Peak achievement near for food industry execs

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

The team will push for the summit tonight
The team will push for the summit tonight

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A team of 10 UK food and drink industry executives will climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, at midnight tonight to raise money for the charity FARM-Africa.

The team includes Charles Reed, md of William Reed Business Media, publisher of, sister magazine Food Manufacture​ and a range of other leading business-to-business titles.

Joining him on the expedition are Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's group commercial director, Nigel Dunlop, ceo Moy Park and non executive director (ned) Warburton’s, and others listed below.

So far, the team has raised £218,000.

FARM-Africa is dedicated to supporting vulnerable rural communities in eastern Africa. It aims to help individuals grow enough food to eat and to become the entrepreneurs of the future.

Patron Michael Palin said the 25-year-old charity created change "that is sustainable rather than a quick-fix."

To track the team’s progress on the 19,341 feet peak, which is 61 times the height of Big Ben, click here.

Other members of the top team

Mark Carr, ceo, AB Sugar

Andrew Cracknell, director Anglo Beef Processors

Iain Ferguson, ned, Greggs, Balfour Beatty and Berendsen

Julian Marks, md, Barfoots of Botley

Richard Macdonald, ned, Moy Park, Dairy Crest Foods

Tim Smith, chief executive, Food Standards Agency

Martyn Wilks, executive md, Dairy Crest Foods

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