Premier Foods scoops two prizes at FDF Awards

Sponsored by General Mills UK & Ireland, the Food and Drink Scientist Award commends individuals that have made an extraordinary contribution to the food and drink

Andy has over 20 years' experience of applying microbiology within the food industry and has gained a wealth of knowledge in processes, recipe effects, plant design and environmental controls. Colleagues value the way in which he applies his expertise, in particular the fact that he does not believe in using microbial risk as a reason to stifle innovation or bamboozle colleagues with less knowledge than himself. Instead he uses his skill and judgment to find a way to allow progress whilst always maintaining scientific integrity and credibility and never comprising consumer safety or food industry reputation.

FDF's Director of Economic and Commercial Services Steve Barnes said:

“Andy is a worthy winner who is highly regarded by the major retailers, food suppliers and other stakeholders as a significant contributor within his field. Andy is known as someone who sets an exemplary standard and never compromises his scientific integrity. As an active and passionate member of the FDF Food Hygiene Committee and several Institute of Food Science and Technology Working Groups, he makes a valuable contribution to strengthening food safety standards and driving consumer confidence in food safety.“

Category sponsor Sue Swanborough, HR Director General Mills UK, Ireland & Nordic said

“The development of market leading food brands has been key to the success of General Mills UK, Ireland & Nordic. We have a track record of impressive growth with our portfolio of brands such as Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker, Nature Valley and Jus-Rol.

“Food & drink scientists play a critical role in the development of quality products which leads not just to the success of individual companies but to broader success for the whole industry. The development of people and the recognition of their achievements is a priority for us and this is why General Mills UK, Ireland & Nordic is so proud to sponsor the Food & Drink Scientist of the Year award.“

Community Champion – Alice Cavanagh, Operative

Alice works at Cadbury's cake manufacturing site at Moreton as a front line operative and is also her site's lead Community and Charity champion, coordinating all of its activity around charitable giving. Alice has been actively fund raising and supporting her community for over 25 years, passionately supporting a number of local and
national organisations both in her role at Premier Foods and in her spare time.

Alice has completed a wealth of both fund raising and awareness activities for Premier Foods' corporate charity Macmillan this year, as well as for Clatterbridge Hospital Cancer unit, Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool and for St John's Hospice and Claire House Children's Hospice, all of which provide care for sick children and adults living with cancer.

As testimony to Alice's success as a community fund raiser she was asked to carry the Olympic Torch in June 2012 through the streets of Liverpool.

FDF's Director of Economic and Commercial Services Steve Barnes said:

“Alice has shown an unflagging commitment to engage, motivate and inspire her colleagues and senior leaders at her site to prioritise and be enthusiastic about charitable giving. We are delighted to award Alice with the FDF Community Champion Award; her personal commitment and endeavours to go the extra mile should be an
example to us all.“

Winner's case studies are accessible here

The 2015 FDF Awards will launch on 18 November 2015. More information on the FDF Awards available here.

Photography available on the FDF's Flickr Site

1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's
largest manufacturing sector.
2. Full details of all the winning company initiatives available here
3. Premier Foods is the UK's largest food producer headquartered in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
4. General Mills is one of the world's larger food companies, with offices or manufacturing facilities in more
than 30 countries.