2020 Nourish Awards

Entry Terms & Conditions


  1. The first stage of entry is via our electronic registration form: https://nourishawards.org/enter-the-2020-nourish-awards/
  2. The second stage of entry, the Product Information Form (PIF), is to be completed by entrants following the written confirmation of their registration. A PIF must be completed for each product entered. https://nourishawards.org/product-information-form
  3. It is the responsibility of all entrants to ensure that our email team@nourishawards.org is added to a safe senders list to avoid missing important information about the Nourish Awards
  4. It is the responsibility of all entrants to provide correct and accurate information regarding contact details, company and product names.
  5. A receipt will automatically be emailed to you upon payment, which will be followed by an invoice. If you did not receive this or require any changes to it, please email team@nourishawards.org
  6. We can accept entries from producers directly, marketing or PR companies that represent a brand or producer or distributors who represent overseas producers and businesses in the UK.
  7. All entries must be commercially available online or at retailers by 30th June 2020, except those in the “Coming Soon & International” category.
  8. International products heading for the UK market but not yet sold in this country may enter in the “Coming Soon & International” category.
  9. No fresh produce is eligible to enter such as fresh vegetables and fruit.
  10. No products can be accepted that require specialist equipment to taste such as pizza oven, dehydrator, coffee machine, BBQ etc. Permitted equipment are a conventional oven, microwave oven, blender, gas or electric hob and a kettle. Chilled and frozen items are permitted.
  11. All entries must be free from MSG, aspartame, GMO ingredients, trans fats and artificial colours and flavours. All entries must be free from wheat and gluten – except for the ‘Wild Card’ category. All entries must be free from dairy and milk except for the ‘Dairy with a difference’. ‘Paleo & Keto” and ‘Wild Card’ categories.
  12. All entries must be free from refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Refined sugar is permitted in some products and categories – please see individual category guidelines.
  13. Sugars and sweeteners that are permitted in all categories include: raw cane sugar, unrefined cane sugar, muscovado sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, dates, date sugar, date syrup, jaggery, dried fruit, fruit puree, evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar, coconut syrup, pomegranate molasses, monk fruit, lucuma, brown rice syrup, yacon syrup, agave syrup, xylitol, stevia, erythritol, sorbitol, maltitol, and mannitol.
  14. Sugars and sweeteners that are not permitted: refined sugar (small amounts permitted in exempt categories), sucralose, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, Acesulfame-potassium any other refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.
  15. If the sweetener or sugar you are using is not on any of the lists please do get in touch on team@nourishawards.org
  16. The 2020 Nourish Awards will close for entry on the 31st March 2020.
  17. All Product Information Forms will be emailed to the entrant following the initial registration. They may be different forms for different categories.
  18. All Product Information Forms must be returned to us by 10th April 2020
  19. Each product can be entered into a maximum of 3 categories.
  20. Nourish Award organisers reserve the right to move products into a different category if the category selected by the entrant is incorrect and does not fulfil the entry criteria for that category.
  21. Any product that does not fulfil the entry criteria and includes gluten, wheat dairy or refined sugar where not permitted will be moved to the ‘Wild Card’ category. There will be no refund given.
  22. Any known conflict of interest with any of the judges must be disclosed to the organisers before the 10th April.

Small Producers

  1. Small producers can ONLY enter in the “small producers” category and receive a discounted entry (£80 / product) and discounted tickets to the awards gala.
  2. Small producers complete a different Product Information Form where giving the Nutritional Informations is not compulsory.
  3. Small producers are those artisan makers who sell their products only locally at markets in small quantities; or their produce is hand-made and fresh (eg. cakes and bakes); or where the produce is made to order.
  4. Any producer who sells to stores in bulk, has commercial packaging or have operations ready to produce a large volume of units is NOT a small producer / artisan maker.
  5. Any producer who created a product with the intension of pitching it to buyers and selling it wholesale or drop-shop is NOT a small producer
  6. In any case, it will be the organisers who decide if the producer qualifies as “Small producer”
  7. Small producers are not expected to have commercial packaging, professional photography and branding or provide full nutrition information.
  8. Small producers are expected to give full information on ingredients and allergens and provide a sample for judging.
  9. The product entered by small producers must be on sale for customers at all times – eg. if a free-from bakery doesn’t usually offer sugar-free or low-sugar cakes please don’t make one just to hit the award guidelines.


