The Association of Bakery Ingredients Manufacturers (abim) have today announced the winners of their inaugural Award for new product development under the auspices of the Baking Excellence scheme.

David Gow of Culloden Foods in Inverness and Gregg Norris of Fenwicks in Newcastle have each won a place on Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association's (CCFRA) "Introduction to Product Development" course on 23-24 October 2001.

In announcing the winners, abim President, John Dryden, (Managing Director, Croda Foods) said:

"I offer my congratulations to David and Gregg on winning abim's inaugural Award for new product development under the auspices of the Baking Excellence scheme.

This was not an easy decision for our judging panel to make. A number of talented applicants from a wide range of bakery businesses from the length and breadth of the country applied for this award.

David and Gregg impressed the panel with their commitment to the industry and the broad-base of their existing knowledge. Both have worked in the industry since an early age and see new product developments as an essential building block to ensuring the future success of the companies they work in.

abim seeks to encourage a spirit of innovation with its Baking Excellence Award and I am sure David and Gregg will make good use of the training they will receive at CCFRA. It gives me great pleasure to see two such deserving candidates given the opportunity to improve their skills."

abim's annual Baking Excellence Award offers two places on a product developer's course run by Accommodation costs and travelling expenses are also reimbursed.

Details on how bakers can apply for next year's award will be available from abim secretariat in April 2002. The 2002 competition will be for a course-taking place at CCFRA in October.

Paul Morrow (Managing Director, British Bakels), an abim Executive Committee member, chairs the abim panel that judges entries. Also on the panel are fellow abim members Andrew Pollard (Managing Director, Edme Ltd) and John Lindsay (Marketing Director, Arkady Craigmillar).

Notes to editors:

  1. More information on the Association can be found on our web site at http://www.abim.org.uk.
  2. abim is the UK trade association that represents the interests of UK companies who manufacture and supply a wide range of high standard ingredients to the baking industry. abim was established in 1917 and was originally known as the Bakery Allied Traders Association.
  3. abim currently has 21 full members, 1 Associate member and 1 Affiliate member. These companies have sites located throughout the UK, which represent a combined annual turnover in excess of £500 million and employ over 3,000 people.
  4. abim is affiliated to the Food & Drink Federation and is a member of FEDIMA.
  5. The President of abim is Mr. John Dryden who represents Croda Foods. An electronic photograph of Mr. Dryden is available on request, together with a photograph of the President and two Vice Presidents.
  6. Baking Excellence was formally launched on 13 March 2001 and is the product of co-operation between a group of baking industry associations including the British Society of Baking, the Worshipful Company of Bakers and the National Association of Master Bakers. It has received DfES funding towards its set up, promotion and the establishment of a website http://www.bakingexcellence.com.

Baking Excellence aims to be a single portal through which applications for a variety of awards can be channelled. It essentially acts as an umbrella organisation, which includes existing training and scholarship awards and hopefully attracts new ones.