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FPC announces new awards and services at 68th annual dinner

7 February 2014

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) held its 68th annual dinner on February 1 at The Savoy in London and used the occasion to launch a new website and announce its new awards to honour the industry as well as its involvement in a ground-breaking trade show.
FPC president Jim Rogers hosted distinguished guests and members from across the global fresh produce industry in the famous hotel’s sumptuous Lancaster Ballroom against the backdrop of the evening’s Best of British theme.
The president told a packed ballroom: “After many months of development, we have a brand new and exciting, interactive website which goes live on February 7.
“In conjunction with this we will launch the new industry Fresh Awards, scheduled to take place in June as part of our new venture, The London Produce Show. We are delighted to work in partnership with Jim Prevor and his team on a three-day fresh produce conference and exhibition, turning the world industry focus on London.”
The hundreds of guests at the event were treated to a fanfare arrival, a recitation of Robert Burns’ Ode to A Haggis and performances by Scottish pipers, The British Imperial Military Band and The Vernon Sisters, as well as James Bond themed cocktails and a five-course dinner showcasing the best of British produce – the first time in the event’s history that it has adopted a British theme.
Peter Cooper, life-long wholesaler and master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and his lady were guests of honour and shared the evening with representatives from the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, Egypt, Jamaica and the US.
Jim Rogers thanked LINKFRESH - major sponsor for seven consecutive years - and the event’s other sponsors including; The London Produce Show, New Covent Garden Market, New Spitalfields Market, Bradford St James Wholesale Market and Sophie Hanna Flowers which created the stunning table decorations.
He concluded: “The year ahead is exciting and the FPC maintains its passion for the industry, and its commitment to deliver an outstanding service for you, its valued members.”
Guests and members alike enjoyed the event. Katia McKenzie, minister counsellor for trade and investment at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic said: “It was an awesome evening and I very much enjoyed the excellent entertainment, most delicious food and great company.”
Andy Garton, category director of fresh produce at Morrisons was full of praise. He said: "Saturday night was by far the best [annual dinner] one we have done, really enjoyed it, food was great as well as everything else - great job!
And Aimee Stocker of Greencell, which hosted a table for its customers said: “All of our guests have commented that it was the best [annual dinner] yet, with the most inspired food and entertainment.” Her words were echoed by Trevor Shulton of Rodanto who said: “The Best of British theme was a great idea and all aspects of the evening were deemed a great success by all attendees that I spoke to.”
New FPC member Mark Fryer, managing director of Cambs Compressor Engineering also commented: “We met some lovely people and had a fantastic evening.”
The London Produce Show will take place on June 4-6 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane and the FPC Fresh Awards on the evening of June 5 at the Intercontinental Park Lane.

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