This year’s CESA Conference has come to a close with an awards presentation honouring an industry stalwart and the latest environmentally friendly catering equipment.
Last night’s ceremony at the De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel in Reading saw Lord Trefgarne win the CESA Outstanding Service to the Industry accolade.
Lord Trefgarne has been CESA’s patron for 22 years, with CESA chairman Glenn Roberts describing him as a loyal and passionate supporter of the UK manufacturing and engineering sector.
“The high level meetings we have taken part in would not have happened without Lord Trefgarne’s engagement,” said Roberts. “He has ensured we have a line direct to the seat of power.
“He carries out this work voluntarily, and has put forward the need for policy work with government and bodies such as WRAS. He is a pleasure to work with.”
Lord Trefgarne took his seat in the House of Lords in 1962 and was a government whip between 1979 and 1981.
Over the years he also held posts in Department of Trade; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Department of Health and Social Security and the Ministry of Defence. In 1985 he was promoted to Minister of State for Defence Support, a post he held until 1986, and then served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement from 1986 to 1989 and as a Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1989 to 1990. In 1989 he was admitted to the Privy Council.
Lord Trefgarne was one of 90 hereditary peers elected to remain after the 1999 House of Lords Act.
Furthermore, he was president of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers when they merged with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 2006.
Prior to the headline accolade, the FCSI Sustainable Catering Equipment Award winner was announced as Adande’s Aircell integrated grab and go foodservice cabinet.
Julian Edwards, FCSI UK and Ireland chairman, said: “Adande has brought a piece of equipment to the market which achieves not only a significant reduction in energy consumption, but also gives the opportunity for reduction in food wastage through prolonging the life of food.”
Runner-up was Enviro-Cool for its V-Tex drinks chiller, with Edwards commending: “The use of this equipment can bring about very significant reduction in energy use whilst also bringing greater operational flexibility.”
And in third place was Winterhalter’s Connected Wash system, which Edwards praised for increasing efficiency, and reducing the use of consumables, energy and water.
Earlier in the day the CESA Conference’s presentations saw topics as diverse as the Brexit impact, restaurant and dining trends and the connected kitchen discussed. Read a full report in Catering Insight’s January issue.