The 2019 National Egg & Poultry Awards acknowledge the exceptional contribution made by our people in taking the British poultry sector from strength to strength.
Poultry Business of the Year Traditional Norfolk Poultry
Breeding Unit of the Year Leggygowan Eggs
TNP is a free-range higher welfare poultry business supplying the market with both free-range chicken and free-range turkey to extremely high specifications.
Formed over 30 years ago growing a handful of turkeys it is now one of the leading independent free-range producers in the UK. The business’ poultry is grown in East Anglia where it is given an abundance of environmental enrichment, last year some of the turkeys even had musical instruments to play with which caused endless enjoyment for the turkeys and much amusement to the farming teams.
Leggygowan Eggs is a family run broiler breeder unit which has been producing hatching eggs for Moy Park since May 2013.
It has produced six crops of birds.The Kirks started with two bird houses and 16,000 birds and in 2018 built a third house, bringing the total to 24,000. All eggs to date have been hand packed. The farm is set off a country road just outside Saintfield in County Down and is located on the outskirts of the Kirks’ 160-acre home farm, where they also have 50 suckler cows with young stock taken through to beef.
Egg Packer of the Year Chippindale Foods
Egg Producer of the Year J P Maughan & Sons
Chippindale Foods has been packing eggs for the UK retail and food service market since 1930. In 2018, it became part of Morrisons Manufacturing, bought by Wm Morrison as part of its vertical integration strategy.
Chippindale Foods directly employs 50 staff including 28 in the packing centre, as well as jobs in technical and operational support. Being part of the Morrisons’ business means the site is now one of 18 manufacturing sites and 8,000 manufacturing colleagues.
Farming in the Tees Valley, William and David Maughan are part of a now three-generation family business based near Darlington.
The family have two sites over which they manage 30,000 free range laying hens, producing for a range of retailers and brands including Noble Foods’ happy egg company, Co-op and Tesco. The family ventured in free range egg production in 1999, where they started with the smaller shed, then in 2002 put up the second larger unit, followed more recently by the new multi-tier unit at Denton Grange.
Food Innovation of the Year JustEgg Chilled Foods
Hatchery of the Year Moy Park
JustEgg is a manufacture of hard boiled eggs, poached eggs and egg mayonnaise. The company boils and prepares eggs and then packages and preserves them ready for use in the catering and food retail industry.
JustEgg has a state-of-the-art boiling plant and packaging processes all within their purpose-built factory in Leicester. JustEgg’s latest innovation is the introduction of pre-packed poached eggs in a new oval shape which is ideal for hotels, restaurants and the catering industry. With a focus on quality and presentation, the new shape perfectly complements a range of dishes and provides a welcome addition to any menu.
Moy Park’s state-of-the-art hatchery in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire opened in September 2017, a £20 million investment creating 55 new jobs in the area. The new facility which supplies 60 farms across Lincolnshire is one of the first of its kind in Europe and hatches 2.5 million chicks per week, making it the largest single-build hatchery in the UK. Employing industry leading technology to ensure the best possible production, animal welfare, hygiene and biosecurity standards, the facility utilises the latest automation techniques and energy efficient equipment reducing electrical energy usage by 25%.
Now in operation for over 18 months the hatchery is operating well – at high capacity and producing consistent returns. Over 18 months the Hatchery has set almost 210 million eggs.
Marketing Initiative of the Year Noble Foods
Processor of the Year Maelor Foods
In recent years retailers have increased their private label free range egg offering to address consumers’ concerns around animal welfare, making it increasingly challenging for Happy Egg to grow on hen welfare and taste credentials alone.
In order to maintain relevance as a household brand and within the category, the brand has recently been re-positioned and with this comes a new campaign with a brand purpose ‘Full of natural tasty goodness’. The business has three key initiatives. National Schools Partnerships; Parkrun; and On-Pack Promotion. Mid-way through the campaign, the school packs have educated 122,700 pupils on the nutritional benefits of eggs. At Parkrun, each week, Noble Foods has delivered weekly newsletters to 733,000 park-runners.
Maelor Foods began production in November 2017 with 25 chickens and, 18 months later, it now processes 400,000 per week.
Maelor Foods is a state-of-the-art purpose-built poultry slaughtering facility based in Wrexham, North Wales, which uses the most innovative processing methods to ensure it operates to the highest standard.
It currently processes 400,000 birds per week, with ambitions to increase this to one million per week in the near future. It employs 140 people with the aim of creating a further 80 jobs.
Pullet Rearer of the Year Humphrey Pullets
Technology Innovation of the Year Vencomatic Poultry UK
Humphrey Pullets is a pullet supplier to independent free range and organic farmers, rearing day-old chicks to 16 weeks of age.
The rearing houses are equipped to match the varying different systems on customers’ laying farms with the jump-up, multi-tier system as standard. Feed and water are located in such a way as to train the pullets to be mobile, so that they can make a great start with the range of systems they will encounter on customers’ farms, reducing stress at transfer.
The company currently supplies 1.5 million pullets annually from its rearing farms.
The Miteperch is a perch that kills red mite without harmful chemicals.
It provides a strong secure grip due to the mushroom shape and the ribbed surface. Underneath, two low voltage electrodes prevent red mite reaching the birds when they perch at night. It has been successful in eradicating red mite at the sites where it is installed and helps to reduce keel bone injuries sustained when birds fall off standard perch tubes.
It was trailed on two sites late in 2017 and was made available on general release in May 2018.
Trade Supplier of the Year Phillips Brothers Wood Shavings
Established in 1894, Phillips Brothers Wood Shavings has been providing wood shavings and sawdust for poultry houses throughout the south east of England for 125 years and also offers a range of bedding products.
Other services offered by Phillips Brothers include initial lay spreads that experienced operatives will carry out using an AG dispenser, ensuring even coverage throughout the sheds. When it comes to customers’ poultry bedding, biosecurity is the number-one priority
Plant Manager of the Year Nick Burgess
Unit Manager of the Year Chris Wright
Nick Burgess joined the business as a process operative in 1998 and has always worked in the poultry industry. In his 21 years with the business Nick has earned the roles of senior team leader, trainee production manager, department manager, production manager, business unit manager and operations manager.
Burgess is now the factory manager, responsible for a team of over 1,450 people. In 2018, he achieved three record production weeks, supporting Moy Park’s delivery of 6 million birds per week processing target. Under Burgess’ leadership the Anwick plant has been awarded the Moy Park site of the quarter award for three consecutive quarters.
Chris Wright is a farm manager on a modern broiler unit with eight sheds, placing 340,000+ birds per crop. The business is a contract grower for Moy Park.
Wright has worked in broilers for 10 years and manages a young team, consisting of an assistant and apprentice. Within his first year at Maidenhouse, Wright was awarded ‘Best Grower in Lincolnshire’ .