AN ELLESMERE Port-based food business has scooped a highly- commended national award.
Gibson’s Foods won the honour at the prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards.
The awards, which took place at the Churchill Museum and War Rooms in London, reward organi- sations across the food chain making a positive difference to the communities in which they operate.
The company was presented with the prize in the workplace category of the awards for its Work Active Challenge.
Gibson’s Foods is working in partnership with the borough council to implement the scheme, which aims to increase awareness of healthy lifestyles among the company’s employees by providing a timetable of activity based around the working day.
The three-month programme of various healthy lifestyle events was launched in March 2008, and included a Healthy Living Week, a pedometer challenge, guided walks and education for employees on healthy breakfast alternatives.
Julian Hunt, FDF director of communications and an awards judge said: “It’s great to see that the food industry’s huge dedication towards community initiatives is continuing each year, whether it be sports schemes with local schools, improving workplace wellbeing or teaching people where their food comes from.
“This year we received some excellent entries, which outlined initiatives that are helping to educate, inspire and develop local communities across the UK.”