We are thrilled to announce that our parent company the Greenman Group has launched its very first pan-European Innovation Awards, highlighting their continuous commitment to innovation and progress. As part of the Group, we’re excited to witness the positive impact this initiative will bring to our network and the industries we serve.

The competition will identify, recognise, and reward businesses whose goal it is to positively impact any point of the grocery retail supply chain. The awards focus on the entire supply chain from production to waste management, recognising those that are challenging the status quo and leading to a new, sustainable future for the grocery retail industry. Under the title of “Growing Further“, early-stage businesses can apply on www.growingfurther.io from now on until 1st October 2023 with their innovative solutions around sustainable supply chains in the grocery industry.

John Wilkinson, CEO of the Greenman Group says: “While grocery real estate remains at the heart of our business, we believe that genuine innovation can help businesses to transcend boundaries, fostering progress and a more sustainable future. ‘Growing Further’ reflects our core values and through this initiative we are actively seeking pioneering business ideas and want to encourage startups to apply with their innovative solutions. We believe that by recognising and supporting the most outstanding concepts and business models, we can accelerate the transition towards sustainable value chains in the food industry to make a meaningful impact on the future of food retail.”

At the awards ceremony which will take place in January 2024 in Dublin, the winner of each of the four categories “Production & Packaging”, “Distribution”, “Retail” and “Waste Reduction” as well as an overall winner will be announced with those winners sharing a €100,000 prize fund. The award ceremony also offers applicants a high-profile platform to showcase their concepts and businesses as well as a forum for networking and knowledge exchange with peer businesses from across Europe. The winners will be determined through a multi-stage selection process and chosen by a distinguished judging panel, including prominent experts from the worlds of venture capital, finance, entrepreneurship, and academia, all of whom have practical experience of translating an innovative idea into a business with material real-world impact.

Read the full press release here.