John Shine, the founder of Newport-based distributor Shine Food Machinery sadly passed away at the weekend, aged 77.

John established the company in 1974; the firm still remains family owned and retains the values and ethics instilled by its founder.

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His son Julian, who has been the MD of the distributor since 1996, said: “It is with great regret that I announce the passing of John Shine.

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“Those of you who have worked alongside John over his long career will know that large and noisy space that he occupied will be impossible to fill.

“It has been wonderful and comforting to hear the respect and warmth with which he was regarded by everyone that his enthusiasm, drive and generosity touched.

“He was an inspiration and that he influenced so many is his greatest legacy.”