Rob Unwin, Group Operations Director of Interfood Technology, receives the Best Equipment/Machinery Supplier Award from Bill Jermey, Chief Executive of the FTC (left) and Awards host Kevin Keegan (right) – Image supplied courtesy of Meat Management
Interfood Technology has made it a record four wins in the ‘Best Equipment/Machinery Supplier’ category following the presentations at the 2021 Meat Management Industry Awards. The company had received the same accolade three times previously, including most recently in 2017, in addition to receiving several other awards since the company’s formation in 1999. This 2021 win marks a significant milestone, with Interfood becoming the most prolific winner in the award category’s history.
Following the online virtual ceremony held in 2020, it was back to a live event with the awards presented at a Gala Dinner held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 9 September. Interfood Group Operations Director Rob Unwin commented – “It was an excellent evening, made all the more special by seeing so many from the food industry in the same room once again. It is important to celebrate and recognise best practice in the various facets of food production and the delight at being able to do that in the flesh was clear to see.”
James Sydenham, MD of Interfood, added – “It’s always an honour to be recognised by your peers, particularly in what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years ever for the food industry. Teamwork has never been more important and I’d like to thank all the members of the dedicated Interfood team, along with our partnering companies, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that we can continue to support our customers. We, like many in the food supply chain, have had to think about how to do things differently, adapting and learning along the way to enable us to continue to meet the challenges head on. Those challenges have not gone away but the awards clearly serve as an excellent reminder that we have a dedicated and resilient industry of which we can be proud.”
The Awards are designed to recognise exceptional performance across the whole UK industry and were hosted by football legend Kevin Keegan. Over 300 guests attended the event which saw winners announced in 20 categories – a mix of product, company and individual awards – including Dunbia who took the title ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ which was presented by Interfood.
The ‘Best Equipment/Machinery Supplier’ category was this year presented in partnership with the Food & Drink Training & Education Council (FTC) and Bill Jermey of the FTC was on hand to co-present the Award with Kevin.