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11.08.2004 General News

Ghanaian Woman Picks Heinz Award

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A Ghanaian, Ms Theresa Adams, was among seven individuals who were honoured at the second annual premier awards ceremony by J.H. Heinz Company, the world-wide European seafood giants, for executing with excellence, the premier values in their jobs at Heinz.

The ceremony, climaxed with a special dinner and attended by all seven award winners world-wide and held in Tower Bridge, one of London's best known and landmarks, coincided with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), a Ghanaian subsidiary of Heinz group.

To Heinz Europe, the premier awards has been instituted to show to the world what the company's business stands for, values that individuals hold, guide their behaviour in daily life and values that “we hold as individuals inspire and motivate us to reach set goals,” Mr Joe Jimenez, Executive Vice President of Heinz Group said.

He said this year's programme, the second in succession received more than double the nominations, with some 1,000 from across Heinz Europe and Africa, saying winners were categorised into seven groups making the competition tough. The categories include passion, risk tolerance, excellence, motivation, innovation, empowerment, and respect.

Ms Adams, from the Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), currently the largest most efficient agro-processor in the fisheries sub-sector and producers of top quality Ghanaian branded canned tuna, Star Kist Tuna, won the Risk Tolerance award. Risk Tolerance, the second value on the company's category of awards is defined as the need to take risks without compromising the integrity of its products.

Among the qualities that won for her the award were the personal risk she took to drive change in a tough working programme such as introducing new shift patterns despite concerns from local unions and being the first woman to agree to work night shifts as a result of which she became a model to other women in the plant.

Passion, the first of the values also defined as being enthusiastic of the company's products, people, customers and consumers went to Anne Naiken of the Seycheles seafood plant.While Geoff Parnowski from the UK facility in Okchampion UK, took home the award in Excellence, Fabio Corvi from Southern Europe and the company's Latina plant picked the value in Motivation.

Innovation, defined as the ability to harness the creative flair, originality and intervention however, went to a team of Peter Boterman, Robin Air, and Simmon Digby, top down, a Ketchup team whose product, now available in 13 countries, has also helped to increase Ketchup volume by six per cent.

Nikolai Doudeav, the manager of the babyfood factory in Georgievsk in Russia who achieved exceptional business growth, profitability, quality and safety of plant won for himself the value for Empowerment.Similarly, Radboud Willims from the Netherlands claimed the value for Respect, defined as behaving in a decent, fair and equitable way in all the company's dealings with each other.

In closing, the managing director reminded all that the premier values helped to define what Heinz Group stood for, when dealing with each other, with customers and all other stakeholders.