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The UK largest farmer of trout and a major processor of fish and seafood, Dawnfresh fought off competition from household names including Baxters Food Group, Loch Fyne Oysters and Scotbeef, to win both the Environmental Sustainability and Investing in People awards.

At the beginning of 2015 Dawnfresh laid out their commitments to environmental sustainability, pledging to reduce energy use by 10% and carbon in packaging by 3% and continue their efforts to minimise the company’s carbon footprint. Judges applauded the company’s high standards across the board including the brand’s robust environmental strategy and their strong commitment to management systems.

Dawnfresh was also lauded for their comprehensive and corporate-wide approach to identifying skill gaps through PDPs and competency reviews, resulting in a 15% increase in productivity per employee over the past two years.

Russell Donaldson, Head of Marketing at Dawnfresh, says, “We are thrilled to have been recognised in these fields - they both lie at the very core of the Dawnfresh brand. At RR Spink & Sons in particular, we place a huge emphasis on sustainability and maintaining our industry-leading welfare standards, with minimal environmental impact.

“Receiving this award for Environmental Sustainability really shows that we are on the right track and are recognised within the industry for best practice.”

Helen Muir, Group HR Director at Dawnfresh, says, “We pride ourselves on the passion, knowledge and expertise of our people and we have been recognised for our comprehensive suite of training designed to benefit and enhance all staff learning, development and progression. Receiving the award for Investing in People in recognition of this is the result of the hard work from the whole team - we are all absolutely delighted!”

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