Ice machine manufacturer Hoshzaki Europe, waste and disposable specialists Vegware and food producer Apetito have announced that they are all proud recipients of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise in this year's roll-call.
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation - for commercial success as a result of innovation; international trade - for growth and commercial success in international trade and sustainable development - for commercially successful products, services and management that benefit the environment, society and the economy.I
Hoshizaki has been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016 which recognises the company's dedication to driving business growth and exports to the European, North American and Asian markets.
Established in Telford in 1994, the factory is now responsible for producing 80% of Hoshizaki ice machines sold in Europe and the Telford team's success has been attributed to its dedication to a strong and innovative R&D department, a concerted effort to develop products to suit a variety of consumer budgets and the pursuit of a compelling product diversification strategy.
Apetito has also been awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation for a second time for its work in pioneering ground-breaking texture modified meals (a range of softer foods), specially developed for those living with dysphagia (the clinical term for individuals who experience chewing and swallowing difficulties).
Paul Freeston, chief executive of Apetito, said: "All of us at apetito are passionate about making a real difference to people's lives and we believe that our softer foods range is the very best of its type across the world.
"The range has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life, allowing them to dine with dignity whilst increasing nutritional intake. Most importantly, it has brought back enjoyment into people's mealtimes".
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