Walton Young Farmers get judging tuition

On Tuesday 21st March, we welcomed the Young Farmers from Walton, near Carlisle to our depot. They were taking part in carcass judging tuition. The challenge for the visitors Walton YF 1was to judge three locally sourced lambs and two whole pigs. David Jenkins, our sales director, helped and guided them to the key features and attributes they should be looking for, i.e. fat cover, thickness of back, shape of forequarter.

A Field Day competition takes place on 13th May where 25 Young Farmers clubs from across Cumbria come together to compete in a range of activities. Carcass judging is just one of the competitions that Walton Young Farmers will take part in, so with expert tuition from David, we’re sure they’ll do well!

An award-winning evening!

On Friday 17th March we picked up a fantastic accolade at the North East and Scotland Awards for Excellence … we won Individual Supplier of the Year 2017 at the awards ceremony held by the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA).

LACA award websiteThe event was held at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham and our sales and key accounts manager, Brian Baxter went along to collect the prize.

We were nominated by Northumberland County Council who have been impressed by our hard work and excellent service to their schools. Gillian Arnott, School Meals Service Manager, had many great things to say about Pioneer Foodservice: “As a customer we are extremely well looked after, the service is always very personal. Nothing is too much trouble. The drivers are friendly, flexible and accommodating.”

It was a fantastic event and we would like to thank Gillian for our nomination.

The lucky golden ticket winner is revealed!

We would like to congratulate The Sun Inn at Bassenthwaite. The golden ticket event was held at our recent food show and the lucky winner scooped a fantastic prize of £1,000!

golden ticket 2017Area Sales Manager, James Daniels, went along to The Sun Inn to congratulate owner,  Lisa Seabourne. A very happy and stunned Lisa said: “I was on holiday when James texted me. I couldn’t believe it – I never win anything! It was a lovely surprise.”

Lisa had thoroughly enjoyed the show and had this to say of Pioneer: “I buy nearly everything from Pioneer as the quality of food is fantastic. I’m now going to try a variety of new things on my menu with the money I won.”

Congratulations, Lisa!