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Tetra Pak Processing Solutions Award

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The ingenuity and resilience of farmers looking to add value and diversify to their agricultural operations were highlighted by winning articles entered for the 2008 Tetra Pak Processing Solutions awards.

"It is encouraging to see such excellent examples of farm and rural enterprise and that these examples are being reported for the benefit of all by journalists who are committed to high standards of reporting," said William Berrisford of Tetra Pak Processing. "But this does make life hard for the award judges; we had a wide range of entries, all of which were of a very high standard."

William Berrisford of Tetra Pak Processing

Guild member and award organiser John Foster of Media Matters added: "It was very difficult to select just three winners, such was the quality and diversity of subject matter and the quality of the writing. So the judges put particular emphasis on the stated criteria of the value of information to the intended audience, an area in which the Tetra Pak judges have considerable experience and thus felt able to pinpoint aspects of stories that would be of particular value to readers."

The Guild member category on farm diversification was won by Perthshire-based freelance Claire Powell for her article Farm enterprise is in high spirits, which described the installation of a still on an Islay farm. It was published in Farmers Weekly.

Claire Powell – Guild member category winner

Articles published in Farmers Guardian took the winning and runner-up spots in the open class, which can be entered by any journalist writing about liquid processing.

The winning article covered the development of flavoured milk to help expand a family dairy farm in Pembrokeshire, while the runner-up piece described an award-winning soft cheese operation.

Read the winning articles here:


Guild members Eilidh MacPherson, Mike Green and Suzie Horne took all three prizes in the inaugural Tetra Pak Processing Solutions Award.

Farm diversification featured prominently in the entries, the only criterion for which was that that they must further our understanding and appreciation of the processed liquid food industry.

Eilidh MacPherson, winner of the inaugural Tetra Pak Processing Solutions journalism award, receives her £500 prize from Alan Stack of Tetra Pak (centre), with Mike Green, one of the runners-up.

Suzi Horne, the other runner-up

The judges - Alan Stack and colleagues at Tetra Pak Processing and award organiser John Foster of PR agency Foster Rowsell - looked for quality and clarity of writing, the research undertaken and the value of the information to the intended audience.

"We want to encourage and reward good, independent journalism in this sector. There has been a high standard of entries and all the winners deserve recognition for their efforts," said Alan Stack. "The articles are also indicative of the extent to which farmers are looking to add value and diversify into the food processing industry, albeit in a small way at first."

The winning entry, from Farming Scotland editor Eilidh MacPherson, examined the options open to dairy farmers and reported on the development of branded natural yoghurt drinks by Borders farmers Messrs Thomas Stewart of Sandyknowe.

Eilidh, who received a cheque for £500 at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, runs the publication single handed from a former shepherd’s cottage on the Isle of Sky but is anything but 'isolated' having travelled widely and written a book on the hardships endured by Scottish farmers who pioneered New Zealand's sheep industry. She still finds time to shear sheep on the family farm and run a Young Farmer of the Year competition.

Runners up were Mike Green for an article in British Dairying on award-winning farmhouse cheese business "Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese" and Suzie Horne's comprehensive and well researched article in Farmers Weekly entitled "So you want to bottle your own water".

They each won £250.

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