The 10th anniversary 2017 Pioneer awards are to be held at Manchester Central on Thursday September 14th
Guests at the “2016 Pioneer Awards from Co-op and CRTG” entered a spectacular winter landscape via an ice tunnel and through a live snow fall. They were faced by a 15 metre ice bar while sculptors working with chain saws to created stunning ice artworks.
They then entered the main auditorium where the two and a half hour multi media show took place. The 15 awards recognised Pioneers across the entire range of food producers and reflected the unique position the Co-op has in the communities it serves.
The show included a tribute to the Pioneers of Music, Fashion and Comedy and a live performance from the Kaiser Chiefs.
Highlights package – Watch some of the best moments of the evening.
Category winner’s interview
Flooding at Hebden Bridge
Ethical trading in Lincolnshire
Local supplier in the Lake District
Developing Co ops own brand
The 15 metre Ice Bar and Ice Sculptures were produced by “Glacial Arts”of Liverpool with the Ice Tunnel and Snow Effects by world experts “Snow Business” The magnificent ice decorations and chandelier were created by “Spring Bank” and the furniture provided by “Fresh”.
The cocktails were created by area sponsors Diageo.
The theatre and dining area seated almost 1.200 guests from across the UK food and drink industry. The show opened with a ten minute spectacluar to the Pioneers of Music and included live rendition of ‘She loves you’ by The Fab Beatles as well as tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Bowie, Michael Jacskon, The Who and The Spice Girls. There were 15 Awards from the Show Host, Anita Rani. Entertainment was provided by the Kaiser Chiefs whilst a Fashion Show and dancers were choreographed by “Red Ice”.
Michael Jackson moonwalk was performed by Navi, the only person that Michael Jackson personally endorsed.
The show opened with a 10 minute spectacular tribute to The Pioneers of Music.