Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Meet the Finalists: Partnership Award

By Michelle Perrett

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Finalists revealed for Food Manufacture's Partnership Award

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This award is designed to recognise partnerships between processors and customers or service providers. These four companies will be fighting it out the win at the finals.

AFOS and SeaFish 

A partnership between Seafish Training Academy and AFOS has alreadyled to the development of the AFOS micro kiln, which is a smaller, portable, and cheaper kiln which smokes fish in a traditional way. The micro kiln is the solution to the problem of how to train someone to control a traditional smoking process using a mechanical kiln. 

The kilns are used as tools that are used to train both catering students and potential business owners. 

The Micro kiln can be operated without power to demonstrate a traditional chimney operation, or with power to demonstrate other forms of mechanical kiln operations. 

The sales of smaller AFOS smoking kilns increased with the impact of the Covid pandemic as consumers moved away from processed items to wanting more traditional foods. 


Foods Connected and Hilton Food Group

Foods Connected is a food software company that entered the market to develop solutions that provide optimised transparency and control over the entire supply chain for food retailers, manufacturers and foodservice providers. 

Hilton Food Group, the international food manufacturer,  needed a solution to track - Supplier Management, Sustainability, NPD/Specification Management, Product and Factory Checks, Auditing, Risk Assessments and Procurement. 

Foods Connected now serves Hilton as a one-stop-shop for their requirements, and is pivotal in the management of its wider operations. 

The Foods Connected Audit and Remote Audit Tool enabled Hilton to physically and remotely audit their suppliers using a mobile device, allowing inspections to continue to be managed remotely during Covid and ensured the safety of Hilton’s food supply. 


Klüber Lubrication and Tunnocks

Tunnocks is a multi-generational, family-owned company based in Glasgow, that supplies Tunnocks Teacakes and Caramel Wafers into supermarkets across the UK as well as overseas.  

The company strives to maintain quality and was looking at ways to improve efficiency and increase operational standards before a scheduled BRC audit. 

The company spoke to Klüber Lubrication about the introduction of  Lubrication programme with an objective to -  rationalise the number of products being used, improve lubrication practices, reduce the number of lubrication tasks, utilise colour coding to make lubrication tasks easier, implement visible storage solutions, improve and maintain quality standards and work on a programme of continuous improvement 

They discussed the completion of a site survey which would form the foundation of a lubrication programme and lead to lubrication schedules, product rationalisation, colour coding and storage solutions being recommended. 

Raynor Foods

Raynor Foods has taken a leading role in the inception and progression of Digital Sandwich, a project to help digitalise the food supply chain 

Project timeline Digital Sandwich is a 2.5 year, £10m project with £4m of government InnovateUK funding, set to complete in March 2023. 

A consortium of 11 international partners including universities, IoT providers, software developers and financial technologists are involved in the project. 

Digital Sandwich will add a ‘digital layer’ to the supply chain bringing systems together into one standardised, open platform, providing end-to-end unit level traceability of ingredients and products so that food products are tracked in real-time, from supply to assembly and delivery, whilst monitoring and managing the conditions and environments of each product component at any given point on its journey.

  • The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards are also searching for nominations for the Business Leader of the Year category​​. 
  • The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards will take place on Thursday 9th February 2023 at the London Hilton Bankside.
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Foodex Manufacturing Solutions​​​ ​



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