Voting gets a flying start

Voting for the 7th annual Meat Industry Awards has opened, with a record number of entries already received. The awards, which have become a staple for the industry, provide an opportunity for you to say thank you to those - be they individuals or companies - who have shown excellence in their field over the past 12 months.

Fifteen award categories cover the whole meat and poultry trades, from products and manufacturing through to services and equipment.

Do not allow the deserving to go unnoticed. Voting could not

be easier: simply visit www.

meatawards.com and fill in a form online. Alternatively, contact Mandy Parker on 01908 613323 and forms can be faxed, posted or emailed to you.

The full 15 categories are:

Manufacturer of the Year

Catering Butcher of the Year

Best Trade Organisation

Meat Industry Personality of the Year

Best Equipment/Machinery Supplier

Best Packaging for a Product

Training Initiative of the Year

Meat Retailer of the Year - Independent

Meat Retailer of the Year - Multiple

Britain's Best Sausage

Best Lamb Product

Best Beef Product

Best Pork Product

Best Poultry Product

Best Organic Product - Meat or Poultry

Voting closes on 1 September 2006 and all winners will be

announced at a prestigious awards dinner in the five-star surroun-dings of the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London on Thursday, 30 November.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the number above. It is you that makes the difference, so make sure you have your say.