The Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA) has unveiled a number of major industry names to have made its Foodservice Top 100 Social Media Influencers 2021 list.
The organisation has launched the scheme to celebrate all the great work that has taken place within the industry and the invaluable information that has been shared throughout one of the toughest periods ever experienced.
The association believes the list is also an opportunity to recognise those who inspire, innovate and educate the sector, and to highlight the impact of those people whose work has encouraged the industry through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anyone in the industry was able to nominate individuals who they think are the most influential people within the industry across their respective digital platforms. The FEA worked with an independent social media agency to determine who the top 100 industry influencers are. The process involved aggregating FEA member votes and individuals’ social media impact.
While the full list and standings will be announced at FEA’s 2021 conference on 15 September at the Chesford Grange hotel in Warwickshire, in the meantime, social media was awash with finalists celebrating their inclusions.
On the distributor side of things, C&C Catering Equipment MD Peter Kitchin got a shout-out, posting: “Nice surprise that I’m on the top 100 Social Media Influencers list. Thanks FEA and all who voted for me!”
Both Paul Neville and Pete Callaghan from CHR Equipment received nods, with Neville writing: “Lovely to read the news that my industry voted for this and we have been recognised in the FEA Foodservice Top 100 Social Media Influencers 2021 list.
“Congratulations to all my industry colleges who have been nominated and adapting through this very different time while keeping your aspirations high for our fantastic hospitality sector.”
The Airedale Group’s supply chain manager Josh Tordoff made the cut too, responding that he was “very surprised but delighted”.
Elsewhere, & Serve’s sales director Jamie Poole was “made up” to be included on the list.
Top of the supplier shortlist revealed so far was Hobart, with three representatives: business development director Iain Munro, cooking product and food prep manager John Stewart, and regional manager Simon Gardiner, who quipped: “I guess this means my tweets are getting noticed!”
In with a brace of inclusions was Meiko UK, in the form of MD, Paul Anderson, who posted: “Wow I didn’t see that coming, what a great and totally unexpected surprise!” As well as national account manager Mark Cooke, who described himself as “shocked and humbled”.
Electrolux Professional was also represented by a pair of executives: Darren Lockley, head of region, UK and Ireland; and business development manager Matt Astbury.
Other recipients included Winterhalter UK’s national head of sales Glenn Roberts; Garry Allitt, National Sales Manager at Williams Refrigeration; Adrian Groves, Falcon area sales manager; Robot-Coupe key account manager Jamie Clews; Lincat Group’s Kieron Baker; Alistair Farquhar, UK channel manager for distribution and specification at Welbilt; and Grande Cuisine’s Graham Russell.
Revalise/AutoQuotes’ UK sales executive Natalie Courbet made the list alongside her company’s corporate social media channel.
Other business social media accounts recognised were Ki-Tech Solutions and Craven & Co.
Elsewhere, foodservice consultant and FCSI UK chair Julian Edwards made the cut, as well as Jayne Jones, national chair of Assist FM.