Mearns food company wins National award

WINNER: The Awards, took place at the Institute of Directors in London, reward the contributions and dedication shown by organisations throughout the food chain for making a positive difference in their local and business communities. Macphie HR Director Sylvia Halkerston is pictured at the awards with BBC Apprentice winner Tim Campbell.
WINNER: The Awards, took place at the Institute of Directors in London, reward the contributions and dedication shown by organisations throughout the food chain for making a positive difference in their local and business communities. Macphie HR Director Sylvia Halkerston is pictured at the awards with BBC Apprentice winner Tim Campbell.

A locally-based food ingredients manufacturer, Macphie of Glenbervie, has scooped a bronze award at last week’s prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards for its work with Auchenblae Primary School.

The company was presented with the award in the education category by the event’s host Tim Campbell, the first winner of ‘The Apprentice’. It won the award for it’s S(o)uper challenge which was designed to raise awareness of the diverse range of rewarding careers in the food industry through pupils developing their own soup products. It was a three month collaborative project between Macphie, the school and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition, as part of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s schools project to raise awareness of the diverse range of rewarding careers in the industry.

Twenty-five primary school children in primary 4 and 5 took part in the challenge where they were split into teams to set up companies. Macphie employees supported the project with regular school visits as part of the Apprentice Panel to ensure the teams were progressing well. The final results were presented at a special school event where they found out which team was ‘Hired’.

Macphie Human Resources Director, Sylvia Halkerson said: “I’m thrilled that our continued work with schools has been recognized by winning this prestigious award. We’re grateful to all the teachers and children at Auchenblae Primary School for embracing the S(o)uper Apprentice challenge with such enthusiasm. This helped us show the children what kind of jobs they could be doing in the future and promote the food industry as a career destination of choice. Reports suggest bleak times ahead for young people in Scotland, and it is reassuring that companies are supporting initiatives that fit with the Curriculum for Excellence and promote an industry with real career opportunities at the end.”