Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Turkey boss sets out goal on campylobacter

By Michael Stones

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Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall has set out his mission to make poultry the meat of choice over the next 10 years by preventing campylobacter food poisoning.

In this video – filmed after Hall received the Food Manufacture Personality of the year Oscar, Hall said: “I want to make sure that campylobacter, which causes huge problems to consumers, can be wiped out and we can make broilers and turkeys safe for the future.

“I want to help make poultry meat the number one meat of the next decade.”

‘The number one meat’

Hall received the trophy at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at the Lancaster hotel, in London last week. 

The FMEA awards’ independent judging panel – led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of National Skills Academy – praised Hall’s pioneering work to cut campylobacter infection– Britain’s top cause of food poisoning – on fresh poultry.

His  achievements were recognised in front of hundreds of industry guests, as he collected the trophy from the awards host and star TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith (who appeared first in this video) and the category sponsor FoodManJobs business development manager Leon Wright.

Exceptional results

The personality award celebrates the man or woman who has made a key contribution to the food and drink manufacturing sector over the past year – whether by brokering deals, transforming the fortunes of his or her business or simply delivering exceptional results.

Also shortlisted in this category were: Kevin Brennan, chief executive, Quorn Foods, Lucinda Bruce­Gardyne, founder, Genius Foods, Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator, Chris Thomas, chief executive, Tulip and Roger Whiteside, chief executive, Greggs.

The shortlist was prepared by the Food Manufacture Group editorial team. The winner was selected by’s 100,000 plus independently audited, unique monthly visitors.

  • This video was produced by Laurence Gibbons.

Food Manufacture Personality finalists

  • Kevin Brennan, chief executive, Quorn Foods
  • Lucinda Bruce-­Gardyne, founder, Genius Foods
  • Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator
  • Chris Thomas, chief executive, Tulip
  • Roger Whiteside, chief executive, Greggs

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