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Food Processing Companies Honoured by the BC Food Processors Association
June 14, 2013

Abbotsford, B.C., June 14, 2013. Pacific Coast Fruit Products received the BC Food Processors Hall of Fame Award at the FoodProWest 2013 Awards Gala on Thursday, June 13th, 2013. Rick Gibbs of Neutron Factory Works received the Leadership Award and Legacy Pacific Group of Companies received the BCFPA Member of the Year Award, whilst the Rising Star Award was jointly won by Marlene Madsen of Island Farmhouse Poultry and Chris Ball of Reliance Insurance Agencies, and the Innovation Award to Christopher Ng of Alterrus. Phillips Brewing Co. was awarded the Sustainability Award. One new award was added last year - the Product of the Year Award was won by Big Mountain Foods for their Original Veggie Burger.

Hall of Fame Award: The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a BC company that has been in the business for 25 or more years and shows a commitment to prosperity and environmental stability. Pacific Coast Fruit Products joins Gizella’s Pastry, Vanderpol Food Group, Avalon Dairy Ltd., Purdy’s Chocolates and Freybe Gourmet Foods in the BC Food Processor’s Hall of Fame.

Other finalists for the Award were:

7 Seas Fine
Choice Foods

This Hall of Fame Award was sponsored by SGS.

Note: Throughout this document, all nominees are listed alphabetically, not according to placement.

Leadership Award: The Leadership Award recognizes an Industry leader that provides business leadership and inspiration; makes a positive contribution to the community, practices mentorship, environmental sustainability and is a role model. Rick Gibbs of Neutron Factory Works

Other finalists for the Award were:

Ryan Benn, aLive Publishing
Kelly Hawes, Cold Star Freight

The Leadership Award was sponsored by Grant Thornton. Member of the Year Award: The Member of the Year Award recognizes a BCFPA Member (processor or associate) that has demonstrated a high engagement level in BCFPA activities and made a contribution to industry efforts. Legacy Pacific Group of Companies (Stan Rogers and his team) excelled by supporting the BCFPA on many fronts and is also always ready to support industry and association.

Other finalists for the Member of the Year Award were:

Shervin Communications
Reliance Insurance Agencies Ltd.

The Member of the Year Award was sponsored by Farm Credit Canada.

Rising Star Award: The Rising Star Award celebrates a processor who has demonstrated innovation, shown leadership in industry and the community. The award was jointly won by Marlene Madsen of Island Farmhouse Poultry, and Chris Ball of Reliance Insurance Agencies Ltd.

Other finalists for the Rising Star Award were:

Corin Mullins, Holy Crap Cereal

The Rising Star Award was sponsored by MNP LLP.

Innovation Award: The Innovation Award recognizes a processor which has demonstrated innovation in any aspect of the company (e.g. processes, technology, ingredients, human resources, culture, engagement, sales and marketing, product development, health and safety, research and development). Christopher Ng of Alterrus received the award.

Other finalists for the Innovation Award were:

Charles Chang, Vega
Susan & Gary Snow, Tabletree

The Innovation Award was sponsored by Reliance Insurance Agencies Ltd.

Sustainability Award: The Sustainability Award recognizes a processor which has demonstrated energy conservation and sustainability in their operations. Phillips Brewing Co. received the honours.

Other finalists for the Energy/ Sustainability Award were:

Gourmet Baker
Left Coast Naturals

The Sustainability Award was sponsored by BC Hydro.

Product of the Year Award: The Product of the Year Award recognizes a product that shows innovation; criteria include taste (if applicable), product packaging, marketing, innovation, and environmental impact. Big Mountain Foods with their Original Mountain Veggie Burger had the honour of winning this award

The other finalists for the Product of the Year Award was:

Left Coast Naturals, Hippie Granola Tabletree,
Black Cherry Juice

It was a very close decision, so the judging panel decided to award Honourable Mentions to:

Direct Produce, Tom Yum Soup
Happy Planet, Happy Planet Organic Soups
Que Pasa Mexican Food, Organic Corn Tortilla Chips and homestyle salsa
TheraWise, DpR Natural Baby Diaper Ointment
Vitala Foods, Vita D Sunshine Eggs
Vij’s Indian Cuisine, Vij’s Indian Cuisine
Vancouver Island Brewery, Hermannator Ice Bock

The Product of the Year Award was sponsored by alive Publishing Inc.

 

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