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Aberdeen food producer receives Royal Honour

The Aberdeen team (Wiltshire Farm Foods)

ABERDEEN-based ready meal provider, Wiltshire Farm Foods, has been awarded a King’s Awards for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2024.  

Regarded as the UK’s highest business accolade, it is the fourth time the company has received the Royal honour, having previously won three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.   

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The company’s ambitious closed-loop recycling scheme – which involves customers returning food trays back to drivers where 100% of them are subsequently recycled into new trays – is a world-first initiative on an industrial scale.  

This groundbreaking project has seen 25 million trays be recycled to date; an achievement which gained considerable recognition from the award body and helped to secure this prestigious win. 

Speaking on behalf of Wiltshire Farm Foods, CEO Paul Freeston, is delighted with the award win, saying: 

“We are proud and honoured to have been recognised in the King’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2024.  It epitomises the hard work, dedication and vision of our entire team.

 “All of us at apetito and Wiltshire Farm Foods are passionate about ‘making a real difference’ to people’s lives and we believe our commitment to sustainable development reflects this. Sustainability informs not just the way we work, but how we treat people, the impact on the environment and our contribution to the economy. Put simply, we believe it’s the right way to do business.”

The award also recognises parent company apetito’s commitment to doing business in a way that positively impacts on the environment.  Its ambition to reach Net Zero by 2040 and its dedication to meet challenging short-term targets for carbon reduction, demonstrates how the company is committed to supporting climate change. 

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