apetito wins the King’s Award for Enterprise

This is the fourth time the company hasr eceived a Royal honour, as it has previously won three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development

apetito has been honoured with the UK’s highest business accolade, The King’s Awards for Enterprise, Sustainable Development. 

apetito is one of an elite number of companies which, over the past two decades, have won multiple Enterprise awards in both Innovation and Sustainable Development.  2024 sees the company’s fourth Royal honour, having previously won three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (two for Innovation in 2005 and 2016, and one in 2019 for Sustainable Development). 

This year, it is one of 252 organisations nationally to be awarded a prestigious King’s Awards for Enterprise, with just 29 businesses being recognised for their work in Sustainable Development. 

CEO and Chair of apetito UK & North America, Paul Freeston, underscores that this win was a reflection of the extraordinary teamwork and values that are shared from top to bottom within the business and says: “We are proud, honoured and delighted to have been recognised in The King’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2024.  It epitomises the collective hard work, dedication, and vision of our entire team. 

“All of us at apetito are passionate about ‘making a real difference’ to people’s lives and we believe our commitment to sustainable development reflects this. Sustainability informs not just the way we work, but how we treat people, the impact on the environment and our contribution to the economy. Put simply, we believe it’s the right way to do business”

Positive impact

The Award recognises apetito’s commitment to conducting business in a way that impacts positively on the environment, society, and economy – and of course the residents it serves in homes across the UK.  In particular, it celebrates apetito’s commitment to sustainability, its ambition to reach Net Zero by 2040, and its work in taking concrete actions to meet challenging short-term targets for carbon reduction and supporting climate change – targets which are validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). 

At the heart of this recognition lies ‘Project Boomerang,’ a pioneering sustainability initiative, launched through its consumer business, Wiltshire Farm Foods, which focuses on the company’s ready-meal deliveries and is the world’s first closed-loop recycling system for plastic meal trays on an industrial scale.  Not only does the Awards recognise apetito’s achievement of closed loop production, it also referenced the company’s pivotal role in shaping Government policy and driving advancements in recycling practices.

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