We're very proud to announce that last week innocent won the Footprint Sustainable Sourcing Award. The Footprint Awards are given to businesses who are making a difference to sustainability in the Foodservice industry, and to enter we had to demonstrate how the sourcing of our fruit and veg around the world makes a positive impact on the environment and communities we work with.
Our Philippa was all smiles on the night as she collected the award.
The Judges were really impressed with the innovation & impact shown in three of our major projects:
1. Spanish Strawberries Water Efficiency project
Taking a partnership approach to reducing water use in the region.
2. Climate adaptation project in India
Helping farmers to adapt to adverse conditions and increase the productivity of Alphonso mangoes.
3. Smallholder mango farming project in Rajapuri
Helping farmers to improve their agricultural practices and marketing approach in order to increase their income.
We're very lucky to have such dedicated fruit and sustainability teams who make projects like this possible. Thanks guys.
A couple of weeks ago we won a Target Jobs award by being voted 'the most popular company graduates would like to work for in the consumer goods category'. Our Jojo (the one being restrained by the lady in the blue), Caz (the one wearing a look of surprise), and Lena (the little one in the black looking relatively normal) went to the awards ceremony to receive a nice shiny trophy and a firm handshake from David Walliams (the one who looks like he'd rather be somewhere else) and a round of applause. If you're a graduate who voted for us - thanks very much, we're chuffed to have won.
Our creative team won a pencil at the D&AD Awards last week.
The D&AD (Design & Art Direction) Awards are like the Oscars of the design and creative industries. Except you win a pencil, not a gold statue.
Yellow pencils are recognised the world over as a symbol of true creative achievement. And after 11 years, we finally won one in the Writing for Design Category for our most recent big carton labels.
Dan, Ben and I got to go on stage, meet the president of D&AD and shake Jimmy Carr's hand before getting our pencils.
It was a total team effort which was celebrated long into the night (and well into the next morning for Ben).
Big thanks to the jury for taking the time to go through all the entries so thoroughly and to all the folk at D&AD for such an excellent evening.
Pencils proudly in place.
Vice Admiral T. R. Cardboard-Box, Sir Reginald Bubblewrap, Lady Margaret Cell'Ophane - oh yes, the great and good of the packaging world were all out in force last week for the annual UK Packaging Awards.
The glitzy ceremony was held in the Grosvenor Hotel in London and we picked up the rather heavy, slightly sharp edged yet nonetheless coveted award for 'Brand Client of the Year'.
Beating off strong competition from Apple, Proctor & Gamble and Coca-Cola, we won in recognition of our 100% recycled bottle, our quest for sustainability, our all round packaging design and for being the brand most people would like to work with.
Which is always a nice reason to win.
John Inverdale presented our Jaqueline and Simon with the award, confessing in hushed tones he had 'literally millions' of our drinks at home.
No favouritism there then.