Last chance for M&PP Awards tickets

With less than a week to go until the processing sector’s leading awards, do not forget to book your place now.

The Meat & Poultry Processing Awards celebrate excellence throughout the sector, and this year sees some exciting companies, individuals and schemes in the running for a top title.

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, which organises the event, said: “The standard of entries into this year’s competition has been outstanding and the finalists have had to overcome some serious competition to make it through. We created these awards to ensure the processing sector gets some recognition for the excellent work it does. Too often, this area of the supply chain is overlooked, and we felt it was time that changed.”

Winners in each of the seven categories will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on
28 March at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

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, the Provision Trade Federation. Sponsors include Bizerba, Eblex, the Meat Training Council, Reiser UK and Systems Integration, a leading supplier of software and hardware for the meat processing industry.

Commenting on the awards, Rob Stephens, chief executive of Systems Integration, said:  “Systems Integration are proud to sponsor the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2011. We are looking forward to celebrating the industry’s talent as the official entertainment sponsors for the evening. Having worked in the meat sector myself, I’m delighted that Meat Trades Journal are recognising the need to reward excellence in such an important industry and wish all finalists the best of luck”.

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
• 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
• OSI Food Solutions, Scunthorpe
• Randall Parker Foods

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