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Inghams scoops the pool with three Supplier of the Year Awards

2012 will surely go down in Australian foodservice history as “the year of Inghams” – because this year Australia’s premier poultry products supplier has been named Supplier of the Year three times over!

For once, the nation’s most prestigious foodservice organisations are all in agreement – in naming the long-established poultry company Food Supplier of the Year.

Inghams received the accolade first from the Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia (FSAA), followed by a second award from NAFDA, and a third from Countrywide.

To determine its Food Supplier of the Year, the FSAA asked foodservice distributor groups to rate companies from a scale of one to five against criteria including communication, business cooperation, staff professionalism, administration and marketing support.

Voters were asked to specify their placing to one decimal point, in order to aid a clear outcome.

This was soon followed by Inghams being named NAFDA’s Supplier of the Year in recognition of excellence in the foodservice industry.

The award was presented by NAFDA Chairman Kon Tsoumanis and CEO Mark Hancock at NAFDA’s gala awards night on 23 June.

Complementing the above two awards was the final Supplier of the Year award, this time from the Countrywide Network, Australia’s largest national group of independent foodservice distributors.

So what is it that sets Inghams apart from the competition, making it such an award-winning purveyor of poultry?

According to Inghams Group Sales Manager Tom Dean, it’s the “partnership approach” that Inghams undertakes across the foodservice supply chain.

“We endeavour to treat everyone the same – and we regard our distributors as valued partners and an essential part of the supply chain which delivers our products to the foodservice consumer,” Tom said.

In accepting the three awards on behalf of Inghams, Tom emphasised that he regarded them as “a vote of confidence from the foodservice industry in our business philosophy.”

He added the awards were also an acknowledgment of all the hard work, commitment to excellence and ongoing dedication of Inghams’ staff and workers.

“Everyone at Inghams goes the extra mile to help deliver the best quality, competitively priced products in a range broad enough to meet the demanding needs of foodservice professionals,” Tom pointed out.

“To have recognition from the industry that this approach is the right way forward is both gratifying and encouraging.”

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