Former managing director of Glanbia plc, John Moloney, has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Checkout Best in Fresh Awards 'Lifetime Achievement' award.
The 2014 Checkout Best in Fresh Awards take place this afternoon at ther Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin.
Moloney, who retired from Glanbia at the end of last year, follows on from Superquinn founder Senator Feargal Quinn and Ronnie Wilson of Monaghan Mushrooms as the third recipient of the award, which acknowledges achievements in the field of fresh produce.
Commenting on the award, Moloney said, "I accept this award not on my own behalf, but on behalf of the wider team in Ireland, particularly those that work in the Consumer Foods business, including current chief executive Colin Gordon, former chief executive Michael Kenny and the late Pat Brophy.
"On their behalf, for their achievements in what is a hugely competitive sector, I'm proud to accept this award."
Moloney joined Waterford Co-op in 1987, having previously worked for the Department of Agriculture in the west of Ireland. When, 10 years later, Waterford Co-Op was merged with Avonmore Foods to create Glanbia, it was Moloney who was called upon to lead the new plc, and he was appointed managing director of the company in 2001.
Glanbia now employs close to 5,000 people in 17 countries, and sells its products in more than 130 countries.
The Checkout Best in Fresh Awards commemorate excellence in fresh produce, with awards presented in a total of 22 categories.
© 2014 - Checkout Magazine by Stephen Wynne-Jones