British Baker is proud to announce that the Baking Industry Awards 2013 are now open for entries.

The awards, now in their 26th year, will take place on Wednesday 11 September at the Park Lane Hilton, in London, and promise to be the ultimate celebration of the best in the UK baking industry.

This year’s theme is Oriental and, as always, there will be a wealth of entertainment on the night, including a special celebrity host, to be announced in due course.

Eleven categories are available, suitable for all businesses in the baking industry, no matter how large or small. This year we also welcome two new sponsors: Tesco, sponsoring Bakery Supplier of the Year; and Stevens Group, sponsoring The Rising Star Award.

Martyn Leek, editor, British Baker, said: “BIA is designed to recognise the talents and achievements of all those who work in the UK baking industry, and this year’s event looks set to be as fantastic as ever.”

Baking Industry Awards 2013 categories:

Baker of the Year, sponsored by ADM Milling

Bakery Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Tesco

Celebration Cake Business of the Year, sponsored by Renshaw

The Craft Business Award, sponsored by Dawn Foods

The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by CSM United Kingdom

In-Store Bakery Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Zeelandia

The Product Innovation Award, sponsored by Asda

The Retail Innovation Award, sponsored by Macphie

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by Stevens Group

Speciality Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Bakels

Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry, sponsored by Délifrance

To learn more about this year’s BIA and the categories, as well as last year’s winners, read 22 February issue of British Baker.