The best and the brightest stars of the frozen industry were recognised at the British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) first ever People Awards.

Andy Breffit, commercial director of Hopwells (centre)
receives the Lifetime Achievement award from John Hyman
BFFF Chief executive (left) & compere Dr David Bull.

The awards were presented at a glittering event at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotel, following the BFFF’s Annual Business Conference. Finalists were invited to an exclusive Finalists’ Reception before the awards dinner, where they celebrated their achievements amongst their peers.

The first-of-its-kind awards was launched by BFFF to raise the profile of the unsung heroes of the frozen food industry. Nominations were submitted by the finalists’ manager or team leader and covered a wide range of job roles and experience.

The awards received entries from across the industry with the overall champions being selected from 10 categories including Commercial Champion, Purchaser/Buyer of the Year and Factory Manager of the Year.

Highlights of the night included the Rising Star and the Lifetime Achievement awards. The Rising Star award was won by Chris Healey, site manager at XPO Supply Chain UK. He was praised for: “delivering clear and tangible benefits to every part of the business he’s involved in. Chris is a true rising star and a prime example of the great and talented people we are so fortunate to have in the frozen food industry.”

The Lifetime Achievement award went to Andy Breffit, commercial director of Hopwells, one of the UK’s largest independent frozen food distributors. He was recognised for his contribution to the frozen food industry. Being presented with the award, Mr Breffit was described as ‘as an excellent mentor who commercially is renowned for striking the sharpest of deals’, all qualities which have earned him this prestigious award.

Commenting on the winners, John Hyman, BFFF chief executive, said: “These awards are a real triumph for all the winners and their companies and teams should be incredibly proud of their achievements.”

He added: “We launched the People Awards to celebrate the unsung heroes that continuously drive the frozen food industry to be the dynamic and developing sector that it is. The standard of entries we received was exceptional and it was really encouraging to see how many industry leaders put forward members of their teams that they believe are deserving of recognition.”


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