delighted to sponsor Start Up of the Year to help other businesses develop Free From products.
Fresh food using nutritious, local and seasonal produce is the cornerstone of Thomas Franks Catering. As one of the leading independent caterers for both the Education and Corporate sectors we are all too aware of the importance in providing food that meets the needs for all dietary requirements including food allergies.
At Thomas Franks we believe in providing nutritious, seasonal food, using fresh, local ingredients and cooking from scratch. Our food is consistently exceptional, but Thomas Franks is about more than just food: it is about people and community. Good food is life-changing and life-enhancing, it brings people together, it supports local farmers and suppliers. Eating quality food in a well-designed environment has a lasting impact on physical health, nutrition, mental wellbeing and our sense of community or family.
Unismack has been a producer of great tasting, healthier snacks for over 15 years – all of our products are made with carefully selected, better-for-you ingredients which are perfect for our ever-changing and health-conscious world. We have a dedicated gluten, nut and egg free factory, which offers a wide range of baked snacks to meet all snacking needs. Using ingredients such as lentils, chick peas, cheese and wholegrain rice – we offer a wide range of crackers, chips, crisps and bakes that can have the benefit of offering higher levels of protein, calcium or fibre to suit any dietary requirement. We truly understand that all snack products also need to be really tasty to succeed and that’s why tasty innovation and products are at our core. The strength of our team, controls and food technology experience provides NPD and production excellence, that allows us to maintain and grow long-term customer partnerships across the globe.
What Allergy is written by Ruth Holroyd who is allergic to many things, including nuts, dairy, soya, wheat, latex, nickel, dust and pollen. Ruth has been blogging now for many years, since she first created What Allergy back in April 2009. Since then her blog was voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs and in the Top 10 UK Health Blogs by Vuelio and regularly gets between 20-30,000 unique visits a month with some blog posts getting hundreds of comments each. She won the Free From Hero Award in 2021 and the blog regularly wins awards. Author of ‘Anaphylaxis: The Essential Guide: An Action Plan For Living With Life-Threatening Allergies and The Shape of Skin, poems for eczema, Ruth is passionate about raising awareness of allergies, anaphylaxis, eczema, topical steroid withdrawal and asthma; all life limiting conditions. She wants to help others feel less lonely, normalise people’s views and perceptions and promote positive living. Ruth has been in TV, speaks regularly on the radio and has also cmapaigned at the Houses of Parliament to help raise awareness about allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, topical steroid withdrawal and eczema.
Yumbles is a curated online marketplace exclusively featuring the very best artisan and independent food & drink producers in the UK. They provide a thriving and growing direct to consumer platform for producers getting their brand and products in front of over 3 million consumers shopping on Yumbles every year. What’s more, they work uniquely with their hand-picked sellers to help them succeed providing extensive support, marketing, seller events and additional.