2 Sisters’ contribution to combating campylobacter food poisoning netted the group the Judges’ Star performer of the year trophy.
Its initiative to tackle campylobacter – Britain’s single biggest cause of food poisoning – was the unanimous choice of the FMEA awards independent judging panel, led by chair of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Paul Wilkinson. The company was praised for prioritising campylobacter control and offering strong leadership in the fresh poultry sector.
2 Sisters technical projects manager
2 Sisters’ technical projects manager Kevin Akehurst said that the award helped the manufacturer win wider industry recognition for its leadership on campylobacter.
“We were overwhelmed to receive this prestigious award; it’s recognition of this sort that makes all the time and effort put into the project worthwhile,” Akehurst told FoodManufacture.co.uk.
“Industry recognition of our efforts following the award certainly helped with third-party buy-in when developing further interventions.”
Premier Foods Sweet Treats
Premier Foods Sweet Treats’s md Graham Hunter said the manufacturer was “exceedingly proud” to have won Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in 2015 for Mr Kipling.
“It was a great achievement for all my colleagues who work tirelessly behind the scenes, and gave them a big boost and a real sense of pride,” said Hunter.
The overall award – Food Manufacture Company of the Year – was claimed by Moy Park after it won the the Meat and Poultry Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy.
So, could you match the achievement of Moy Park, 2 Sisters Food Group and Premier Foods? This is your opportunity to find out, with three days left before entries for the FMEAs 2016 close on Friday July 29.
2 Sisters’ reaction to Oscar win
“We were overwhelmed to receive this prestigious award; it’s recognition of this sort that makes all the time and effort put into the project worthwhile.”
- Kevin Akehurst, technical projects manager
Online entry is simple and straightforward, so why not help your food or drink manufacturing business garner the recognition it deserves by winning an FMEA Oscar?
Eight category awards cover all the main industry sectors including: ambient, bakery, beverages, chilled, dairy, fresh, frozen and meat, poultry or seafood. From the category award winnners, the judges will select the overall Food Manufacture Company of the Year. See full awards list in the box below.
All the awards will be presented at a Venice-themed celebration dinner at the Hilton Park Lane in London on November 2.
For more information about the awards visit the awards website or call Jane Rollinson on 01293 610439 or email Jane.Rollinson@wrbm.com.
For sponsorship opportunities, call Katie Tyler on 01293 610493 or email Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Additional reporting by Michelle Perrett.
Food and drink manufacturing Oscars: could you win one?
Categories available for entry
- Ambient Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Beverages Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Chilled Food Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Fresh Produce Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Frozen Foods Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Meat, Poultry or Seafood Manufacturing Company of the Year
Industry Initiative Awards
Firms must enter a category award before submitting an Industry Initiative entry.
- Best New Use of Food Ingredients
- Environmental Initiative of theYear
- Supply Chain Initiative of the Year
- Training Programme of the Year
- Young Talent of the Year
From entries to the category awards, the following will also be presented on the night:
Judges’ Star Performer: This award is chosen from across all entries and will reward the company that, in the judges' opinion, has been involved in an activity which deserves particular recognition – be it in the field of manufacturing, marketing or staff development.
SME Innovation of the Year: This award will be presented to a small company (typically with less than £10M turnover and fewer than 100 employees), that the judges believe has shown the greatest innovation over the past year through new product development, process innovation or marketing.
The Me and My Factory – Editor’s Choice Award: This year sees the launch of a new award within the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: The Me and My Factory – Editor’s Choice Award, selected from companies covered in the Me and My Factory section of Food Manufacture over the previous year.
The award will be made to the company the editorial team believes has made the most progress over the past year.
Food Manufacture Company of the Year: The winner of this award will be selected from the winners of the individual category awards.
Enter the awards for free online. Good luck.