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Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn crowned 'Exporter of the Year' at FDF Awards

23 September 2016

Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn crowned 'Exporter of the Year' at FDF Awards

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North London-based Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn was named 'Exporter of the Year' at last night's prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards. The ceremony at London's The Brewery celebrated the leading businesses and people in the food and drink industry.

The category was sponsored by Santander and recognises those firms whose success is reaching new markets in the UK, throughout Europe and across the globe.

Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn is a family business from London and launched in 2010 with the mission to create the best-tasting popcorn in the world. The business now has a range of over 40 flavours of popcorn, six caramel sauces and has won a total of 24 Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

The popcorn is handmade in small batches by trained pastry chefs in their London-based kitchen, using only the best natural ingredients and extra-large corn pieces. With over 2,000 stockists in the UK and exporting to over 17 countries internationally, Joe & Seph's has experienced growth averaging 224% year-on-year since inception. The company won the 'Growth Business' prize at the FDF Awards 2014.

FDF's Director General, Ian Wright, said: “Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn is clearly an innovative, growing business, whose export market has increased significantly over recent years. The company demonstrates that with a great product and dynamic concept, British brands can make a real impact on the world stage. Joe & Seph's is a worthy winner of this award and I congratulate them on their success”.

Mike Davies, Head of Business Development, Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking at category sponsor Santander said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Exporter of the Year Award. Joe and Seph's Gourmet Popcorn is a great example of a UK business developing a quality product and taking that product to the world. Santander understands the challenges faced by exporting businesses and we work with our customers to achieve their ambitions. Joe and Steph's Popcorn are worthy winners of this award and we wish them every success for the future.”

More information

Event photos are available on FDF's Flickr page

The 2017 FDF Awards will launch in November 2016.

Notes for editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. View the winners' case studies
  3. Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 847 branches (which includes 58 university branches) and 69 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Contact Matthew Evans, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or (0) 20 7420 7152.

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