Hunt on for meat processing stars

The search is on for the meat industry’s shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2015.

Companies across the sector are being urged to enter the annual awards, which recognise and reward excellence across a number of different categories.

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, said: “We’re delighted to be running these awards, which are the industry’s leading platform for celebrating excellence. The processing sector often gets overlooked when it comes to handing out prizes and we launched these awards six years ago to address that injustice.

“There are some amazing success stories out there, and these awards are the place to be highlighting those stories, and letting individuals, teams and businesses the recognition their hard work deserves.”

This year’s competition also sees the introduction of a new category into the competition – Product Developer of the Year. Bedington explains: “We are launching this new category to give the product developers the chance to shine. We want to see entries from companies that are innovating and bringing interesting new products to market. Whether that’s tapping into the consumer tastes and trends of the moment, or setting those trends with the launch of innovative new products, or coming up with ingenious new ways to deliver and package those products, we’d like to hear about it.

“This category is for those companies which are thinking outside the box and devising ideas that are driving the market forwards. We’re all very excited about this new category and think it’s a great chance for the industry to set out its stall and show who is pushing the boundaries and taking things into the future.”

There are now eight categories to enter. These include:

• Processing Business of the Year
• Small Processing Business of the Year
• Exporter of the Year
• Supply Chain Initiative of the Year
• Environmental Initiative of the Year
• Plant Manager of the Year
• Young Processor of the Year
• Product Developer of the Year

The Meat & Poultry Processing Awards takes place at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester on 26 February 2015. The event is being sponsored by Eblex, Multivac, Sealed Air, Reiser and Bizerba, while entertainment on the night is sponsored by Systems Integration.

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