SUBSCRIBE

Inside food & drink manufacturing

Headlines > Manufacturing

Read more breaking news

 

 

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – video highlights

By Michael STONES , 22-Nov-2012
Last updated on 22-Nov-2012 at 08:17 GMT2012-11-22T08:17:17Z

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink manufacturing industry leaders gathered at the Park Lane Hilton in London for the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month. Here, we provide a flavour of the big night − caught on film. 

Chair of judges Paul Wilkinson praised the quality of this year’s entries. “The challenge for the FMEA judges gets tougher every year in choosing just one winner from a group of high-performing companies.”

“Judging by the quality of this year’s entries, the UK food and drink manufacturing industry is in good shape,” said Wilkinson, who is also chairman of the national skills council Improve.

Wilkinson said improvements in productivity and attention to sustainability were key themes of this year’s award entries.

“In addition to an even greater focus on productivity, this year’s entries were notable for the normalisation of the sustainability agenda. More companies clearly see it as a key part of business success.”

‘Sustainability agenda’

But sustainability in food and drink manufacturing was about more than simply about introducing ‘the feel-good factor’.  “Manufacturers are exploring how a focus on sustainability can benefit the financial performance of a company – for example through lower energy bills.”

While the trend towards more sustainable manufacturing was evident across all sizes of business, the chairman of judges noted a different emphasis between large- and small-scale enterprises.

“Bigger firms see it as an essential part of the business model, whereas smaller firms see it as a unique sales point,” said Wilkinson.

The overall winner – the Food Manufacturing Company of the Year  – was the Iglo Foods Group.

Speakers featured in the video include Mike Stones, group editor Food Manufacture , Simon Rimmer, TV chef and awards presenter plus comedian Josh Widdicombe.

For more information about the FMEAs – the Oscars of UK food and drink manufacturing – visit the awards website.

Meanwhile, big thanks to all the judges listed below. The Food Manufacture Group appreciates their dedication, business insight and attention-to-detail.

The 2012 Judging Panel

•             Paul Wilkinson, Chair of judges and chairman, Improve

•             Jonathan Bayne, food technologist, Ambient Grocery, Waitrose

•             Mark Colvin, lean manufacturing consultant

•             Simon Chattock, head of vendor assurance, Compass Group UK & Ireland

•             Associates

•             Jonathan Cooper, skills consultant, National Skills Academy

•             Jean Feord, regulatory affairs consultant

•             Dale Fiddy, sales and marketing director, NFT Distribution Operations

•             Estelle Herszenhorn, programme manager, WRAP

•             Michelle Jackson, European modified atmosphere packaging manager, Air Products

•             Andy Marsh, director, Suiko

•             Wayne Morley, head of food innovation, Leatherhead Food Research

•             Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

•             Alan Speight, consultant food technologist, Food Solutions Associates

•             Mike Stones, Group Editor, Food Manufacture.

Tea boss on why Brexit is an export opportunity

Typhoo boss: Brexit is a grocery-wide export opportunity

Somnath Saha

Chief executive, Typhoo Tea

Coca-Cola boss on overcoming first impressions

Coca-Cola boss on overcoming first impressions

Jane Buckley

Operations director, Coca-Cola European Partners (Morpeth)

Winning a food manufacturing Oscar ‘boosted sales’

‘Our manufacturing Oscars boosted productivity and sales’

Winning a food and drink manufacturing Oscar boosted Mash Direct’s productivity and sales, says its director...

Gluten-free growth is creating new markets

Gluten-free growth is creating new markets: Edme

Bakery growth is continuing to be driven by premium, indulgent and artisanal products, but...

Food Manufacture’s safety conference prepares firms for change

Food safety conference helps plan for change

The Food Manufacture Group’s one-day food safety conference will help businesses prepare for change...

Meat firm boss on the importance of innovation

Pork producer: ‘We’ll continue to innovate’

Chris Hayman

Md, Dicksons Pork Butchers

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for...

Food manufacturers face higher labour costs after Brexit

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have...

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against childhood obesity

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar...

Food manufacturers are optimistic despite Brexit challenges

Food firms are optimistic despite sector challenges

The Business Leaders’ Forum – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – showcased the...

Businesses can save money by making changes along the supply chain

Big cost savings from small supply chain changes

Helen Munday

Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation

Food manufacturers can save money by being environmental

How to save money? Go environmentally-friendly

Richard Clothier

Managing Director, Wyke Farms

Brexit price rises could be stopped by retailing competition

Retailing competition could reduce Brexit cost impacts

Joanne Denney-Finch

Chief Executive, IGD

Food manufacturers must improve shopper experiences

Manufacturers and retailers must work together

Food and drink manufacturers need to work with retailers to help customers have “an experience” when...

Morrisons, Dairy Crest and ABF expected to report trading updates

Good news on the way for Morrisons: Shore Capital

Morrisons, Dairy Crest and Associated British Foods (ABF) are just three companies expected to...

Food and and drink manufacturing: Next Month’s News

Next Month’s News: our podcast preview

Welcome to Next Month’s News, the latest edition in Food Manufacture Group’s new podcast...

Food Manufacture’s new podcast: Next Month’s News

Next Month’s News: Food Manufacture’s new podcast

Welcome to Next Month’s News, the Food Manufacture Group’s new podcast that predicts what...

Turkey boss offers video advice to younger self

Bernard Matthews boss offers advice to younger self

After more than 40 years of industry experience, Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy...

Top food and drink trends 2016

2016 trends: Sports nutrition goes mainstream

Sports nutrition moving ‘beyond the athlete’ was among the top 10 trends for 2016...

Food firms must produce own energy

Food firms must produce own energy or become ‘uncompetitive’

Food and drink manufacturers must develop their own ways of producing energy in order...