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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

By Michael Stones

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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).

The youngster’s achievements were recognised in front of hundreds of industry guests at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last Thursday evening (November 20).  

In this video interview, filmed after Adcock received the trophy from category sponsor Marcus Brasier, md with b3 jobs, she explained her reaction to winning the coveted award.

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.

‘Jodie really stood out’

The FMEA awards’ independent judging panel – led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of National Skills Academy and chairman 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 management development and continuous improvement experts CQM Training & Consultancy. She initially achieved a level two apprenticeship in operational performance, and subsequently progressed on to an apprenticeship in level three Food manufacturing excellence.

Industry leader of tomorrow

Jodie’s passion to acquire new skills marked her out as a future industry leader of tomorrow, the judges agreed unamimously.

The video features in chronological order: Mike Stones, group editor Food Manufacture, awards host TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith and Brasier.

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.

Ceo of sandwich specialist Greencore, Patrick Coveney won the prestigious food manufacturing Personality of the Year​ title. Dawn Meats won the overall title Food Manufacturing Company of the Year.

Read the full list of FMEA winners and finalists here​.

Meanwhile, could your business receive the recognition it deserves at next year’s food and drink manufacturing awards?. Register your interest in the FMEAs 2015 here​.

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