Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Company presented with Queen’s Award by Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire

Lord Lieutenant Sarah Troughton and CEO Paul Freeston (centre) with apetito staffCare sector food producer apetito has been presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, by Sarah Troughton, The Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

This award recognised apetito’s commitment to conducting business in a way that impacts positively on the environment, society and economy.

From being a member of environmental bodies such as the UK Plastics Pact and Ethical Trade Initiative, to working with customers to reduce food waste and supporting the local community and charities, the food producer puts sustainability at the heart of everything it does.

The Lord Lieutenant was full of praise for apetito on its 3rd Queen’s Award win. “It is incredibly impressive for a business to win three of these awards," she said.

"apetito is the epitome of what a good business should be, and to present this award today has been an absolute privilege.

"I am incredibly proud of our county and it is our local business community which keeps it going, both financially and economically. Having Queen’s Award-winning businesses in Wiltshire can only continue to do it good.”

The presentation was attended by over 30 apetito staff, from the CEO, to many of those involved directly with the award entry.

A lunch was attended by some of apetito’s ‘Long Service Heroes’, members of Team apetito with over 20 years’ service.

Carol Walton, who was presented with this year’s trophy, has been with the company for over 42 years, believes it is the company’s commitment to its staff and customers which makes the real the difference.

“I have seen the company progress to become a very employee orientated business, who really look after their own. This commitment was a key reason why we won this award," she said.

“apetito also makes a real difference to the customers we serve. My father, who is 101 for example, would not be able to live independently in his own home if it wasn’t for the food, we provide via our Wiltshire Farm Foods business. It is a great honour to be here today.”

Paul Freeston, CEO and chairman of apetito UK, dedicated this award to all members of staff who made it possible,

“This award reflects everyone involved with apetito. We have been on a journey over the last few years of really pushing to become an ethical and sustainable business, and this award is the pinnacle of that journey," he said.

“This type of recognition is for all members of Team apetito, no matter what area of the business they work in. The continued success of this company is the culmination of all the hard work being done by everyone who works here.”

Based in Trowbridge, apetito is the UK’s leading creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector.