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Food Processing Companies Honoured by the BC Food Processors Association

Olympic Dairy received the BC Food Processors Hall of Fame Award at the FoodProWest 2014 Awards Gala on Thursday, June 12th, 2014. Elizabeth Crudgington of Quest Outreach received the Leadership Award and Ideon Packaging received the BCFPA Member of the Year Award, whilst the Rising Star Award was won by Andrew Tait of Tait Labs, and the Innovation Award went to Yves Potvin of Garden Protein. Earth Renu was awarded the Sustainability Award. The Product of the Year Award was shared:  Gold to Northern Divine/Target Marine,  Silver to Vij’s Inspired Indian Cuisine and Bronze to Left Coast Naturals.

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. Olympic Dairy joins Pacific Coast Fruit Products, 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. Elizabeth Crudgington of Quest Outreach received the award.

Other finalists for the Award were:

  • Jason Longden, Gourmet Baker
  • Davis Yung, Fresh Direct Produce

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. Ideon Packaging 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
  • Vitalus Nutrition Inc. / Vanderpol’s Food Group

The Member of the Year Award was sponsored by the BC Food Processors Association.

Rising Star Award: The Rising Star Award celebrates a processor who has demonstrated innovation, shown leadership in industry and the community. The award was won by Andrew Tait of Tait Labs.

Other finalists for the Rising Star Award were:

  • Catherine Anderson, Hidden Garden/Trugs Gourmet Food
  • Tracy Lydiatt, Great Bear Patties

The Rising Star Award was sponsored by Great Little Box Company Ltd.

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). Yves Potvin of Garden Protein received the award.

Other finalists for the Innovation Award were:

  • Corin Mullins, Holy Crap Cereal
  • Rakesh Raniga, IndianLife Food

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. Earth Renu received the honours.

Other finalists for the Energy/ Sustainability Award were:

  • Ethical Bean Coffee
  • 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.

Twenty-five companies participated in a Dragon’s Den style judging competition on May 16th before a panel of judges. Gold was awarded to Target Marine Hatcheries for their Northern Divine Caviar. Silver was awarded to Vij’s Inspired Indian Cuisine for their Chicken Currey with Kalonji Spice. Bronze went to Left Coast Naturals for their Hippie Snacks Coconut Chips.

The Product of the Year Award was sponsored by MNP LLP.

The awards were presented at FoodProWest, the premier annual gathering of BC food processors. The event included a buyers’ day and conference, followed by the Awards Gala. During the event, attendees networked and browsed the trade shows with over 60 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 sixth 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 2015,” Human added. “The provisional date is June 11-13,
2015. Please pencil the dates in immediately!