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Food and drink entrepreneurs named in Queen’s Birthday honours list

Food and drink entrepreneurs named in Queen’s Birthday honours list

Some of the most highly respected leaders in the food and drink industry have been named in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Wade Lyne, the boss of the ethnic food company Cleone Foods has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to business in his local community.

Mr Lyne's firm produces a range of Caribbean snacks and supplies an impressive 100,000 Island Delight patties a week to retailers all over the UK.

The Birmingham-based businessman expressed his delight, at such public recognition, explaining to Food that he was "deeply proud" at being given the award.

He said: "When I came over to the UK as a teenager, I was surprised to find how difficult it was to buy a pattie, and a bag of chips just wasn’t the same. Later on, I decided I wanted to help bring the vibrant Caribbean tastes and flavours I grew up with to the British market.

"Caribbean culture and influence continues to be an extremely important part of modern British cuisine."

Others in the industry to be honoured include Brian Stein, who is the new non-executive director of the Karro Food Group after joining last month.

Mr Stein has managed to amass over four decades' worth of experience in the food industry, spending ten years as the chief executive officer of Samworth Brothers and nine years at Northern Foods.

He was also awarded a CBE for his services to business in his local community of Leicestershire.

James Lambert, the chief executive of Europe's largest own-label ice cream company, was given an OBE, also for services to business.

It is a fitting accolade for Mr Lambert, who stated last year that his ambition was to build an ice cream company capable of becoming bigger than Unilever's operation in Europe.

And 2013 could get better for him and his firm, as he has been named as one of six candidates for the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2013 Personality of the Year.


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