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Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last night


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Thorntons’ youngster wins sweet success in manufacturing awards

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last night (November 20).

Jodie’s achievements were recognised in front of hundreds of industry guests, as she collected the trophy from award sponsor Marcus Brasier, md with b3 jobs. They were joined on stage by the awards host and star TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith.

The new Young Talent award celebrates the achievement of one of the rising stars of food and drink manufacturing. Choosing the winner from a field of six very high calibre entrants proved an incredibly daunting task, according to the judges.

The FMEA awards’ independent judging panel – led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of National Skills Academy and non executive director of Thorntons – praised Jodie’s skill, maturity and track record of continuous improvement. The judges concluded: “Jodie really stood out; demonstrating the confidence and ability to deliver positive results when she was given extra responsibilities, which brought real financial benefits to her employer.”

Jodie completed two consecutive apprenticeships on site at Thorntons with highly respected management development and CI experts CQM Training & Consultancy Ltd initially achieving a level two Apprenticeship in Operational Performance, and subsequently progressing on to an apprenticeship in level three Food Manufacturing Excellence. Jodie’s passion to acquire new skills marked her out as a future industry leader of tomorrow, the judges agreed.

Peter Booth, Managing Director of CQM Training & Consultancy commented, ‘We are extremely proud of Jodie’s significant achievement in being the 1st ever winner of the Young Talent award. To have her apprenticeship training recognised in such a way is a great accolade for both CQM T&C and Thorntons’.

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Also shortlisted in this category were: Benjamin Bowman, from OAL Olympus Automation, Matthew Glynn, Windyridge Cheese, Jessica Lowe, from Hovis, Alice Marks, of Willowbrook Foods and Amy Watson, from The Fresh Olive Company.

Meanwhile, Patrick Coveney, ceo of sandwich specialist Greencore, won the coveted Food Personality of the Year title.

The annual FMEAs, organised by William Reed Business Media’s Food Manufacture Group, now in their 14th year, have become the premier event in the food and drink manufacturing calendar.

FMEA awards were also made in the following categories:

  • Ambient manufacturing company of the year
  • Bakery manufacturing company of the year
  • Best New Use of Food Ingredients
  • Beverages manufacturing company of the year
  • Chilled and Dairy Manufacturing Company of the year
  • Environmental Initiative of the year
  • Meat and Poultry Manufacturing Company of the year
  • Supply Chain Initiative of the year
  • Small and medium-sized enterprise innovation of the year
  • Training Programme of the Year
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