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22 November 2013

Premier Foods wins three top national food manufacturing awards

Premier Foods has won the coveted title Food Manufacturing Company of the Year and two other trophies in the industry’s Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs)

Premier Foods has won the coveted title Food Manufacturing Company of the Year and two other trophies in the industry’s Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at the London Park Lane Hilton, in a glittering awards ceremony last night (November 21).

The firm won the ultimate accolade in food and drink manufacturing after first winning the awards for Ambient Manufacturing Company of the Year and Training Programme of the Year.

Its achievements were recognised in front of hundreds of industry guests, as Simon Ellmore, Premier Foods’ Ashford factory general manager received the Food Manufacturing Company of the Year award from Mark Lynch, partner with category sponsor Oghma Partners.  They were joined on stage by awards presenter and TV Countryfile star Julia Bradbury.

The award judges – led by judging panel chairman Paul Wilkinson – praised Premier Foods’ Ashford factory’s incredible fortitude in turning around a business that was earmarked for closure in 2007 into a successful operation today.

The judges said: “Premier Foods has shown great skill in carrying out a major restructuring of its operation against a difficult backdrop, which has resulted in continuous year-on-year improvement.”

Earlier in the evening Premier Foods won the Ambient Manufacturing Company of the Year, sponsored by Nigel Wright Recruitment.  The judges said: “Premier Foods has been doing very good things at Ashford – driving efficiencies while reducing waste. The ability to get the buy-in of its people during this difficult transition was particularly strong.”

The annual FMEAs, run by Food Manufacture magazine and its website FoodManufacture.co.uk, is the premier event in the food and drink manufacturing calendar.

Rick Pendrous, editor of Food Manufacture, said: “The FMEAs go from strength-to-strength each year in recognising top achievement in the field of food and drink manufacturing.”

“Selecting the Food Manufacturing Company of the Year proved a tough challenge but Premier Foods’ success in carrying out a major restructuring plan, with the support of the whole factory team, made it a worthy winner.”

In the ambient category, American Muffin was also shortlisted.

Premier Foods also won the Training Programme of the Year sponsored by FDQ. The judges noted: “Premier Foods has managed to engage every member of the staff at all levels of the business. It was great to see innovation in the training programme, which was quite quirky but effective.”

Also shortlisted in this category were: The Authentic Food Company, British Sugar and Tamar Foods.

Ends

For more information about Premier Foods, telephone 020 7379 5151 or email [email protected].

For more information on the FMEAs contact Mike Stones, group editor Food Manufacture, at 01293 610 256 or email [email protected].

FMEA awards were made in the following categories:

1) Ambient Manufacturing Company of the Year

2) Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year

3) Best New Use of Food Ingredients

4) Chilled & Fresh Foods Manufacturing Company of the Year

5) Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year

6) Environmental Initiative of the Year

7) Frozen Foods Manufacturing Company of the Year

8) Meat, Poultry & Seafood Manufacturing Company of the Year

9) Supply Chain Initiative of the Year

10) Training Programme of the Year

11) Most Innovative Small Company of the Year

12) Judges’ Star Performer

13) Food Manufacturing Company of the Year

14) Personality of the Year


Note for editors
• Food Manufacture has an audience of 10,000 food and drink industry professions. Subscribe at http://ow.ly/qVFos.
• FoodManufacture.co.uk has an audience of more than 100,000 unique monthly visitors. To receive its free, newsletters published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, visit http://ow.ly/qW9Ks.
• In addition to the FMEAs, the Food Manufacture Group  –  part of William Reed Business Media – produces a series of food industry events including the Business Leaders’ Forum in January and face-to-face and webinar events covering the food and drink industry. For more information about the group contact Mike Stones, group editor Food Manufacture, at 01293 610 256 or email [email protected].


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