Sussex Food and Drink Awards

Sussex Food and Drink Awards is an organisation designed to support and boost local farmers and food and drink producers. It aims to increase sales and support within the local market and to help build the profile of local food on a national level. The Sussex Food and Drink Awards culminates in an Awards Banquet in February every year, awarding local hero’s with trophies for top food and drink from the area. It is always a fabulous event championing local food Hero’s and celebrating local produce.

Southern Co-op champions local produce and we have been proud supporters of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards for several years. As an independent regional retailer it is vital that we support our local economy in the areas we trade; we do this through our Local Flavours range, offering the best of Sussex produce to our customers.

– Kate Hibbert, Local Sourcing Manager

The 2017 Awards Banquet was once again a roaring success. Held on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at the Amex Stadium, Brighton, the event revealed the county’s top food and drink producers for 2017. The black tie event was hosted by patron Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike from BBC Sussex. The Southern Co-operative sponsors the Sussex Food Producer of the Year, which this year was awarded to The Real Pie Company, Crawley, West Sussex. The team from Southern Co-op enjoyed an evening celebrating local food and drink, and learning more about the wonderful produce Sussex has to offer.