Dunbia the toast of Co-op

Meat processor Dunbia were the big winners on the night at a charity gala evening organised by the Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG).

The Dungannon company shared the Supreme Supplier of the Year award with Robert Wiseman Dairies at the Charity Supplier Awards Dinner, which was held at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.

The awards recognise companies which have made a significant contribution to the CRTG in the past 12 months, whilst at the same time raising money for good causes. This year's dinner raised over half a million pounds.

Co-operative food retail MD Tim Hurrell said: “The awards evening was an overwhelming success and I’d like to thank the suppliers involved for their tremendous generosity and support in helping to make the evening such a special occasion, and also for their contribution to the success of CRTG throughout the past year.

Dunbia also won Best British Product for its 100% Fresh British Beef. Other big charity winners included the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, the British Heart Foundation, Help the Hospices and Macmillan Cancer Support.

TV presenter Chris Tarrant helped raise £50,000 on the night for the Variety Club of Great Britain, through a charity auction with a selection of lots including a trip to New York, a brand new Mini Cooper 1.6, £5,000 in Co-operative Travel vouchers and tickets to see Beyonce at the 02 Arena with accommodation in a five-star London hotel.

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