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Friday 21 November, 2014

Coca-Cola Enterprises cracks open a top trophy in manufacturing awards

Coca-Cola Enterprises wins food and drink manufacturing Oscar

Beverage giant Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the coveted Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last night (November 20).

The firm’s achievements were recognised in front of hundreds of industry guests, as CCE’s vice president of supply chain Richard Davies collected the award from FMEA judge Jonathan Bayne, technical manager at Waitrose. They were joined on stage by the awards host and star TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith.

The FMEA awards’ independent judging panel – led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of National Skills Academy and non executive director of Thorntons – praised CCE’s track record of investment in its facilities, people, while meeting green targets launching new products. “Coca-Cola Enterprises has responded to consumer demand for more low- and no-calorie drinks, most recently with the launch of Coca-Cola Life.”

The judges also highlighted the high quality of the firm’s awards entry. “CCE was a very strong entry, demonstrating progress across a range of criteria – from product innovation and manufacturing efficiency to its positive work with local communities.”

The business employs about 4,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales. It has six manufacturing sites across Britain, producing more than 255M cases of soft drinks per annum. This year witnessed the 50th anniversary of CCE’s East Kilbride site and 25 years at its huge Wakefield site.

Last year, 39% of CCE’s products sold in Britain were zero or low-calorie drinks. By the end of the year, it has pledged to reduce the average calorie per litre in its range of carbonated drinks by 5%.

The business fought off stiff competition from fellow short-listed firms: Savse Smoothies and brewer Daniel Thwaites.

Meanwhile, Patrick Coveney, ceo of sandwich specialist Greencore, won the coveted Food Personality of the Year title.

The annual FMEAs, organised by William Reed Business Media’s Food Manufacture Group, now in their 14th year, have become the premier event in the food and drink manufacturing calendar.

FMEA awards were also made in the following categories:

  • Ambient manufacturing company of the year
  • Bakery manufacturing company of the year
  • Chilled and dairy manufacturing company of the year
  • Environmental Initiative of the year
  • Meat, poultry and seafood manufacturing company of the year
  • Best new use of food ingredients
  • Supply chain initiative
  • Training programme of the year
  • Judges' star performer
  • Small and medium-sized enterprise innovation of the year
  • Young Talent of the Year

Notes for editors

The Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards are organised by the Food Manufacture Group, part of William Reed Business Media. The group includes, with its free breaking news newsletter delivered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the monthly Food Manufacture magazine and face-to-face events including the Business Leaders’ Forum and the Food Safety Conference. The group has also staged free access webinars on obesity with the Institute of Food Science & Technology, food labelling and energy saving for manufacturers.

For more information about CCE, contact Olivia Hughes at

For more information about the FMEAs, contact: Mike Stones, group editor, Food Manufacture on 01293 610256 or on 0796 470 6627 or email

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