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Time is running out to get your entries in for the coveted Baking Industry Awards 2023!

There are 14 categories to choose from including Employer of the Year, Rising Star Award, Sustainability Initiative of the Year and Craft Bakery Business of the Year. This means bakery businesses of all shapes and sizes have a chance to shine. To see a full list and description of the categories, visit

Here, we explore what the judging process for the Baking Industry Awards entails.

How do I enter the Baking Industry Awards?

It is completely free to enter the Baking Industry Awards. To be in with a chance of winning, simply visit our dedicated website – – and follow the process.

Who is on the judging panel?

A representative from the category sponsor, a member of the British Baker team and an independent judge will be involved across all stages of the judging process.

What does the judging process involve?

The judging process differs slightly from category to category. This is because we want to ensure every person, product or business entered is judged appropriately and thoroughly.

All entries start with an online form to fill out. This will be used to gain an understanding of the entry and what makes it special.

For example, for product categories (Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, New Bakery Product of the Year, and Speciality Bread of the Year) entrants will be asked to give basic information about the baked goods such as ingredients, production method and targeted audience. From this, the judges will create a shortlist of items in each category to be judged in person.

At the judging day, the baked goods will be marked against criteria including the appearance, aroma, and taste, as well as how well it meets the needs of its targeted consumers.

Those lucky enough to be shortlisted in the competitive Baker of the Year category, meanwhile, will receive a visit from the judges to see the baker in action.

A selection of sourdough at a Marks & Spencer in-store bakery

Source: M&S

Businesses shortlisted in the Bakery Retailer of the Year category will be mystery shopped

Shortlisted businesses in the Retailer of the Year, on the other hand, will be invited to a video interview with the panel of judges to help them understand the strategies and initiatives being rolled out in store. The panel will then undertake a series of mystery shops to see how head office strategy is being implemented in store, as well as to judge the availability and quality of goods on offer.

Businesses shortlisted in the Online Bakery Business of the Year will also undergo a mystery shop in which judges order and test a selection of baked goods from their website to see if the consumer journey and delivered treats are up to Baking Industry Awards standards.

When will the finalists be announced?

The finalists will be announced in late summer on British Baker’s website. The categories will be split over the week, with some being announced on Monday, some on Wednesday and some on Friday.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at a glamourous black-tie ceremony which takes place on Tuesday 7 November at the Royal Lancaster in London.

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