Emerging talents from Cadbury, Little Dish, Makro and the Fairtrade Foundation are in the running for this year's IGD Leading Edge Leading Light 2009 award.

The award, sponsored by Danone, is presented to an individual who has gone the extra mile and made a real difference to their company and the food industry as a whole.

Little Dish head of ­commercial Tom Benton was chosen for helping to develop a data analysis ­system that positioned Little Dish as 'category captain' in kids' chilled meals in under a year.

Victoria Burgess, field sales manager at Cadbury, earned her nomination for leading and directing a project to design an innovative way of displaying and storing Cadbury's products in pubs. The other nominees were Emma Sundt, business development manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, who led the development and execution of the Fairtrade Foundation's strategy to engage the grocery industry in Fairtrade Fortnight, and Andy Walsh, Horeca customer manager, Makro Cash & Carry UK, who was at the forefront of the team that launched the Makro Love the Pub campaign in 2008, offering publicans solutions to help them drive down costs and increase margins.

The winner receives £2,000 prize money and will be announced at IGD's Annual Convention on 13 October.