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New award to celebrate up-and-coming potato heroes

A new award has been launched by AHDB aimed at recognising up-and-coming, passionate and dedicated individuals in Great Britain’s potato industry.


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2015 Potato Industry Award winner, Nick Vermont
2015 Potato Industry Award winner, Nick Vermont

It comes on the 20th anniversary of the Potato Industry Award, to be presented at the AHDB seed industry event dinner, Fife, Scotland on November 3.

 

AHDB potatoes sector strategy director, Dr Rob Clayton, said: “Many unsung potato heroes go above and beyond in their role to make a positive impact on the potato supply chain and we feel the industry should have the opportunity to recognise their efforts.

 

“We are calling for nominations of individuals such as store managers, field persons and agronomists who support businesses and research establishments. Those people deeply involved in making things work on the ground.”

 

Recipients can be at any stage of their career, but must have made a difference to Great Britain’s potato industry.

 

Looking back to 1997, the launch year of the original Potato Industry Award, Jim Godfrey OBE said: “The purpose of the award was simple, to sing the praises of and showcase the best of the British potato industry.

 

“Our enthusiastic, energetic and innovative sector is full of great people and it’s vital they receive recognition from their peers. This is just as important 20 years on.”

 

The first ever recipient of the award was Charles (Mac) McCarthy, McCain Foods, then chairman and a pioneer of the British frozen chip industry.

 

Nominations for the AHDB Above and Beyond Award can be submitted for a significant achievement from over the last five years. They can be entered online at potatoes.ahdb.org.uk/awards. The closing date for submissions is 3 October 2016.

 


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