  1. A payment, in full, is required at the Registration stage. Only entries that are paid in full will be processed. All payments and PIF must be received by the organisers by the 10th April 2020.
  2. BACS payment are possible, please contact us for payment details.
  3. If the PIF is not received by 10th April 2020 we will not be able to arrange judging for the product. No refund will be given where we are unable to judge the product due to lack of information given.
  4. There will be no refund given if a product needs to be withdrawn from the judging process after the registration has been confirmed by the organisers, however it is possible to replace the originally registered product with another.

Sending us your samples

  1. Please do not send us samples outside of your delivery window or during the entry phase. All products will receive a delivery slot AFTER entries have closed (31st March) and the judging has been organised. The first product samples won’t be required until April.
  2. All products must be submitted for judging in their retail packaging (except small producers)
  3. All products must include the use by date, ingredients and state allergens.
  4. Products must come with a use by date given on the PIF. Eg. if you give that the product self life is 2 months but the sample we receive will only have one week left of the shelf life the sample may not be used. Please ensure you send a sample with a shelf-life indicated on your PIF.
  5. A delivery date will be allocated to each entrant between April – July 2020 based on their categories. It is possible that a single product will have to be sent multiple times for judging if it’s entered into multiple categories and the product has a short shelf-life.
  6. Sample quantities required will be confirmed in writing with each individual entry.
  7. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure the prompt and safe delivery of samples by the requested date. Failure to do so will result in the disqualification of the entry. 

Shortlisting & Judging

  1. All products will be judged blind (without packaging) except for the Small producers.
  2. Products will be judged based on their nutritional profile, taste, texture, innovation and quality of ingredients.
  3. Judging will take place between May and July and the Shortlist will be announced on the 30th June 2020.
  4. Shortlisting will be based on the judges scores, feedback and ranking in each category. The Award organisers will summarise the data and create the shortlist which will be announced on the 30th June.
  5. Successful entrants will receive an email and a ‘Shortlisted’ logo
  6. Public vote for shortlisted entrants will be open 1st July – 1st September 2020.
  7. Each category will be judged by a judging panel of 6-8 judges including nutritionists, professionals, health and free from food experts.
  8. Judges profiles will be published on our site.
  9. No products will be returned to entrants following the judging. Where possible we will donate surplus foods to local food charities.
  10. There will be no information published about which judge took part in judging which category.
  11. Any entrant approaching judges following the judging or prior to the Awards Gala in an attempt to discuss details of judging, other entries or results with organisers or judges will be disqualified.
  12. Judges are requested to sign an NDA and disclose any conflict of interest they know of.
  13. Judges are asked to provide feedback electronically for each product, score the entries 1-5 (where 5 is the best) and rank the entries of each category they judge in order of preference (the first 6 they prefer in each category).
  14. After that, there is a discussion where the judges must collectively agree to the winners.

Results & Gala

  1. The final results and winners will be announced at the Nourish Awards Gala in September 18th September, 2020
  2. Winners will be presented with their certificate at the Gala, held at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.
  3. The Nourish Awards Gala is invitation only for entrants, their guests, press, media, judges and other industry professionals.
  4. The Gala includes a drinks reception and a healthy free-from buffet with a selection of hot food. Tickets will be available to purchase from our website.
  5. Tickets for the gala will be released for sale in due course. Ticket costs vary from year to year depending on the speakers and programme but will be in the range of £85 – £110 per ticket. There may be a separate day ticket for the pre-event “Business Boost” which will be held on the same day.
  6. Following the Gala, winners will receive their ‘winners’ badge to be used on packaging, online or at point of sale without altering the logo in any way.
  7. Winners will also receive official photos of the Gala and a PR pack to help with press releases.
  8. Feedback will be available to all shortlisted products following the Gala.

All entrants accept these Terms on completion of the Registration form.