Meat industry shines at food awards

A poultry boss and a leading haggis producer were celebrating this week after scooping top awards.

Macsween of Edinburgh took the Morrisons Award for Outstanding Small Business, while Ranjit Singh Boparan took the Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement at the IGD Food Industry Awards 2012.

The judges commended Macsween for being “a company with innovation as its lifeblood, which has delivered accelerated, sustainable growth in this challenging economy”.
Joint managing director James Macsween said: “We are delighted and honoured to be recognised by this award. As a family company we aim to be innovative in areas of NPD, marketing and staff development and at the core of our values is the desire to grow in an environmentally and ethically sustainable manner, always focusing on the consumer’s needs. Therefore winning such a prestigious award is very affirming for us and we will continue to strive for excellence.”

Boporan took the Grocer Cup after being voted for by the readers of the magazine. Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer, said: “Ranjit’s move to acquire Northern, and his vision to create the UK’s biggest supplier, was brave and bold; but with his relentless focus on customer service, he has won a lot of new business from retailers, and is starting to repay the City’s faith in his ability to deliver. He’s also shown a willingness to learn from Northern Foods, reversing some of his back office systems into theirs.” 

Both winners were announced at a formal black tie awards dinner at London’s Lancaster Hotel this week (9 October).

Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, said: “It is always an honour to share the success of colleagues in the food and grocery industry who are making significant achievements through their hard work and sheer talent.

“The Food Industry Awards recognise the best-in-class and demonstrate some of the most exciting new thinking in our sector. As an industry we have a fantastic story to tell, so we should celebrate with great pride these companies and individuals that are leading the way within our industry.”

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