National food award for Tamar

Tamar Foods MD Warren Day receives the award from awards sponsor Jeff Williams of SA Partners (l) and TV presenter Chris Hollins (r)

Callington-based Tamar Foods has been named the UK’s best manufacturer of prepared foods.

The company – which makes own label pastry products and desserts for some of the UK’s largest food retailers – scooped the accolade last night at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2010.

The judges were particularly impressed by Tamar’s phased strategy of improvements and growth. In just three years, Tamar has increased its turnover by 50%, while profitability has tripled.

One judge said: “Tamar was for me by far and away the strongest entry – particularly its human resources development. It really is an important priority for the business.”

The annual Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, run by Food Manufacture magazine, are the premier event in the UK food manufacturing calendar. Prizes are awarded across nine manufacturing categories, from best ambient and general groceries to best seafood supplier.