Finalists revealed as M&PPA date gets closer

Meat and poultry processing awards 2011

The judging is now complete and MTJ is proud to reveal a broad range of superb finalists for the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2011.

Building on the success of last year's debut, the awards this year saw more than a 50% jump in the level of entries, with companies from right across the UK competing for a title across seven categories.

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, which organises the awards, said: "The judges have had a tough job in selecting our winners and finalists, but it was well worth it. It wasn't just the entry numbers that were high, the standard of competition was superb as well, and we're pleased to see there are so many strong businesses out in the processing sector.

"We're now looking forward to the awards night, in which we will reveal the winners of this year's awards."

The finalists are:

Environmental Initiative of the Year
• Kookaburra, County Durham
• Tulip, Cornwall
• Whitmuir Organics, West Linton

Export Initiative of the Year
• CH Fresh, Warwickshire
• R Hey & Sons, West Yorkshire
• Randall Parker Foods

Plant Manager of the Year
• Rosie Emerson, 2 Sisters Food Group
• Craig Maguire, Walkers Charnwood Bakery
• David Palmer, Daysdrove

Processing Business of the Year
• Dunbia, Dungannon
• Ensors, Gloucestershire
• Kookaburra, County Durham

Small Processing Business of the Year
• John R Dowey & Son, Lurgan
• Shazan Foods, Preston
• Whitmuir Organics, West Linton

Supply Chain Initiative of the Year
• Dunbia, Dungannon
• OSI Food Solutions, Scunthorpe
• Randall Parker Foods

Young Processor of the Year
• Corrina Firth, Cranswick
• Alistair Lyle, ABP
• Elaine Willis, Linden Foods

The awards are supported by the British Meat Processors Association, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers Federation, the British Poultry Council and the Provision Trade Federation. Sponsors include Bizerba, Eblex, the Meat Training Council and Reiser UK.

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Monday, 28 March, 2011, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. For further details, contact Helen Law on 01293 846587, or email helen.law@wrbm.com. To book your place contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email elizabeth.ellis@wrbm.com.

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