Key players in the free range egg industry were recognized by their peers during the annual conference of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) in Birmingham.
The Free Range Awardshighlight excellence from companies and individuals who make sustained and positive contributions to the egg industry.
The large producer of the year award was given to Richard and Andy Higgins for their excellent performance and attention to detail to lower down costs and be super-efficient.
Small producer of the year was given to Paul and Shelly Traves in Lincolnshire for being passionate with their birds. They were praised for their consistently excellent attention to detail around hen welfare.
Winning the retailer of the year award was Booths Supermarkets because of their effort to promote free range eggs, resulting to 30 percent sales increase during the promotion and 11 percent following the promotion.
Farmlay Eggs in Scotland won the food business of the year award for its use of innovation and technology and developing strong relationship with Aldi, the leading discount supermarket in the world.
Chippindale Foods won marketing initiative of the year award for establishing nine successful British bumblebee habitats on Yorkshire farms and raising public awareness for the bumblebee population decline through extensive marketing and PR activity.
Named as breakthrough of the year was the HIPRA Evalon Coccidiosis Vaccine. It provides lifetime immunity to coccidiosis, a known poultry disease.
Susie Macmillan of The Macs Farm in East Sussex won the special one-off free range champion award for her dedicated work on public engagement for the free range egg sector.
David Hodson of Rosehill Agricultural Company got the lifetime achievement award. He was an inspiration to the development of vaccine auditing and first live salmonella vaccine. Judges said that “his expertise in these areas undoubtedly helped ease the catastrophic effects of poultry diseases to the industry, especially in the dark days of ND and IBD epidemics.”