Multi award-winning British start-up, Garçon Wines, who are well-known across Europe for their flat, sustainable wine bottles, last night took home another accolade for innovation in the inaugural Food & Drink Awards. Hosted by entertainment luminary Stephen Fry, the winners were revealed to the public in a star-studded ceremony televised on ITV to UK audiences on Sunday evening.
Created in association with Staysure and thefoodawards.com, the awards honour those who have contributed most to Britain’s remarkable renaissance in food, drink and catering. A specialist panel of experts, including acclaimed British chefs Rick Stein and Andi Oliver, selected the true movers and shakers in categories that ranged from Best Family-run Restaurant to Best Street Food, who received their awards at an event held in the majestic venue of London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall.
The Innovation Award was presented to Garçon Wines for their climate-friendly, lightweight flat wine bottle. One of the first bottles to be made entirely of pre-existing,100% recycled PET, not single-use plastic, their invention was recognised as a British-born innovation that is helping advance the wine industry through bottles and packaging that is more sustainable and better suited for the 21st century. Each bottle is around 87% lighter than an average glass wine bottle, saving energy, and their flat design allows them to pack more efficiently to save space, enabling significantly lower carbon footprint and logistics costs.
“We’re thrilled to be recognised as a significant contributor to the British food and drink industry alongside such an eclectic mix of talent that celebrates all aspects of the scene, from heritage to haute cuisine,” said Santiago Navarro, CEO &co-founder of Garçon Wines. “Innovating in the wine industry, an area that has remained remarkably unchanged in two centuries, presents a great opportunity to support other key players in Britain’s culinary ecosystem whose establishments would benefit from space-saving, easy-to-handle and sustainable wine bottles that are still beautiful to be placed on the dining table. Our bottles were very well received when they were sold for the first time in festival bars at Bristol Pride in July last year, and we’re looking forward to the moment where our wine packaging solutions are further embraced and adopted by restaurateurs, caterers and pubs.”
This latest win follows huge success on the awards circuit in 2019, which saw Garçon Wines come joint first alongside Carlsberg in the Innovation of the Year category at the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards, and scoop Best Packaging Design at the World Beverage Innovation Awards. The fast-growing start-up is moving from strength to strength, having just launched their international expansion to the United States, with further collaborations in the food and hospitality industry to come later in 2020.
To find out more about the awards, head to the official website at www.thefoodawards.com.