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Food Processing Companies Honoured by the BC Food Processors Association

Abbotsford, B.C., June 14, 2013. Pacific Coast Fruit Products received the BC Food Processors Hall of Fame Award at the FoodProWest 2013 Awards Gala on Thursday, June 13th, 2013. Rick Gibbs of Neutron Factory Works received the Leadership Award and Legacy Pacific Group of Companies received the BCFPA Member of the Year Award, whilst the Rising Star Award was jointly won by Marlene Madsen of Island Farmhouse Poultry and Chris Ball of Reliance Insurance Agencies, and the Innovation Award to Christopher Ng of Alterrus. Phillips Brewing Co. was awarded the Sustainability Award. One new award was added last year - the Product of the Year Award was won by Big Mountain Foods for their Original Veggie Burger.

Hall of Fame Award: The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a BC company that has been in the business for 25 or more years and shows a commitment to prosperity and environmental stability. Pacific Coast Fruit Products joins Gizella’s Pastry, Vanderpol Food Group, Avalon Dairy Ltd., Purdy’s Chocolates and Freybe Gourmet Foods in the BC Food Processor’s Hall of Fame.

Other finalists for the Award were:

  • 7 Seas
  • Fine Choice Foods

This Hall of Fame Award was sponsored by SGS.

Note: Throughout this document, all nominees are listed alphabetically, not according to placement.

Leadership Award: The Leadership Award recognizes an Industry leader that provides business leadership and inspiration; makes a positive contribution to the community, practices mentorship, environmental sustainability and is a role model. Rick Gibbs of Neutron Factory Works

Other finalists for the Award were:

  • Ryan Benn, aLive Publishing
  • Kelly Hawes, Cold Star Freight

The Leadership Award was sponsored by Grant Thornton.

Member of the Year Award: The Member of the Year Award recognizes a BCFPA Member (processor or associate) that has demonstrated a high engagement level in BCFPA activities and made a contribution to industry efforts. Legacy Pacific Group of Companies (Stan Rogers and his team) excelled by supporting the BCFPA on many fronts and is also always ready to support industry and association.

Other finalists for the Member of the Year Award were:

  • Shervin Communications
  • Reliance Insurance Agencies Ltd.

The Member of the Year Award was sponsored by Farm Credit Canada.

Rising Star Award: The Rising Star Award celebrates a processor who has demonstrated innovation, shown leadership in industry and the community. The award was jointly won by Marlene Madsen of Island Farmhouse Poultry, and Chris Ball of Reliance Insurance Agencies Ltd.

Other finalists for the Rising Star Award were:

  • Corin Mullins, Holy Crap Cereal

The Rising Star Award was sponsored by MNP LLP.

Innovation Award: The Innovation Award recognizes a processor which has demonstrated innovation in any aspect of the company (e.g. processes, technology, ingredients, human resources, culture, engagement, sales and marketing, product development, health and safety, research and development). Christopher Ng of Alterrus received the award.

Other finalists for the Innovation Award were:

  • Charles Chang, Vega
  • Susan & Gary Snow, Tabletree

The Innovation Award was sponsored by Reliance Insurance Agencies Ltd.

Sustainability Award: The Sustainability Award recognizes a processor which has demonstrated energy conservation and sustainability in their operations. Phillips Brewing Co.  received the honours.

Other finalists for the Energy/ Sustainability Award were:

  • Gourmet Baker
  • Left Coast Naturals

The Sustainability Award was sponsored by BC Hydro.

Product of the Year Award: The Product of the Year Award recognizes a product that shows innovation; criteria include taste (if applicable), product packaging, marketing, innovation, and environmental impact. Big Mountain Foods with their Original Mountain Veggie Burger had the honour of winning this award  

The other finalists for the Product of the Year Award was:

  • Left Coast Naturals, Hippie Granola
  • TableTree, Black Cherry Juice

It was a very close decision, so the judging panel decided to award Honourable Mentions to:

  • Fresh Direct Produce, Tom Yum Soup
  • Happy Planet, Happy Planet Organic Soups
  • Que Pasa Mexican Food, Organic Corn Tortilla Chips and homestyle salsa
  • TheraWise, DpR Natural Baby Diaper Ointment
  • Vitala Foods, Vita D Sunshine Eggs
  • Vij’s Indian Cuisine, Vij’s Indian Cuisine
  • Vancouver Island Brewery, Hermannator Ice Bock

The Product of the Year Award was sponsored by alive Publishing Inc.

The awards were presented at FoodProWest, the premier annual gathering of BC food processors.

The event included a two-day conference, followed by the Awards Gala. During the event, attendees networked and browsed the trade show with over 30 exhibitors.

Photographs, videos and more will be posted on our website: www.bcfpa.ca; www.foodprowest.ca

“We are delighted with the fabulous work of all nominees, finalists and recipients of our awards”, said Dave Eto, BCFPA President and Chair of the Board. “They all are worthy and totally inspirational.

We are delighted that we could honour them in this way.”

“This is the fifth year of FoodProWest,” added Nico Human, BCFPA CEO. “We are very happy to see the event continue to grow. It is also a fundraiser: Proceeds of the event are used to leverage funding for industry projects that will benefit the entire industry. The event therefore not only celebrates the industry and brings its participants together; it also raises funds for the betterment of the industry as a whole.

“We are already working on FoodProWest 2014,” Human added. “The provisional date is June 11-13, 2013. Please pencil the dates in immediately!”

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The BCFPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to represent all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry, and to coordinate common industry activities and resources under one umbrella. The Association represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies.

For more information, including photographs of the officers, contact:

Adam Ford, BCFPA, 35707 Sunridge Place, Abbotsford, BC, V3G 1E5. Tel 604-504-4409  Fax 604-746-4409. [email protected].