UK: Sparkling line-up of the very best at Fresh Awards 2014

The UK fresh produce industry celebrated the outstanding achievements of a top group of winners and finalists of the Fresh Produce Consortium's Fresh Awards 2014 last Thursday. The main sponsors of the 2014 Fresh Awards are Florette and Prophet.

AC Goatham team, with far left: presenter Patrick Kielty, and far right: Simon Dryell, UK Sales Director of It’sFresh! sponsor of the award.

Overall Fresh Produce Business of the Year, sponsored by It'sFresh!, was awarded to AC Goatham & Son. "A commitment to sharing the benefits of trading relationships is the key to AC Goatham & Son's achievements and recognition as the best by the fresh produce industry," said Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of FPC.

Chris Mack, Executive Chairman of Fresca Group, was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Florette. "Chris is universally known in the industry," commented Nigel Jenney. "His commitment to the business, its growers, customers and people makes him a popular winner of this award."

Over 450 people attended the Fresh Awards, hosted by Irish funny man and TV/radio presenter Patrick Kielty at the InterContinental on Park Lane. Seventeen awards were presented by Patrick Kielty and the individual sponsor of each award.

"The Fresh Awards are the ultimate accolade from the UK fresh produce industry to its very best. We're delighted to recognise strong leadership, innovation and business acumen among this year's finalists and winners," said Nigel Jenney.

Individual Excellence awards sponsored by NSA Food & Drink:
Young Person of the Year: Victoria Mason, Buyer, The Waitrose Garden.
Manager of the Year: James Judd, Category Manager, Fresh Produce Morrisons.

Supply Chain Excellence awards sponsored by the Fresh Produce Consortium:
Wholesale Supplier of the Year: Nationwide Produce Plc.
Floral Supplier of the Year: GT Flowers.
Foodservice Supplier of the Year: Mack Southampton.
Supermarket Supplier of the Year: A C Goatham & Son.

Retailer Excellence Awards sponsored by QV Foods:
Independent Retailer of the Year: Rhubarb & Bramley, in Carshalton, Surrey.
Convenience Retailer of the Year: Tesco Express.
Multiple Retailer of the Year: Asda.
Floral Retailer of the Year sponsored by Zyon UK: Tesco.

FPC asked shoppers to vote online for the winners of the Convenience Retailer, Multiple Retailer and Floral Retailer awards.
Marketing Campaign of the Year sponsored by Prophet: Aldi.
CSR Excellence Award sponsored by Morrisons
: Albert Bartlett.
Innovation of the Year sponsored by FPC: Thanet Earth and Hadlow College.
Best Place to Work sponsored by Freeths: Worldwide Fruit.

A special award was given by the London Produce Show to Westlands for the Best Booth at the London Produce Show.

For more information:
Siân Thomas
Fresh Produce Consortium
Tel: +44 (0) 1733 405792

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