Wholesale industry veteran receives MBE

Andy Kemp, Bidfood

Bidfood Group sales and marketing director Dr Andrew Kemp FIH has been awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, in recognition of his services to the foodservice and hospitality industry.

Kemp has worked in the sector for more than 40 years and collaborated alongside industry bodies and charities for notable causes and initiatives.

Particularly close to his heart has been fighting for the protection of universal infant free school meals, along with his work on holiday hunger, advocating and ensuring a better future for children across the UK. Andy has also contributed to research on the dangers of antibiotics and hormones in food, shaping understanding and driving innovation in the area.

He has also been instrumental in rallying the hospitality and foodservice sector to protect the future of the industry, striving to keep it an exciting, rewarding and attractive place to work. This was previously recognised in 2017 after he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of West London for a lifetime contribution to the UK and international food industry.

“I am both proud and delighted to be a recipient of this prestigious award. It’s a great honour to work in such an incredible industry alongside many influential and wonderful people,” Kemp said. “The hospitality industry is extremely close to my heart and it’s been a privilege to use my position in the sector to work alongside such fantastic industry bodies and charities.”

“I’m receiving this award not only on behalf of Bidfood, but on behalf of all of these partners who have offered me a lifetime of support. Thank you, to everyone who has helped me along this journey.”

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Paul Hill
Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. Paul can be found on Twitter on @BW_PaulHill, or can be contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 020 7689 3376.

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