Stonehaven-based food ingredients manufacturer, Macphie of Glenbervie, scooped a bronze award at today’s prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards for its work with Auchenblae Primary School.
The company was presented with the award in the education category by the event’s host Tim Campbell, the first winner of the hit BBC show ‘The Apprentice’, for its S(o)uper Apprentice Challenge. The challenge was designed to raise awareness of the diverse range of rewarding careers in the food industry through pupils developing their own soup products.
The Awards, took place at the Institute of Directors in London, reward the contributions and dedication shown by organisations throughout the food chain for making a positive difference in their local and business communities.
FDF Director of Communications, Terry Jones said: “FDF’s Community Partnership Awards recognise the tremendous positive contribution UK food and drink companies make to society. Despite the many challenges businesses are facing, our sector has remained committed to making a positive difference, be it by reducing their environmental impact or by supporting local schools. This year’s winners are an inspiration to all businesses, both in and out of the food chain, and show not only what can be achieved when companies are committed to making a positive difference, but also why our sector is a such great place to be.”
Macphie Human Resources Director, Sylvia Halkerson said: “I’m thrilled that our continued work with schools has been recognized by winning this prestigious award. We’re grateful to the wonderful teachers and children at Auchenblae Primary School for embracing the S(o)uper Apprentice challenge with such enthusiasm. This helped us show the children what jobs they could be doing in the future and promote the food industry as a career destination of choice. Reports suggest bleak times ahead for young people in Scotland, and it is reassuring that companies and the SFDF are supporting initiatives that fit with the Curriculum for Excellence and promote an industry with real career opportunities at the end.”