Copas founder wins lifetime achievement award
The founder of Copas Traditional Turkeys has been given a lifetime achievement award, recognising his outstanding contribution and commitment to the turkey industry.
Tom Copas was given the Rupert Chalmers Watson Award at this year’s British Turkey Awards, and his win was voted forward by industry peers.
The award was given not only because of his contribution to the industry, but also its people, its producers and his determination to produce the best Christmas turkey in the UK.
Commenting on the award, Copas said: “As a relatively small turkey farmer, compared to the company at the British Turkey Awards, I’m honoured to have been recognised for my contribution to the industry. It is a wonderful industry to be part of, full of support, great people, and a lot of fun. It has given me great pleasure over the years.”
In a bid to produce the best Christmas turkey available in the UK, Copas expanded his business from owning 150 turkeys on his 18th birthday to 40,000 today.
Although he no longer manages the business on a day-to-day basis, it still remains in the family with his three daughters and son having taken over the management of the firm.
Each turkey is plucked by hand and game-hung for 14 days on the farm, which creates their unique taste.
The company has previously been recognised at the British Turkey Awards, and this year alone it has won DBA Design Effectiveness Award, 3 Great Taste Awards and has been shortlisted for the Meat & Fish category in the Quality Food Awards, which have yet to be announced.
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