Vitacress claim two wins at UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards
Vitacress are delighted to have picked up two awards at the prestigious UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards: Unsung Hero and Initiative in Growing or R&D.
Carrie Hutchings was named as Unsung Hero in the awards, which were voted for by FPJ subscribers. Carrie is a PA with a difference, who has been at Vitacress for more than 20 years. While her official job title is Personal Assistant to our CEO Toby Brinsmead; she also puts a huge amount of work into other roles which go way beyond the usual scope of a PA and make a significant contribution to the business. These include, but are by no means limited to:
- Day to day management of the Vitacress Conservation Trust, a charity focusing on environmental initiatives associated with salad and watercress crop production
- Leading on securing Vitacress’ ISO accreditation in sustainability
- Organising the annual Chalkstream Forum
We’re delighted that Carrie’s ongoing dedication has been rewarded in this way.
The major investment we have made in our herb facility at Runcton also saw Vitacress claim top spot in the Initiative in Growing or R&D category. The state of the art facility consists of five hectares of production space, with an additional refrigerated packing area to ensure all pots are packed in a cool chain environment.
Meanwhile Chris Page was named Runner up in the Young Person of the Year award. Chris Page joined Vitacress, in September 2007 as a Manufacturing Apprentice and has since worked his way up to become a ‘Multi-Skilled Maintenance Engineer’, qualifying to level 3 Mechanical. His role is pivotal to the smooth running of the business and in ensuring that Vitacress salads are packed and washed efficiently and to the highest standards.
For more information on the awards visit: http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/171074/uk-fruit-vegetable-awards-winners-revealed