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oliver james holds a strength & fitness games team building event

Oliver James Foods held a ‘Strength and Fitness Games Day’ at a local gym, JDAR sports, in Birmingham.  Colleagues competed with each other in 7 gruelling events that would sap every ounce of energy and test every muscle! The teams were supported by cheerleaders encouraging them to go beyond their physical limits, and the music from the resident DJ kept the pulses racing.


The activities comprised of dynamic strength, isometric and cardiovascular events including tyre flipping, farmers walk, shoulder pressing, a 2.25 mile run and a tug-of-war.  It took place over a 5 hour period, with many protein bars and energy drinks consumed over the course of the day. All teams were highly competitive and the range of exercises ensured everyone was truly tested.


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After a titanic battle in the final tug of war, the winning team comprised of Casey Higgins, Soran Ali Karim and Chris Orr and they duly received their winners medals with pride. Nathan Morris and Alicia Staskiewicz were also awarded individual achievement medals.  

This was a great company event as everyone enjoyed the day and the team spirit was running exceptionally high.  Thank you to those who organised and participated in the event to make it a success.

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oliver james chicken liver parfait wins first place at the quality food & drink awards
This award reflects our great tasting, high quality products that our customers can proudly use with confidence on their menus.
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bronze award winner for the chicken, cheese, chorizo & piperade pie
We are delighted to announce that Oliver James and Proper Pies won a bronze award at the 2019 BFFF Product Awards.  

It was awarded to our delicious Chicken, Cheese, Chorizo & Piperade Pie as part of the Foodservice Best New Bakery Product category.
On Friday 5th April 2019, Sharon Birkett presented Casey Higgins, Oliver James and Proper Pies Technical Manager, with the newly introduced OSI Europe QA Communication Award.  

Sharon Birkett, Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at OSI International Holding GmbH, explains;


“OSI Quality Group created this new award for the best communicator at the annual OSI Europe QA Meeting.  Each Technical Manager presented an opportunity or best practice from their site.  Their peers voted on their presentation skills, clarity and conciseness.  Clear, concise communication and commanding attention are critical skills for a Technical Manager when they are involved in a crisis or communicating up the organisational structure. 


We are proud of Casey Higgins, the first winner of the prestigious Communication Award.  Casey can now display her trophy, drive the competitive spirit and show her skills to the site teams.  Congratulations Casey, a job well done!"

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proper pies wins chefs' choice award for its delicious chicken & woodland mushroom pie
On 5th March 2019, at the iconic Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, Proper Pies won gold for its Chicken & Woodland Mushroom Pie in the Savoury Pies and Flans category. 

The Chefs' Choice Awards are a highlight in the foodservice calendar, hosted by The Grocer. The awards are designed to showcase the creative and innovative work of the foodservice industry. Winning this award reinforces just how delicious our Proper Pies are!
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Oliver James wins the 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award from Mitchells & Butlers!
We were extremely proud to be announced as the “Excellence In Innovation” winners at 2018 Mitchells & Butlers awards ceremony.

The awards aim to recognise outstanding performance, and excellence across the Mitchells and Butlers’ supplier network.

The Excellence in Innovation category is awarded to the supplier that has demonstrated real innovation, creativity and flare when developing products for M&B, and represents our continued commitment to working closely with our customers.
Proper Pies scoop more awards at the 2018 British Pie Awards!!
Mushroom, Spinach & Truffle Oil Pie and Steak & Stilton Fondue Pie with Beef Dripping Gravy both win Gold awards while Chicken, Ham & Cheddar Pie, Chicken, Pancetta & Chardonnay Pie and Steak & Mushroom Duxelle Pie all win silver awards.
Proper Pies scoop another prestigious award
Asda Cafes have recently announced that the Meal Solutions Winner in their Foodservice Quality Food Awards 2017 is Proper Pies Individual Steak & Ale Pie.

BFFF Award Winners Again 2017
Early June saw us pick up BFFF awards for three delicious pies.

The awards are organised by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), and presented at the trade association’s annual gala dinner dance held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

These long-standing awards are now in their thirtieth year and are recognised throughout the frozen industry as a prestigious accomplishment.

Nominated products are judged by representatives of the highly regarded Craft Guild of Chefs, who are experts in their field, and come from across all areas of the foodservice & hospitality sectors.

All the dishes are bespoke creations, where we have worked in close partnership with customers to develop innovative, delicious menu creations to offer to their diners.
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