Businesses that have grown from traditional craft bakery roots to become excellent specialist bakeries, as well as large bakery food manufacturers with a strong market presence, are encouraged to enter the Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year award.

Sponsored by ADM Milling for the sixth time, the award is open to all bakery and bakery food manufacturing businesses that produce exceptional quality baked goods, whether breads, pies, pizza, pastry, snack foods, biscuits or cakes. Whatever the bakery’s speciality, we want you to apply for this award.

The judges will be assessing the entrant’s applications in terms of product quality, operational standards, product innovation and marketing activity. In particular, the question will be asked: "What are you doing in your business to distinguish you from others in the industry?"

ADM established its UK milling operation in 1999. The company has flour mills strategically located around the country and a state-of-the-art technical centre with some of the most advanced analytical equipment and bakery pilot plant in the industry. Last year saw the company launch an online ordering facility for its customers called [].

Tim Cook, ADM Milling sales and marketing director, says: "4flour provides customers with easy access to their account business data and convenience and manageability, with online ordering of flour and ingredients. Bakers both large and small have found this online ordering system beneficial to their business."

He adds: "The Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year Award is about recognising excellence. We supply craft bakers, specialist bakers, plant bakers, food manufacturers, in-store bakeries and foodservice. Within all of these we see continual innovation in new processes and products and are pleased to be able to contribute, both in the technical input we provide and through the sponsorship of this award, which recognises dynamic and successful businesses."

ADM Milling looks forward to receiving your application describing your business success.