Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2013

The Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (M&PPA) took place in Manchester last night, with guests from across the industry celebrating the sector’s many triumphs.

DB Foods bagged Processing Business of the Year, as well as Supply Chain Initiative of the Year, in what was a tough competition.

The Young Processor of the Year went to Robert Pattinson and Moy Park received the Environmental Initiative of the Year.

Randall Parker Foods was awarded Export Initiative of the Year, Zaggy Zachariou took the Plant Manager of the Year award. Small Processing Business of the Year went to Houghton Hams.

Patrick Bayer and Mark Hinton from DB Foods said: “As a business we’re new into processing, and we’ve only recently opened two factories for red meat and white meat in the last three to four years. We’ve built up an interesting portfolio.

“It has been long, hard work from a dedicated team of staff and a dedicated management team who have invested in these facilities.”

On receiving the awards and what it means for the business, they added: “[It means] recognition of our efforts from the industry. Meat Trades Journal is something we’ve respected for a long time and we’re immensely proud.”

Pattinson, who joined Freeman’s 18 months ago, said the business had grown about 240% this year. “I changed the flow of the factory, altered everyone’s contracts, altered the way we work and put in a new computer system,” he said.

“We are just about to launch another offsight to the business and this will just help.”

Pattinson was told he would get funded by Freeman’s to go to university and do an MBA upon winning the award. “That’s what I wanted to do, so this MBA will take Freeman’s to the next level,” he said.

Nigel Wagstaff from Houghton Hams said: “We’ve been in the business for 30 years and I guess that maybe we felt it was the right time to put our hat in the ring. As a family business, we brought somebody in to do the presentation and actually put it all together for us, because we felt that we needed to do that.”

On what the award means to his business, he said: “I don’t think money could buy it. We’re about to start trading with DB Foods and they’ve won two awards. They can now look at us with a different perception of what we can achieve for them as a supplier. Within the industry, it’s a great award for us to win. We’ll savour it and enjoy the year.”

Zacharious said: “I’m really, really chuffed. Although my name is on the plaque, we are very much a team business with a great team base and a great set of people, managers, suppliers and fantastic customers, with whom we work really closely.”

The awards, which took place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester, were sponsored by Bizerba, Eblex, the Meat Training Council, MRC - the Flava People and Reiser UK. Entertainment on the awards evening was sponsored by Systems Integration.

They were also supported by all the major industry bodies, The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, the British Poultry Council, the British Meat Processors Association, the International Meat Trade Association, the Provision Trade Federation and the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers.


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