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This award goes to the person who has made the biggest contribution to the sector over the year by transforming his or her business or by raising the profile of the sector. The winner was selected in a poll of shortlisted candidates on www.foodmanufacture.co.uk.
Judy Buttriss, director general,British Nutrition Foundation
chief executive, Premier Foods
TV personality and chef
chief executive R&R Ice Cream
founder and chief executive, S&A Foods
Winner: Perween Warsi, founder and chief executive, S&A Foods
Perween Warsi is a worthy recipient of Food Manufacture's Personality of the Year Award. Not only is she an astute businesswoman in her own right, she is also a doughty champion of women in business. Warsi is no stranger to awards. She received an MBE in 1997, followed by a CBE in 2002 for her business and public activities, both nationally and within her local community.
So it is most fitting that she should now receive recognition from her peers in the food and drink sector.
Click here for an exclusive video of Warsi sharing her three top tips for budding food entrepreneurs.