The Nourish Awards is a prestigious business award for the food & beverage sector. It is the UK’s leading health food awards known in the industry for having the toughest entry criteria and judging process. The awards are widely recognised within the industry including businesses of all sizes.

 

Who can enter

The awards are for packaged food, beverage and supplement brands that are typically sold in supermarkets, independent retail outlets or online.

Products should provide a healthy option and most categories require entries to have no gluten containing ingredients (with the exception of oats); some categories exclude dairy and all categories require entries to be either low or lower sugar or free from refined sugars and chemical sweeteners. Please check category specific entry criteria on the entry form or in the entry guide.

Growth

The awards launched in 2018 and has grown every year since, highlighting the need to recognise healthy and free-from brands and products. Over the past 4 years the awards have received hundreds of product entries including small businesses and start-ups, established businesses and leading supermarket brands. 

In 2021 over 100 businesses entered the awards with over 260 products.

Winning a Nourish Award is a great achievement for any business. Products are blind judged (in most categories) allowing the judges to enjoy each product without any bias regarding the brand, size of the business or packaging. Currently there are 20 categories in the awards. In addition, there are 3 Special Awards given to the Best Organic and Best Ethical products and the Innovation Award.

 

 How does the judging work

After tasting each product, our judges create a list of finalists out of hundreds of entries, based on individual product scores. From the finalists, they chose the winners (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

A unique food award

There are many awards out there today including a number of really great food awards. Our founder Diana has judged a number of them herself over the years however, she felt there should be an award dedicated for healthy products alone. As a coeliac herself, Diana struggled to find products that are not only gluten free but also very low in sugar and contain nourishing and natural ingredients; products that are higher in fibre and protein and contain less starch which most gluten free products tend to be guilty of.

That’s what sets the Nourish Awards apart – we are not only looking for outstanding quality, we are also looking for innovation, nourishment and sound nutrition from our entrants.

The Awards were founded by Diana Babics in 2018 – mum, foodie & entrepreneur. Diana is a coeliac and has been working in the free-from industry for a number of years as a marketer, influencer and free-from food expert. Her own journey with food, nutrition and through her work that she decided that a credible health food award was needed in order to recognise the new generation of amazing products we are seeing today as part of the “health revolution”. She is an experienced judge herself (Free From Food Awards, Free From Eating out Awards, Paleo Awards) speaker (London Allergy Show) and contributed many recipes over the years to various publications (Free From Heaven Magazine, Gluten Free heaven, The little rainbow book of recipes). Diana is passionate about healthy eating, nutrition and child nutrition; loves trying new foods and experiment with new ingredients. She lives in the Cotswolds and currently studying a Diploma course in Culinary Medicine.

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“People often ask me why I started the Nourish Awards. It was the result of my personal journey with food and also my work in the free-from & marketing industry. My aim was to find the best products, by working with the best judges to provide that all-important recognition great businesses and products deserve. It’s my mission to play my part in a small way and help businesses to succeed!”
– Diana Babics, Nourish Awards founder