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.

PM ‘intends to protect’ EU national workers already here, after Brexit

PM ‘intends to protect’ EU national workers already here, after Brexit

The prime minister “absolutely intends” to protect the right of up to 100,000 non-UK EU nationals...

How meat firms have reduced their audit burden

Pork processor: collaboration has reduced audits

Rob Nugent

Operations director, Direct Table Foods

Video: supermarket ombudsman ‘depends’ on food and drink suppliers

Grocery regulator: ‘I am dependent on suppliers’

Christine Tacon

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Frozen food boss looks back on his time in charge

Frozen food boss leaves organisation on a positive note

Brian Young, chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) said the organisation...

Frozen food manufacturers have ‘lots of opportunity’ to grow

Frozen food manufacturers have ‘lots of opportunity’

Frozen food manufacturers should follow consumer trends closely to benefit from the key drivers...

Frozen food sector worth billions

‘Bright’ outlook for frozen food manufacturers

Frozen food manufacturing products are set to rise in popularity, based on consumers’ preference...

Kellogg’s on how to solve problems through teamwork

Problem-solving through teamwork at Kellogg UK

Tony O’Brien

Manchester plant director, Kellogg UK

Gluten-free entreprenuer talks about the future of brands

The Black Farmer: ‘brands are the future’

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

Founder, The Black Farmer

Brexit and sugar tax are food manufacturers’ top worries

What food and drink manufacturers worry about most

Brexit and the sugar tax topped food and drink manufacturers’ concerns this year, according to...

Coca-Cola factory boss talks staff engagement

Boosting productivity at Coca-Cola’s Wakefield factory

Trevor Newman

Supply chain operations director, Coca-Cola European Partners

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...

Food retail industry outlook gets better

Food retail industry has ‘mother of all hangovers’

The food retail industry is recovering from the “mother of all hangovers” after falling into a...

British Mexican food firm’s biggest challenge

Biggest challenge for British-based Mexican food firm

Keeping up with the demand for crops and forecasting to avoid price hikes are...

Taylors of Harrogate reduces man hours

Taylors of Harrogate reduces maintenance downtime

Taylors of Harrogate has significantly reduced the maintenance downtown on its packaging lines after...

Graze: getting into retailers is hard

Graze ceo: ‘going from clicks to bricks isn’t easy’

Graze, the £68M turnover online snack manufacturer, had to make big changes to its...