Dairy, Fresh and Chilled Manufacturing Company of the Year

Charlie Bigham’s Quarry Kitchen

Quarry Kitchen produces every meal Charlie Bigham sells with fresh ingredients prepared daily.

More than 400 people work at the site and the company has focused in the past year on developing skills and capabilities within the team to deliver quality and efficiency.

The company has continuously invested in the business, which has seen an overall increase in Quarry capacity. This has been aided by the investment in a spiral cooler fed by an additional cookwell and two new high-speed production lines.

The company focuses on a complete and continuous program of Continuous Improvement (CI). He has established a cohort of CI leaders who provide problem-solving training and ongoing coaching to 22 team leaders.

Crust and Crumb Bakery

Crust & Crumb is based in Northern Ireland and manufactures gluten-free and commercial dough-based products at room temperature, chilled and frozen. It specializes in the production of private label pizza crusts, topped pizzas, flatbreads, tortillas, and garlic breads. It also specializes in the production of high-quality frozen and refrigerated bakery products for leading retail, foodservice, and manufacturing customers.

Working from his five production facilities, he produces all of his doughs from scratch, proofing them for up to 36 hours.

Its strategy has been to invest in facilities, people and processes. It operates its own wind turbine for energy, has invested in a wood-fired pizza oven fired with beech logs from renewable sources, and works with strategic partners who use their bakery waste to produce animal feed. Over the past year, the business has continued to grow with new international contacts. He recently bought a pre-made business that produces all kinds of garlic bread.

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