Dunbia scoops Processor of the Year award

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Dunbia, the leading UK supplier and processor, was named Processor of the Year last night at the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2011.

The awards, which are organised by Meat Trades Journal, are aimed at recognising and rewarding some of the best companies and projects across the meat and poultry processing sector.

Judges said that Dunbia had a “strong sense of identity” coupled with an “unwavering focus on delivering superb service to its customers”. They added: “Dunbia’s investment in innovation, people and the environment were all impressive, as was its commitment to its local community and its wider supply chain.”

The awards were supported by the British Meat Processors Association, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers Federation, the British Poultry Council and the Provision Trade Federation. Sponsors included Bizerba, Eblex, the Meat Training Council, Reiser UK and Systems Integration.

Other winners on the night included Corrina Firth of Cranswick Country Foods, who was named Young Processor of the Year, and David Palmer of Daysdrove, who was Plant Manager of the Year.

R Hey & Sons scooped the award for Export Initiative of the Year, Randall Parker Foods won for Supply Chain Initiative and John R Dowey & Sons was named the Small Processing Business of the Year.

Kookaburra was awarded the Environmental Initiative of the Year for its introduction of floor-based sluice vacuum points, which has led to a dramatic change in how it handles waste and water conservation.

Ed Bedington, editor of Meat Trades Journal, said: "The Meat & Poultry Processing Awards highlight all that is good about our industry. The judges had a hard time in choosing the winners from our finalists. I'd like to thank everyone who entered and congratulate our worthy winners on the night."

The finalists at last night's event were:

Environmental Initiative of the Year
• Kookaburra, County Durham
• Tulip, Cornwall
• Whitmuir Organics, West Linton

Export Initiative of the Year
• CH Fresh, Warwickshire
• R Hey & Sons, West Yorkshire
• Randall Parker Foods

Plant Manager of the Year
• Rosie Emerson, 2 Sisters Food Group
• Craig Maguire, Walkers Charnwood Bakery
• David Palmer, Daysdrove

Processing Business of the Year
• Dunbia, Dungannon
• Ensors, Gloucestershire
• Kookaburra, County Durham

Small Processing Business of the Year
• John R Dowey & Son, Lurgan
• Shazan Foods, Preston
• Whitmuir Organics, West Linton

Supply Chain Initiative of the Year
• Dunbia, Dungannon
• OSI Food Solutions, Scunthorpe
• Randall Parker Foods

Young Processor of the Year
• Corrina Firth, Cranswick
• Alistair Lyle, ABP
• Elaine Willis, Linden Foods

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