The Awards Council
Through its Awards Council the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers enhances its impact on the fresh produce sector by fulfilling the Company’s objectives of:
- Supporting the fruit industry by
- Supporting Research and Education
- Promoting excellence across all sectors.
- Contributing significantly to the diet and health of current and future generations.
Promoting Excellence across all sectors
For the promotion and reward of excellence the Awards Council recommends the recipients of a number of prestigious Awards some of which are made triennially in rotation and presented at the Company’s Annual Banquet. These are:
- The Ridley Medal for distinguished service to Fruit Growing.
- The Matthew Mack Award for Distinguished Training Achievements in the Fruit Industry.
- The Lewis Award for distinguished Service to the Marketing of Fresh Fruit.
There is also a group of Awards made annually for outstanding contributions to the Fruit Sector. These include:
- Master’s Medal (at the Master’s discretion) – for exceptional service to the fruit industry.
- Fruit Culture Award – recognising someone who has made a substantial contribution to the fruit industry through communicating skills and / or by technology transfer).
- Fruiterers Management Award – recognising the progressive and innovative skills of a manager currently working within fruit growing.
- Craftsman Award – recognising conspicuous craftsmanship or exercise of practical skills in fruit growing.
- Fruiterers under 30 Award – recognising a young person (30 years of age or younger) who is making a significant contribution to the sector by advancing or improving the business in which they work.
The Company also promotes excellence by sponsoring a number of trophies, medals and prizes.
There is the Supreme Champion Cider Cup – presented each year to the maker of the Supreme Champion Cider at the Royal Bath and West Show.
Medals are awarded each year at the National Fruit Show for:
The most meritorious exhibit of dessert apples
The most meritorious exhibit of culinary apples
The most meritorious exhibit of pears
Most Meritorious Exhibit Prizes are awarded at:
The Kent County Show for the best in class for both cherries and soft fruit
The National Fruit Show for the best exhibit of dessert and culinary apples and the best exhibit of pears.
The best Amateur Grower fruit growers are recognised by the Company’s support of the RHS Autumn Show where a Diploma is awarded for the best collection of apples and best collection of pears.
The Fruiterers Cup is awarded to the best in-show marmalade at the International Marmalade Festival and the Company sponsors the prize to the maker of the winning People’s Choice Perry at the Malvern Autumn Show.
Additionally, the Company from time to time supports Nuffield Scholars www.nuffieldscholar.org, Industry Travel Bursaries and the Master may present his own Award for Meritorious Achievement.
The Company’s latest Nuffield Scholar is John Smith.