Simpson is the recipient of the Alfred Stauder Award for Excellence, which recognises lifetime service to the confectionery industry in Australasia. "This is a wonderful, but very unexpected honour that the industry has given to me. I know that the past awardees have been very highly thought of in the industry and to be included amongst those people is certainly an honour and a privilege,” he said.
"It has been wonderful to be closely involved with the confectionery industry over the past 40 years. I've certainly enjoyed the relationship with so many people in an industry that has such a rich history and stands for having fun."
Tim Piper, the Head of the Confectionery Sector of the Australian Industry Group, presented Simpson with the award and said he had been an integral part of the industry with Manildra Group and deserved recognition.
"Peter Simpson, or Simmo as he is known to all, has been involved in the administration of the confectionery sector for many years and has been instrumental in forging new opportunities for confectioners in Australia and New Zealand in particular, and globally as well. He has played very important roles over decades in managing and supporting the industry's renowned annual conferences … he and Manildra have been great partners with the Australian confectionery industry.”