At the AD and Biogas Industry Awards ceremony this month, Muntons Stowmarket won the award for the ‘Best food and drink industry AD project.’ This was a highly contested category for UK food and drink companies sponsored by HRS Heat Exchangers.
The annual Industry awards event was held at the Vox conference centre, Birmingham with the ceremony hosted by Charlotte Smith, presenter of radio 4’s farming today programme. Dr Nigel Davies, Muntons Manufacturing and Sustainability Director collected the award on behalf of the company and was accompanied by Ryland Cairns, Lawrence Howes, Paul Mead and Phil Jacobs, members of the Muntons team who manage and run the AD plant on a day-to-day basis.
The awards ceremony is a major event on the AD calendar, attracting over 400 people to the evening ceremony. This year the mood was uplifting, as was the lighting for the event which threw a wonderful purple hew on the assembled guests.
On the Muntons table celebrating their success were representatives from Stemar, Ener-G, Biosystems and Enprotech; businesses key to Muntons AD plant success.
Nigel Davies said: “To win this award means a great deal to us. Our site services manager, Mick Cochrane was the driving force behind our AD project but sadly he passed away just before the project was completed. His legacy is the Muntons AD plant, which now generates 13% of our Stowmarket plant electricity, has enabled us to significantly reduce waste tanker movements and more importantly provides us with a biofertiliser which we can offer back to the farmer to enrich the soil on which our raw material, malting barley, is grown.
Winning the award for ‘Best Food and Drink Industry AD project’ reinforces Muntons commitment to Practical Sustainability, as they have coined it, providing reassurance that they at the forefront of the food and drink industries with their environmental investments.