Young's net accolade
GRIMSBY'S biggest private employer, Young's Seafood Ltd, has been named Protein Manufacturing Company of the Year at the prestigious Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
It is recognition of the work undertaken to encourage consumers to meet government guidelines of eating fish twice a week, and for its Fish For Life programme.
The end-to-end supply chain excellence of the UK's leading seafood business and the significant integration programmes that have taken place – bringing more jobs to Grimsby as manufacturing of 183 additional products was brought into North East Lincolnshire – were also highlighted.
Judges, led by Paul Wilkinson, who chairs the food and drink sector skills council Improve – said Young's has led the way in encouraging consumers to eat more fish and driving growth in the seafood category through targeted new product development. "Young's does so many things right. It is a fantastic company and a pioneer in so many ways," said Mr Wilkinson.
A delighted Pete Ward, chief operating officer at Young's, was at the gala dinner event at The Park Lane Hilton in London to receive the accolade. He said: "I would like to thank everybody at Young's Seafood Ltd for all of their work in promoting the two times a week message through a different number of channels. It has been promoted in the media, in speeches at events, in internal communications and through the use of social media. Young's recognises the healthy benefits of fish and is keen to do all it can to get consumers eating it as part of a healthy, balanced diet."
He also praised the 3,200 staff, the majority of whom are now in Grimsby, for their response to major consolidation within the business, with sites that have been closed or drastically scaled down in East Anglia, the North West and the North East.
"We are also really pleased to have had our change programme and integration work over the past year recognised," Mr Ward said. "We've had to make some tough choices about our manufacturing operations in the new reality of the macro-economic environment and to achieve our long term objectives. Our staff at all of our sites have been excellent and continued to produce great products meeting and exceeding customer expectations. This award is a credit to them."