The frozen food industry in the United Kingdom celebrated its standout individuals and teams in the British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) People Awards ceremony held on June 16. The presentation, which took place in London as part of the BFFF Gala Dinner, paid special tribute many unsung heroes, led by people who helped ensure that consumers continued to receive food supplies throughout the worst times of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
In total 19 people and teams were recognized across 11 categories, with Nigel Broadhurst, Iceland’s former joint managing director, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award (seen in the center of above photo receiving congratulations from BFFF CEO Richard Harrow at left and BFFF President Ian Stone at right).
Other winners included Health and Safety Champion, Peter Jenkins of Dalziel Ingredients, The Ice Co’s Top Bank team that collected the Supply Chain/Logistics Team of the Year award, and Declan Henderson of Apetito, who claimed the Rising Star Award.
“Following an incredibly challenging period, the People Awards are the perfect opportunity to reward those who have gone above and beyond for their businesses, their communities and the frozen food sector,” said Richard Harrow, BFFF chief executive. “The role frozen plays in tackling issues such as food waste has never been more important, so giving those working tirelessly behind the scenes a morale boost in this way is therefore equally important.”
Award categories were open to BFFF members from both foodservice and retail sectors, as well as associate members where relevant.
The awards were judged by Robert Reader, supply chain account development director at GXO; Isaac Fisher, general manager of Pukka Pies; Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish; and Vince Craig, an independent consultant to the food industry.